Contributed by Columnist Duane Williams, Jr.
GOD IS GOOD! My name is Duane Williams, Jr. and I am a native Baltimorean. A graduate of W. E. B. DuBois High School, I was a three sport all-star athlete in basketball, football and baseball. I continued my education at Baltimore City Community College.
I grew up in East Baltimore and joined the Baltimore City Police Department at the age of 20 and has been employed there for the last 5 years.
I am also a youth minister at my church Faith Tabernacle Church under the leadership of Pastor R. G. Hardy. At Faith Tabernacle, I learned how to exercise my faith and trust God in all areas of my life. I am also part of several non-profit organizations that promote youth development.
Like everyone I have had to overcome many obstacles in my life, including losing my father at the age of 15. With such a devastating loss, I sought out positive male role models who taught me how to be a man and more importantly, how to be a man of God.
In this column, I hope to share with both young men and women that being young, Black, single and Christian is not a walk in the park. It is a daily struggle that I would have no other way. I intend to share my testimony of overcoming adversity, falling into temptation, dating and having to leave others behind who didn’t respect my decision to live by the word of God.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11