Lawrence Vinson Jr. Security Consulting

“The phone is the Key to better management of access to doors, gates.” –Lawrence Vinson Jr.

Lawrence Vinson Jr. Security Consultant

Hello friends today I’d like to talk about one of the best security systems networks companies in Atlanta.

The company is Priority Response Systems and Networks, LLC, manged by my friend of nine-years–Lawrence Vinson Jr.

What this company does is create security measures specific to the needs of a home, business, or construction site. Lawrence Vinson Jr. has been in business for 30-years, he started out as an ethernet cable business but after ten-years he transitioned into security monitoring and access control systems.

Client list includes:

1.) Home Depot

2.) Morris Brown College

3.) 4 U Records (Recording Studio)

4.) Nfinity ( International Company)

Priority Response Systems and Networks is one of the fastest growing companies in greater Atlanta and it’s not just business in Atlanta. Nine years ago, my father died right around Christmas time and my mother was living alone in Augusta, Georgia and I realized she would need a good security system now that my father had passed on. I asked friends if any knew of a reputable security company and everyone I spoke with told me to call Lawrence Vinson.

I called Lawrence and told him the situation and I asked him if he could do the job in short order, he told me he could. I called my mother and told her to expect someone from Priority Response Systems and Networks. Lawrence went to Augusta, met my mom and put a wonderful system in that was easy to understand and simple to use. Lawrence Vinson Jr. and I have been friends ever since.

So, If you have security needs for your home or business please consider:

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Priority Response Systems and Networks, LLC

3105 Washington Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30344

Phone: (404) 503-0587

Contact: Lawrence Vinson Jr.

E-mail : Prsnetworks@outlook.com

Our Church is better than that…

“So often the contemporary Church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the statusquo.”-MLK

To my fellow clergy, and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, peace and blessings be with you all this Sunday morning. I really need to talk about this song–Amazing Grace. I take issue with this song and remained mystified that the black church continues to sing this mess. Has anyone taken the time to find out what the origins of that song? Has anyone closely examined the words of that song?

“How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” –John Newton

Hmmmmmmm… a wretch like me…now, what in the world have I done so awful that I should sing a song and call myself a wretch? A wretch, just think about the actual meaning of the word in relation to you and the good life you live. Well, let’s go to the dictionary and see what the word means.

Wretch- A base or dispicable person.

Is that YOU?

I thought not!

Why did John Newton write the song Amazing Grace?

First, who was John Newton?

John Newton was a slave owner, slave trader, and a rapist of black women slaves he owned. One day John Newton was in a boat at sea and a big storm came in and rocked the boat violently, John Newton thought he was going to die and so he began to seriously pray and asked God to save him. God heard his prayer and saved his life. In return John Newton wrote a personal song to God.

This song Amazing Grace was not a song for us to sing! This song was a song for this one vile human being –John Newton to sing.

So, I do not understand why this song is still sung in any church. I joined the United States Navy when I was 17-years old and the very first time I came home in my dress white uniform my mother was so proud of me and she pleaded with me to go with her to church the following Sunday. Mother reminded me I should wear my navy uniform–dress whites. So, mother and I go to her church and we are quickly handed hymn books. We read from the book and both begin to sing. All is well until we get to that song–Amazing Grace. I am aghast at the lyric I’m reading:

“How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”

I stopped singing and put the hymn book down, church was over for me. On the ride back home mother asked me why I didn’t sing Amazing Grace. I said,

“Mother, I’m just only seventeen-years old, what have I done in my short life that I should call myself a wretch?” There was silence the rest of the way home and the subject was never brought up again. Many years later I would meet Dick Gregory and Dick Gregory was the one who really educated me on what a vile dirt-bag John Newton was.

Today, when I think of a wretch, I’m thinking–Dylnn Roof; the young man who slaughtered nine church members during Bible school service in Charleston, South Carolina.

So I say to my fellow clergy with great passion,

no one in our church should be singing that dreadful song. We are so much better than that.

Peace and Blessings…

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

THE BOY KING

“But mother, I’m not Black, I’m Brown!”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

This weekend we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the March On Washington. Each month a new street somewhere in the world is named after this remarkable man-Martin Luther King Jr. and my last count was 1,012 streets bear his name. I have written countless essays on Dr. King, but this one is most special to me because we explore his childhood which is almost never explored or talked about. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Martin’s mother was a school teacher and Martin’s father was one of the most famous preachers in Atlanta, perhaps even in the state of Georgia. At six-years old Martin’s two best friends were white boys, they were brothers, Tom and Billy. Each day they would play together all day and often the three would go to each others house have lunch and play as young boys do. One day six-year old Martin went over to Tom and Billy’s house and he knocked on the door, Tom’s mom came to the door and she informed young Martin, Tom and Billy could no longer play with him. Martin confused, asked why.

Tom’s mother told young Martin because he was black and they were white and then she slammed the door in his face. Young Martin went back home confused and deeply troubled at what just happened to him; he told his mother. Martin’s mother tried her best to explain this thing called racism. She tried to tell him how some white people treat black people. Martin never interrupted his mother and when she was finished Martin extended his arms out and emphatically proclaimed:

“BUT MOTHER, I’M NOT BLACK, I’M BROWN!”

I hasten to add Martin Luther King Jr. came into the world Michael King Jr. so at the time of this incident he was called Michael. Martin’s father would change both their names some years later.

At the Atlanta film premiere of GONE WITH THE WIND on December 28th 1939 ten-year old Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on stage at a charity ball dressed as a slave boy for the promotion of the movie.

At age 12 young Martin tried to hurt himself when he was told his beloved grandmother had just died from a heart attack. Martin went to a parade that his parents told him he could not go, he went anyway and when he returned home his parents told him of his grandmother’s passing. Martin went upstairs to his room and jumped out the window intent on hurting himself.

At 15 young Martin was selected to a high school state-wide speaking contest that was held in Valdosta, Georgia, some 100 miles from Atlanta. Martin and his English teacher boarded the bus, but on the way back to Atlanta the bus began to fill up with white passengers, Martin and his teacher were told to give up their seats for the newly arrived white passengers. Martin refused.

Martin’s teacher pleaded with him, she knew they would kill him if he did not comply. So Martin gave up his seat and he and his English teacher had to stand for that long 100 mile trip. I read where Martin Luther King Jr. talked about that horrible experience and he said he was never so angry in his whole life as to that time where he had to stand when he paid for that seat back to Atlanta. I always thought it was appropriate that Dr. King lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott because he had first hand experience of the depravity black bus passengers endured.

At the tender age of 17, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first sermon, the year was 1946 in his father’s church.

“God isn’t some distant figure, high on a thrown in the sky, God is here. God is now. God is in each and everyone of you, you have value, you matter.”

–Martin Luther King Jr.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

The Sabbath Day

“The Sabbath , thus, is more than an armistice, more than an interlude; it is a profound conscious harmony of man and the world, a sympathy for all things and a participation in the spirit that unites what is below and what is above. This is the Sabbath, and the true happiness of the universe.”

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Sabbath was established by God after He made the world in six days. The Sabbath is a day of holiness when man can find special favor with God through prayer and meditation. The sacredness of the Sabbath serves as a perpetual reminder to humankind of our Covenant with God. Yes, the Sabbath is a day we can and should strengthen our faith and learn to rely on God the Father to help us. In light of Covid-19 as we watch helplessly our children and babies are suffering and dying from this dreadful disease, Covid-19. Yes brothers and sisters The Sabbath is Upon Us! Our prayers never go unheard and on the Sabbath day God grants special blessings to those who seek Him and ask. I speak from experience when I say I know that God does deliver special blessings on the Sabbath, for He has blessed me and rescued me many times throughout my life, Amen.

Family, may we all pray and meditate and give thanks to God and ask Him to protect our children and our babies.

John 14:13

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Biblical scholars recognize that Saturday was and is the day of the Sabbath.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Jesus Heals the Afflicted

“They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.”

Mark 2:7

The Son heals us.

One day a leper approached Jesus, ringing a little bell and shouting “Unclean!” Unclean!” People ran away from this man in fear. The man walked slowly to Jesus and got down on his knees before our Lord and said, “Lord, if you are willing please cure me!”

Jesus looked at this man and filled with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him on the hand, then said, “Be clean!”

Immediately, the leprosy left the man and his skin became soft and smooth; he was completely cured.

“We have seen remarkable things today.” –Mark 2:12

A few days later, Jesus was preaching in a small house full of people. Some people who traveled long to hear Jesus preach could not get into the little house. As the day progressed more and more people arrived to hear Jesus including a man who was completely paralyzed. This paralyzed man was carried by his friends, but their hearts sank when they saw the large crowd of people in front of them. They remained steadfast regardless, they were resolute in their quest to get their friend to Jesus. Carefully, they carried their friend up the outside steps and onto the flat roof of the house. They cut a large hole in the roof and gently lowered their paralyzed friend down into the house and landed him in front of Jesus!

Jesus saw the faith they had and he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat, and go home.”

Everyone watched in astonishment as the man stood up, gathered his mat and walked off glad.

“We have seen remarkable things today!” –Mark 2:12

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What I loved about the second story is how these Christian brothers did not falter in their quest to help their paralyzed friend. They overcame all obstacles put in front of them. We should all be so blessed to have friends like these.

In the beautiful name of Jesus, most gracious, most merciful Jesus, I pray oh Lord, I may be able to be the kind of friend in these two beautiful stories of your love and mercy. I want to be the friend that would carry a friend and deliver them to You that they may be healed also.

Ashe’

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

James Baldwin & Maya Angelou Cherished Friends

“Each friend represents in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” –Anais Nin

Maya Angelou author of -I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

The great novelist Louis Stevenson said, “A friend is a gift you give yourself.” I believe this with every fiber of my being. Our friends are the family we selected, not the family we are given. Often times the friends we’ve selected are the best family we could have ever wished for. James Baldwin & Maya Angelou were very close friends, even most cherished friends. Kahlil Gibran goes on to say,

“Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.” Sometimes, we see things in our friends that they don’t see in themselves and when this occurs we have a duty, a responsibility to tell them what we see. We may see some amazing talent that they have, that they never realized they had. We may see trouble, a new pattern of self-destruction because of drugs or excessive alcohol consumption. A true friend takes on the responsibility of sounding the alarm and yelling loudly–“FIRE!”

A story that best illustrates cherished friends is what happened with James Baldwin and Maya Angelou. James Baldwin released his novel ANOTHER COUNTRY and his publisher threw a big party in his honor. James Baldwin called Maya Angelou and asked her to come to the party as his guest. Maya gladly accepted the invitation and she came full of poise and charm; James Baldwin’s publisher was fascinated by Maya Angelou and he asked her many questions about her life. She told him her story. He told her, there was a book there, a book to be published by him! Yes friends, FRIENDS are the gifts we give ourselves. That invite by her cherished friend–Jimmy Baldwin changed Maya Angelou’s life and put her into the history books.

The very last time I saw Maya Angelou was at James Baldwin’s funeral, where she gave the eulogy for her cherished friend–Jimmy Baldwin.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Edward Russell Jr. CEO B.R.U.H. (Interview)

“My best investment is my marriage to my wife, who I call My Most Beautiful.”

–Edward Russell Jr.

Edward Russell Jr. CEO of California non profit B.R.U.H.

Good morning, Edward Russell Jr., so we finally made this happen. This interview is a long time coming. I have been following you on Twitter for the past two years (@FitRealEsateA1) and you really are one of the most inspiring voices on Twitter. Thank you–Sir for granting me this interview this morning.

So, let’s get to it!

Q.) What is your long term ambition?

A.) My long term ambition is to create a generation of intelligent, confident, and vocal young people who have a sustainable and resourceful toolbox that will help them champion tangible change. A change that will help drive an ambitious cultural change.

Q.) Where do you see yourself in five years?

A.) In five years I want to be healthy and still present in the curation of the next moment. Whatever the journey is, has already been formatted, all I have to do is execute it. Tomorrow is not promised, so today I plant seeds, for in time the youth will harvest.

Q.) I assume, you live in the Sunshine State, were you born in Florida?

A.) I actually live in California, the Golden State. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1971. My parents, my sister and I moved to California in 1972.

Q.) Where is Solano County located?

A.) Solano County is located in Northern California about 45 miles northwest of San Francisco.

Q.) Who were your favorite heroes in high school?

A.) My heroes in high school were my mother and father and Jackie Robinson. My mother worked as a machinist and cleaned the homes of white people in the hills to buy us a home. My father, who lived in Rhode Island, owned his own truck and was a cross country truck driver. When I found out about Jackie Robinson, I remember thinking, “How could someone excel at such a high level with class and dignity, while enduring such a great deal of hate?”

The tenacity of all three of them had to endure against all odds has always been something I aspire to have.

Q.) What’s your favorite book?

A.) My favorite book is “Make Me Wanna Holler” by Nathan McCall. It was the first book I ever read cover to cover and I was 22-years old. I didn’t remember how I came across it, but something in it resonated in me so much that I read it in three days. I was not a reader!

Q.) Do you have a favorite quote?

A.) My favorite quote:

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”–Frederick Douglass

Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) My best investment is my marriage to my wife, who I call My Most Beautiful. She has the same tenacity my mother had. Its her stubborn love to stand with me and endure hardships,that forced me to recognize and deal with my baggage full of demons. I am a better man because of My Most Beautiful.

Q.) What does B.R.U.H. stand for?

A.) B.R.U.H. is an acronym for Brothas Raising Up His. I started this non profit in 2020 to provide mentors for young black and Latino females and males. Now, in a little over a year, it has blossomed into everything I never imagined. We offer free English and Math tutoring, emotional and nutrition support, and we are currently creating a equestrian therapy camp for young black females.

Q.) What is your all time favorite movie?

A.) My favorite movie is “A Piece of the Action” with Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in Solano County, with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) My billboard would say,

“Education through communication.” –Edward Russell Jr.

Thank You Mr. Russell and all best wishes to B.R.U.H.

Hey Family, you can follow Edward Russell Jr. on Twitter @FitRealEstateA1

Charles Micheaux

Augusta, Georgia

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