"Open your Mind and Heart to Freedom"
Reflections of Sunny
Reflections of Sunny
My grandmother has faced continual sexual abuse by stepbrothers, stepfather, an ex-boyfriend and a first cousin. Though these men have trampled, beaten, and hurt her spirit, she survived with a prevailing smile. Amongst the black community, she is known for her independent wills and community volunteerism.
My grandmother teaches us to reach our goals and move through the struggles by repenting from mistakes and deriving lessons from the error of others. I affirm to never allow history to repeat itself in me. In my college at Mankato State University, I am amazed during her speeches at how she captures the audiences minds and emotions no matter what race, gender or age.
I was also moved during her speech last fall to notice that the young men were not texting and to me that was really powerful (I always catch them texting, even during class!!). She is a very gifted speaker and I see this in the tears of several people as she instills hope into their souls.
I am in awe of and so proud of Sunny. I met her more than 10 years ago; a colleague advocating on behalf of homeless individuls and families. I appreciated and respected her then, not knowing of the challenges she'd faced on the way to her professional role in our industry.
To subsequently learn about what significant challenges this beautiful woman overcame in order to be a mentor, role model and committed adocate on behalf of the many currently without a voice or power is almost overwhelming.
I too hope that Sunny is recognized nationally, and that her story and committment continues to serve as a catalyst for others seeking help, a voice and a truth-telling advocate. Peace and Blessings Sunny! I'm so proud of you.
I am the proud son of this amazing woman. She is a devoted mother and wife.
This great woman is the mother of five children and none of us have been to prison. Growing up she gave up everything to make sure that we had everything we needed. My mother is my best friend still to this day and we have a great relationship. She is my spiritual advisor, friend, and the reason why I am able to endure more than most people can.
Her story was something that she never talked about with us until recently.
There was never a day that went by that Sunny did not have a smile on her face. Even throughout all of the turmoil she went through raising us. On top of that she was basically a single mother with five children and this great woman never faltered. I am the 2nd youngest and yes we have a close relationship but she had enough love inside of her to fill the world twice through. There was never a shortage of love in our household. Having five children is no small task by any means but she made it look almost easy. We never skipped one meal, we had clothes on our backs, and we had a roof over our heads.
After reading ”Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System,“ for the first time
I was in tears the whole way through. To think that my mother went through all of this and was still nothing but amazing the whole time growing up. I need you to know that I love you so much and I appreciate all of the sacrifices you have made for all of us. I am proud of you and through God you are a self-taught success story mom. You make me appreciate the blessings of having a wife and children of my own.
If I am half the parent you have been to all of us I am a true champion.
I cannot express the love and undying gratitude I have for you. You are the greatest and always will be in my book. You have truly been a blessing sent from heaven for me. You have showed me the proper and correct way to be a husband and a father and I thank you for that. You have not known many great men in your life, but when it is said and done I will be one. You deserve nothing less than that mom.
I thank God that I have you in my life every day. You are amazing and have helped make me, your son, a true believer.
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