Pastor Brian Willingham

 As a black man, pastor and police officer in one of America’s most dangerous cities Flint, Michigan, I found Chris Broussard’s message “Reconstructing the Black Male Image in America” a call to action for black men, the black church and the society at large to destroy the historical false negative stereotypes that have haunted black men since they arrived upon America’s shores that we are somehow inherently dangerous, lazy and preoccupied with self gratification. Broussard challenges us instead to replace those stereotypes with the biblical reality that black men are readers and intellectuals, filled with wisdom with the capacity to love themselves, their families, their communities and God the way God prescribes in the bible.