Photos by Ed Kane, Freelance Graphics
In two gatherings today (November 13) in Lakewood, Bill Cosby taught as only he can, with laughter. His message: Hope and change for distressed neighborhoods and communities.
The first talk was at the Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center. The second talk was at the new Sharon McGavick Student Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus.
Part 1. If you are having trouble viewing click here.
With 1200 seats in the room, the McGavick Center was full. My only observation, sadly, is that more than a handful of people chose to leave after Mr. Cosby finished his presentation. For those who did, they missed some amazing stories and wonderful examples of outreach.
Part 2. If you are having trouble viewing click here.
Rather than recap the evening, I’ll offer a few quotes from Mr. Cosby and include a hastily shot video of the evening event (10-15 minutes of recording was all that was allowed). I’ll ask those in the know at CPTC to let the community know when they will air more of Cosby’s “Call Out” to Lakewood. I recommend everyone watch it.
Quotes from those at the podium:
“Young people! Bad behavior is not acceptable.” Mayor Claudia Thomas.
“The only way your children can go bad is if you let them.” Bill Cosby
“Drugs and the entertainment industry are the enemy of our true culture.” Bill Cosby
“Show your mom your MySpace page so she can defend you when you screw up.” Bill Cosby
“Embrace the prostitutes, because they are scared. Let the Johns go play with their Johnsons since they love them so much.” Bill Cosby
Brenda Lopez was one of five people who shared stories of troubled lives. For Brenda, she was sexual assaulted by her grandfather at five years old, after he got her drunk. Over time, he got her hooked on alcohol. This began a long downward spiral. Today, she works is the manager of a local church (having started as a part time janitor), works in the Pierce County justice system, has been sober nine years, and has regained custody of her children. Brenda is just one reason I hope CPTC offers and unedited version of “Cosby’s Call Out of Lakewood”.