The Potter’s House Hosts Memorial & Conversation On Race

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DALLAS — Sunday, the congregation at the Potter’s House came together after a long, painful week, to look for healing.

“There is a strong resolve down that we have down inside of our human spirit that we shall survive and we will stand together and we will be overcomers, amen?” said Bishop TD Jakes.

A moving memorial service was held for the five slain officers and then Bishop TD Jakes went about the difficult task of engaging in the frank conversations about race and society that we have to have if we are going to move forward.

The church hosted a panel discussion that included Senator Royce West, two Dallas police officers, Mark Hughes, the man mistakenly labeled a suspect in Thursday's shootings, as well as telephone conversations with the mother of Alton Sterling’s oldest son and Philando Castile’s girlfriend, who live-streamed his shooting.

“To get it on camera in the immediate aftermath was not for anything other than to be heard, for justice,” said Diamond Reynolds. “Because at the end of the day people working down here to serve and protect us, we call upon them when we are in need. So if the officers are the ones that are hurting us, who do we call?”

“You can’t sleep at night. I’ve gotten about three hours of sleep since Thursday,” remarked Dallas PD Corporal Justin Brandt. “I had to go to work Thursday night into Friday and it’s the first time I saw my wife cry when I left to go to work. My kids are like ‘dad are you really going to work?’ I have to. This is my profession. I took an oath to serve and protect y’all.”

We don’t have the answers yet on how to solve the problems we’re all facing down, but it’s conversations like the ones at the Potter’s House, that will lead us to them.