It bothered the Rev. Henry E. Green that, for some African-American boys, going to jail before they reached the age of 20 seemed to be an accepted rite of passage. He watched sadly, correcting wherever and whenever possible, the young boys walking the street with their pants hanging below their buttocks.
Green, then the senior pastor of Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens, had a dream. He wanted to build a school where boys could be taught, at a young age, how to grow up to be responsible men.
Before he could bring the dream to fruition, Green was appointed presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tampa District of Florida. But before he moved on, Green shared his dream with the Rev. John F. White II, who succeeded him at Mt. Hermon, 17800 NW 25th Ave.
White accepted the challenge to make it possible.
“We praise God for Rev. Green and his vision,” White said. “We've tried to pick up the mantle and carry it forward.”
He and his congregation organized the Mount Hermon Community Education Corporation in 2007 with the mission: To save the children.
Salvation would come through developing and mentoring urban youth by providing quality education and educational support programs in economically disadvantaged communities.
“The vision was to focus on early education," said the Rev. Paul Wiggins, an associate pastor at Mt. Hermon and executive director of the corporation.
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