Genelle Guzman-McMillan was the last survivor rescued from the rubble when the towers collapsed. Here’s her story in her own words:
“Today I still work for The Port Authority as I did when I clocked in at the World Trade Center at 8:05 that Tuesday morning 10 years ago. But now on September 11, I try to take the day off. I want to be in a quiet, peaceful place praying. It is a day I both mourn and celebrate.
Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had left the 64th floor of the North Tower earlier and escaped unharmed. What if I hadn’t been buried in debris, the ground falling out beneath me at the 13th floor as I was racing to get out of the building? What if I hadn’t been stuck under rubble for 27 hours before rescuers finally found me? I would have been grateful, but I wouldn’t have looked any deeper at my life. I would have chalked my survival up to quick thinking or quick moving or plain good luck. I would have gone on with my life avoiding God the way I had ever since I lost my mom to cancer in 1999.
Instead I lay there trapped in the dark after the building collapsed, rethinking my life. I ended up doing what my mom would have done. I prayed. Well, it was more like pleading, screaming, promising, asking for some sort of miracle until I pushed my hand through a few inches of rubble above my head and felt someone’s warm hand close around mine. Then I heard a male voice say the four sweetest words I have ever heard: “I’ve got you, Genelle.”
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In a previous post I wrote about, The Other Wes Moore, the story of two men with the same name and similar backgrounds yet vastly different destinies.
Recently, the Rev. Leon Kelly stopped by The Sankofa Institute for a conversation. He spoke us about A Tale of Two Michaels: Michael Hancock and Michael Asberry.
Recently The Denver Post wrote:
Michael Hancock and Michael Asberry were born in the same year and grew up in the same northeast Denver neighborhood. They knew each other. Were friends. Lived through similar hard times. Both were natural-born leaders. Hancock ran for student council, led a nonprofit, became a citycouncilman, and…became mayor of Denver.
Michael Asberry formed the city’s most violent criminal gang, Denver’s version of the Crips, in the 1980s. Known as “Cyco” on the streets, Asberry was in and out of prison through his adult life and was trying to put his life in order in 2008 when he was shot and killed in front of an Aurora apartment.”
As you watch Michael Hancock’s campaign video (below), “Never Gave up” and consider the very different outcome of Michael Asberry’s life–again, “What made the difference?” Is it the person? Is it thee environment? God?