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Robert Artigo

Walter was hardpressed to find any place that made him feel closer to his people than church. “It was a place where you could go and be with your own, and Christ was celebrated.”  

It was a place of refuge. Racism wasn’t the only factor that deepened Walter’s appreciation for his church. At the peak of his rebellion, when school and discipline appeared to be the enemy, when he fantasized about the rewards of being Bad Walter, there was one problem: he wasn’t any happier. He wasn’t any more popular than before and still had very few friends. The sense of identity and belonging that he had sought on the streets had eluded him. He felt anxious, confused, and sad. He was beginning to see that apart from his family, the only other place that offered him real support was Hartford Avenue Baptist Church.

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