For many women a trip to the beauty salon is a regularly scheduled event, one which they deem a high priority, not to be neglected. Countless men find rest and comfort as they sit back in their barber’s chair. Hair salons and barbers shops are the watering holes of this modern age. These are the places people go to look good, hear the latest gossip and laugh with familiar friends. There’s a real sense of community and togetherness as conversations ring high over the noise of blow dryers and buzzers.
I’ve spent a lot of time in salons through the years. As I’ve waited for my turn, I’ve heard people talk about celebrity marriages, family issues, frustrations with government and whatever else captured their attention. I heard a variety of topics discussed, but one thing that was never brought up was the issue of abortion. That was something they simply didn’t talk about.
Thankfully, that is now about to change in shops across our nation. This weekend the “Sampson Project” led by Catherine Davis was launched in Atlanta. Named for the long haired Nazirite, this project focused on bringing the truth about abortions impact on the black community to the tens of thousands of people who attended the Bronner Brothers Int. Hair show. They set up a booth with a banner called “Life Talks.” Streams of people walked through the event getting samples of creams and looking at accessories and extensions. When they got to our booth they were in for a surprise. We were giving out folders with info on the high abortion rates for black women, a copy of MAAFA 21 – the documentary on black genocide and a window decal for their shops. If those passing agreed to watch the movie and talk about abortion in their shops, they would receive the folder and the decal to put in their window declaring to their customers they were willing to talk about this issue.
Black pro-life leaders Alveda King, Dean Nelson, and Arnold Culbreath from Protecting Black Life, joined in over the three day event to talk with people and pass out info. The booth was truly a success. I was taken aback by how many people wanted to hear about abortions impact on the black community. Many gasped when the saw the statistics and shuddered to hear the news that as a race we are decreasing at an increasing rate. One man admitted in pain, that his friend had eleven abortions. Two older black women came to the booth in tears. Both had pressured their children to abort, and both daughters refused. When they saw the booth, they were instantly convicted and had to confess what they’d done.
I realized many in the black community are sadly unaware that abortion is the #1 killer in Black America. Others are confessing Christians, yet lack a revelation on the evil of abortion. One older woman told me she just quit her job as a security officer at an abortion clinic, the week before the hair show. When I asked her why, she told me it was too hard to watch the girls going in get younger and younger. She said some were as young as eleven, and she couldn’t take it anymore, so she left. She was eager to get the Maafa DVD and share it with her friends and church family. All together we had over 1,000 people commit to watching the dvd, and talking about abortion’s tragic impact on our community. Do your part and share the truth about abortion with your stylist or barber. I did, and she was eager to hear the information. She even asked me for a DVD. Let’s take every step we can to get this conversation beyond the four walls of the church and into every sphere of society!