David Alexander Bullock, Author
Spokesperson and Founder, Change Agent Consortium
We met in his church without paying for years. It was only after certain leaders pressured him that he even began to ask about some form of payment. In hindsight, we should have been more thankful and more responsible.
He marched with us. He sat on our board. He listened to and promoted our radio program. He pushed for the creation of the cooperative and attended our store open house as a proud and faithful customer.
When Axe, the police K9 in St. Clair Shores was killed, I watched in awe as he received a hero’s funeral, eulogy and memorial fund. They dedicated a park to Axe. They raised $15,000 in honor of Axe. I watch in disbelief, appreciation and a distracted imagination as a dog received a memorial and was crowned with a legacy fit for a king – a human king.
We all claim pieces of people. We bond to and remember who they were to the degree that they remind us of ourselves or comfort us. The Bethany Baptist Church remembers him as a nice loving pastor. His sons honor him as a dearly departed dad. However, Dr. Samuel H. Bullock Jr., was 1 of 6 people who shut down I – 75 in protest to the draconian policy of Emergency Management. He marched with thousands to Gov. Rick Snyder’s home in Ann Arbor. He stood with Jesse Jackson Sr., and Rainbow Push on many issues. As president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity he led a busload of ministers to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to object to the hanging of nooses at Central Michigan University. He fought for the inclusion of woman in the deacon and preaching ministry in the Baptist Church and would often host press conferences and meetings at his church for free. He supported the weekly fish fry of the Change Agent Consortium at our former headquarters on 12thStreet and would stop by The People’s Store and shop.
He was a solider. He left the battlefield on July 12, 2018. On December 19, 2018, we will meet. We will discuss this year and the future. We will honor some of the soldiers still with us. However, we will also pause and honor Dr. Samuel H. Bullock Jr. The Awards Dinner is only $25. It will be held on December 19, 2018, at The Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church at 6:30 pm.