I Applaud Valedictorian Roy Costner IV!

A SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN recently, while in the midst of delivering his heartfelt graduation speech, suddenly ripped up his speech and began to recite the entire Lord’s Prayer instead.  Yes, I said the Lord’s Prayer…..not no rapping or trying to be clever….just the almighty Lord’s Prayer.


I SAY BRAVO,BRAVO, BRAVO,  to student Roy Costner IV of the Liberty High School.  Costner, a Christian, went against the school district’s new decision to “no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies, due to complaints from atheist groups.”


COSTNER STARTED OFF HIS speech by saying:  “Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,” he said. “I am so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age, and I think most of you will understand when I say, ”Our father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name’….”


I APPLAUD HIS courage, as did everyone in the auditorium at that school who burst into applause.  I applaud this kid for reminding us that God rules and because that, in my opinion, is what is missing in the urban streets and neighborhoods in Chicago where the gangs and thugs are killing and maiming their own people in record numbers every weekend and during the week in Chi Town.


WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD?  AND WHY are our children not in church like we had to be on Sundays? (I am not talking about the wonderful children who faithfully praise God)


STEVE HARVEY OFTEN TALKS about how his momma and dad had him in church almost every day!  But look how he turned out, he respects God, human life, and doing good things.  Though he once lived in a car and was homeless in his quest to be a comic.  While hungry, he didn’t resort to killing and stealing….you know why?  Because God was in his head and all those days of praising him while growing up.


THE ATHEISTS of the world must be in the heads of all these thugs and criminals raising hell in Chicago….so as far as I am concerned, you non-believers have done a great job in the black community because so many of our young folks believe in shedding blood and not spreading God’s word.  Somewhere along the way, when girls and boys started having unprotected sex and having babies all over the place, taking THOSE babies from some those teenage parents  to church to keep them hearing God’s words, seem to have just fallen by  the wayside!
I AM SURE THAT COSTNER does not have to duck bullets in his South Carolina neighborhood, and I am sure the teen pregnancy rate is not out of control in his  hood…but I still appreciate his reminding us that God can keep you on the right path if  you just give him a chance and start taking these babies back to church and saying the Lord’s Prayer!

And, by the way, kids raised in church are not known for robbing and killing….I was made to go to church growing up and none of my siblings ever went to jail because God was always in the back of our heads saying, “Girl, you know you should not be stealing that bucket of chitlins from that store!”

Hey, he can keep you straight along with a concerned parent!

Yeah, I said it……Stella in the City!


About stellafoster

Stella Foster is a retired columnist writer who has contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times for 43 years. Well known for the trailblazing path she has created for other columnist writers and her fearlessness, candor, and strong principles while covering the most entertaining stories relating (but not limited) to, celebrities, community events, and black-on-black crime.

Posted on June 11, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you Stella. I can always count on you to say what most people think and don’t have the courage to say!

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