The first time that I heard Ken speak, I felt as those who heard Malcom, King or Frederick Douglas speak, the need was never so clear, the urgency was never so close, and the love for our people was never so great. This man was about the sacrifice for me, for us, and our future.
Time after time, meeting after meeting, my appreciation for Ken has only grown. I have told my family that this man, these men, are men of history. That what they do today will impact our people for generations. I count it an honor to give them my strength.
The last time that I saw him, we were talking about the importance of the work for our people. The last thing he was doing was handling the business of Black economic empowerment. The last struggle that he has had is over.
The greatness of the humility of Ken Bridges was only overshadowed by the greatness of the challenge. And that challenge is now ours. Our bother has joined the ancestors. And as a Christian, I believe he is receiving his rewards right now. Look up, because we have a great cloud of witnesses, cheering us on, Ken is now in that crowd, saying, “fight for freedom, uplift the broken, open the minds of the deceived, empower the weak. Be strong MATAH be strong!”
The first time that I meet Ken Bridges, was during a meeting in which he and Greg drove down to meet us in Cincinnati. To discuss the vision of MATAH’s internet initiative and to check us out. To make sure, that the technology arm of MATAH would be in good hands. What I saw was a brother of vision, insight and deep love of our people.