“I am who I am because I had a strong mama and a strong daddy who were married 62 years,” Holmes said. “They raised eight kids, and none of us went to jail. We all did well because of family principles like faith and prayer.”
He added that the family structure is what enabled black Americans to withstand such injustices as Jim Crow.
“Why were we able to hang in, in spite of? Strong families,” he said.
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