(Note: At the bottom of the 2nd row are other pages of photos, just click on them to view the rest of the images)
ECKERDS YOUTH ALTERNATIVES CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
GIFTS DONATED BY THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS
PHOTOS FROM USF'S SYMPOSIUM ON DOZIER - NOVEMBER 18, 2014 -- 100 YEARS AFTER THE FSB FIRE ARE BELOW.At a later date we will attempt to put names with all the faces. Click on the numbers BELOW the photographs to "turn pages" within the photo gallery. There are over 65 photos in all.
In Memory & Honor of White House Boys; Given by Unitarian Church of St. Pete
April 13, 2014
All Photos are "Click to Enlarge". There are over 70 photos. After you view the first 2 rows of pictures, click on the next number below to move to the next group of photographs. There are 18 pages of photos in all! If you would like the file from any of these photos WITHOUT the writing on it, hover your mouse over the photo to get its file number, and email a request to TheOfficialWhiteHouseBoys@gmail.com. The media is welcome to use these photos after sending a request to that same email address -- stating where and for what purpose the photo will be used. See one of the readings (written by a White House Boy) from the service beneath the photo gallery.
Make Being A Survivor
Mean Something To Those Around You
Don't Let It Go To
According to the dictionary a survivor
is “a person who lives through an event in which others died”.
That definition certainly is appropriate for the White House Boys.
Some boys saw death, and watched children -- young, skinny kids –
wore down to the bone with hard work and slave-type labor. They
would slowly wane away to nothing but skin and bones – and then
some just disappeared. We've seen the pictures – little boys –
mostly looking scared to death.. They were not near old enough or big
enough to physically take the beatings administered by large, grown
Why are there so many of us? Usually
there's only a handful of survivors left to struggle through the
painful memories of living a nightmare on any given night. Not one
single night goes by that grown men don't cry as they remember the
fear that accompanied their sleep.
So why are there so many survivors of
our particular cause? Is it because we earned extra credit for
surviving such a life-altering event?
Why so many? Over 500 little boys shed
the same tears, and live the same fears for oh, so many years? Why
us? And why did You, Father God, keep each of us alive? Why me
Lord? What have I ever done? To deserve even one of the pleasures
What is there still left for each of us
to do? We're old and most grateful just to be alive! Physically, we
are exactly where you want us. Some are better off still, others
quiet. But we are indeed giving You the glory for all the success we
have had. Especially for life itself. As we assemble ourselves at
the foot of mercy, we lift Your Name high above all names.
Yet many of us are still blind and we
beseech You to remove the scales of blindness so all may see the foot
of the Cross and meet Jesus on a personal level. Lead us, oh Lord,
through the power of Your Holy Spirit as we travel this road we are
on – the Road to Justice against child abuse. Thy will be done on
Earth as it is in Heaven.
You said that those who hurt the little
children would be better off if a millstone was tied around their
neck and them be dropped into the deepest sea*. We, as survivors,
claim that promise today Lord. We forgive them, to the best of our
ability, but still believe they must pay the penalty. Have mercy on
them Father. We pray for our enemies at Dozier Boys School -- those
who mistreated us, those who beat us and those who watched and did
nothing. Living with that is punishment enough... until Judgment Day.
Look how far we have come. From a
nobody group of old and tired men to being world renown. We have
made TV, radio and major newspapers all around the world. And, as
our accounts of old are proven true through modern day technology,
the gravity of the situation is finally being recognized as accurate
and true. Nobody believed something this terrible could happen a
stone's throw away from our State Capitol. They could hear the
screams from there.
Today we are extremely grateful to
still be alive, able to hug and kiss our families, friends and WHB
brothers. To still be in the fight for justice and truth – just the
truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We will be
completely satisfied when all the truth is finally revealed. Will we
be here? Maybe, maybe not?
So, we must continue to do our part,
however little it may be, and keep the ultimate goal in the foremost
of our mind. We do it so this type of poison can be erased from
We must continue to stand up strong and
brave, and always vigilant against the intrusion of those who seek to
harm our little ones. Cradle them when they're babies. Cuddle them
when they want to wiggle.
And always remember how precious they
are. And, how dependent upon you for their everything. Be tender,
patient, long-suffering, and always quick to forgive and forget.
Children need love, guidance and protection. Always remember how the
mistreatment of little children will be judged one day.
Never forget what you survived, but let
it go and try to make the best out of what you have now. You are
alive and mostly well. Some do better then others, but accept your
lot. Spend more time being thankful, because some are worse off.
Spend your latter years trying to “Live As If It Never Happened”,
while you try to help somebody along the way.
That's the message here today. Help
somebody along the way. It doesn't have to be a big deal -- little
things mean so much. Help a WHB or a neighbor with a problem. Pay
for a mother's groceries at the supermarket. Give back without
expecting anything in return. Make being a survivor mean something to
those around you.
Don't let it go to waste. Share even if
you only have love, then share your love! Share your compassion! Open
your heart to the joy of being a survivor who cares. There are many
survivors in our organization, but we are looking for survivors who
care. Who cares enough to join us in our search for justice. The key
word “join” means: help us, get involved, do something to promote
our plight to the world.
Be a doer and not just a survivor. Be
more than a survivor. Be a survivor who cares enough to put forth
some effort helping others, especially children, along the way.
*Matthew 18:6 English Standard Version
6 but whoever causes
one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a]
it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around
his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
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