Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Gangster Turned Community Activist

Valentino ‘Scrooge’ Brown

By Hadassah Deleveaux (née Hall)

I found myself sitting in an unfinished portion of a modest house through Lewis Street. My interviewee:  a former gang leader.

Just the two of us.

He was schooled by the streets and well known to police. He was once leader of the Border Boys, a gang I heard about years ago, having grown up over the hill.

From I made contact with Valentino via telephone, I could detect sincerity in whom he has become. When we finally met in person, our conversation revealed that he undoubtedly has a checkered past. Yet through those eyes, I sensed a changed man. Admittedly, that didn’t stop me from having a bit of trepidation and while sitting there, silently praying, “Lord keep me in the name of Jesus.”  Read more >>