Brenda Freeman, Black, 37 years old, purple heart veteran widow and mother to a 13-year-old boy is a practicing Christian and active member of her Baptist Church. Brenda is still attractive, yet 40 is compelling a more matured appearance from her. Brenda was raised by her mother and father who are still together. Her grandfather helped to found New Birth Baptist Church where she now attends. She has one older sister, Vivian, who is a nurse with one child a girl, Brianna. Brenda also has one younger brother, Vernon, who is married to his high-school sweetheart Bernice and they live in Arizona with their three children. Brenda naturally and instinctively adhered to integrity and morality and Christian living even as a child. She was always recognized and rewarded for her good character even though this is not something she sought. She never judged others regarding their behavior or choices, she just focused on herself doing what is right regardless to how others perceived it, even when her choices seemed unpopular.
Brenda is the Praise dance director at her church. She trains, choreographs the numbers for performances at their church and sometimes their dance team travels. At the time of this story, she is preparing the teenage Praise dancers for an upcoming performance. The girls greatly admire Brenda, because she is pretty and she is so talented regarding dance. In addition, she has so much integrity and has a kind and gentle non-judgmental Christian spirit.
Brenda also works for the USPS. She started out as a postal carrier eighteen years ago, then bid on a clerk job in the US postal plant 15 years ago. She was a window clerk for a few years and then she was promoted to work in the cage with the secure mail items.
She was hired by Marcella and had enjoyed a great professional relationship with her ever since. When Brenda got married to William Freeman, Marcella attended the wedding. When Brenda was pregnant with Derrick, Marcella organized the baby shower for her. When William Freeman was killed in Afghanistan, Marcella attended the funeral and flew the flag at the postal plant at half-mast in honor of him. When Regina was caught falsifying Brenda’s time sheets, Marcella put Regina off the clock recommended dismissal. The union interceded and got Regina back to work.
Brenda has never entertained thoughts about people regarding whether or not they were racist or not, however, she is not blind to the assertions, accusations by Black people and she trusts that the claims are valid. She also identifies herself with the Black race, but she recognizes the positive, productive, moral images and expressions of her race and does not acknowledge as legitimate the lower and debase manifestations. She is also sympathetic to struggles of her Black people, but does not grant any passes that they should be perpetual victims. She trusts that God is able to raise His people. She also believes that God has ordained certain Black people as leaders, so she esteems these leaders with her blind trust and reverence. This blind trust included the swaying of her political leanings, which were nurtured liberal. She did notice that there were many things embraced by this liberal ideology that didn’t mesh with her Christian beliefs but again, she was under the blind trust of the “Black Leaders”. She embraces being an American, and believes that enmeshing in the mainstream language, high character, productivity is paramount to success of all people. Until now, with this story, Brenda’s Christian values had not been hit head on with a conflict of her political and racial affiliations.
She met her husband in high school. He was in the ROTC. He was also a member of her church. They were truly equally yoked, same values, same ideals. They married after she started working for the USPS. He had already enlisted in the army and was called to go to Afghanistan months after they got married.
Brenda is very frugal, yet has a mild sense of style when she wants to. She buys off the rack clothes from department stores on sale and she has furnished her home with the designer furniture and art collections from discount furniture stores. Her appearance is conservative for the most part. At work she gets a bit more casual because of the manual and often dirty nature of it.
Brenda loves, loves, loves her son Derrick. He is a glowing reminder of the man she so dearly loved and lost. Her mission is to raise him as her husband and she had planned, long before his birth.
Brenda has an exemplary work ethic, so when she is falsely accused of stealing $200,000.00 from her job it is quite disturbing and emotionally wrenching for her. When she happens to witness the killing in the park of Jabari Burton, she doesn’t want to be involved. Her highest since of Christian right, was that someone else would come forward. When no one did, Brenda finds herself conflicted between her racial loyalties and her Christian convictions.