Some Things Never Change is the compelling biography of Richard Law, a Minister and stroke survivor from Savannah, Georgia. An unforgettable personal story of his life from early childhood to adulthood, the book details Richard’s suffering from growing up in a racist society that extended beyond the Jim Crow era. As his life got harder and harder, Richard found himself traveling back and forth between Chatham and Toombs County where he received a DUI that ultimately placed him in the county jail. After being released from jail, Minister Law became the first African American to be hired for work in the county’s mechanic shop in Toombs County, Georgia. Richard details the cold clutches of racism from his days of working as an employee of Toombs County and International Paper in Savannah, GA. The agony and pain he endured after a machine at Union Camp caused the amputation of his index finger is a constant reminder of the small amount paid for his loss. His greatest battle transpired in 1994 when his doctor concluded that Richard had suffered a stroke activated by abuse, discrimination, and racism while he was employed by Toombs County (an affliction with which Richard does not agree). This sickness did not alter his physical appearance but changed his speech. For more than a year, Richard was not able to speak. The word of God, physical therapy, patience, and perseverance contributed to his ability to speak once more. Minister Law contends that he was driven to write a book about his experiences because the attitude of America has yet to change. Although there were a few good folks in Toombs County, he encountered some outright cowards who demonstrated that racism was common and acceptable. They were hidden by those immediately confessed, “I’m not racist.” In his book, Richard candidly reveals how he had the courage to challenge a government entity when so many of his friends and associates turned their backs on him. Although this effort ended with his illness, he will always remember what should have been. Minister Law’s memoir describes life in the fast lane, including rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol. He writes of several failed marriages and affairs. He further explains his journey of spiritual repentance and healing. After two unsuccessful marriages and several failed affairs, Richard was reacquainted with a woman from his past. In 1999, he married her. Finally, in an effort to attain some of the knowledge lost during his illness, he enrolled in an Adult Education class. Still longing to improve his speech and control his fear, he took a class on Public Speaking and Fearless Presentations at the Armstrong Center in 2006 and later enrolled as a student at Savannah Technical College. This book is written for teens and adults. Its readership includes victims of substance and sexual abuse, stroke survivors, Christians, residents of Toombs County and Savannah Georgia, and advocates for justice and fair treatment.
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Richard Law, Sr. was born on October 13, 1951 in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia where he still lives today. He was the youngest of four children born to John and Dorothy Law. Richard was educated in the public schools of Savannah and graduated from Alfred E. Beach High School in 1971. He attended Savannah Technical College and Armstrong State College where he took a course on Public Speaking and Fearless Presentations. For many years, Richard was employed by International Paper – formerly Union Camp – and Toombs County until he was disabled in 1994. He is married to Johnnie Mae Prince, a retired Postal supervisor. Between them, they have five children and seven grandchildren. As a child, Richard grew up in the Ogeecheeton-Dawes community (often described as the best kept secret in Savannah), where most of the residents were his immediate family. One of the streets in the community was renamed to honor Richard’s maternal grandmother, Julia Eloise Law. Faced with personal struggles of drugs, alcohol, and women, Richard’s life was transformed when he became a born again Christian. In 2000, Richard joined the St. Paul CME Church and in 2003 he became a licensed minister. According to Richard, God had previously ordained his ministry because he was already fulfilling his calling. Richard would often find himself ministering to a group of men under a tree or young boys on a basketball court. Richard’s love for people speaks to why visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and the jail would become a routine part of his daily activities. Presently, Richard is president of the Ogeecheeton-Dawes Neighborhood Association. He is a past member of the Chatham County and Savannah Historic Board of Review. He is past Vice President of the Hungry Club and past member of the EOA Policy Council. He is an active member of the St. Paul CME Church and the Senior Citizen Ministry.
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