Sunday, March 1, 2009

Redemption for Jasper?

More than a decade ago, Micheal's hometown - Jasper, Texas - got national attention for the heinous dragging death James Byrd Jr. Michael's performances on American Idol could have a hand in the town's redemption, he recently told the congregation of his church, which members say is the only multiracial church in the area.

"This is Jasper, Texas, and for 10 years there has been a cloud over our city" Sarver said. "This is more than about Michael Sarver. It's about Jasper, Texas, and a city that has more to give the world than hate."

We received this message from the family of James Byrd, Jr. today:

"Hello Michael, my name is Tenika Boatner Brooks and I am the niece of James Byrd, Jr. I am sending you this message to congratulate you on behalf of the Byrd family in Jasper, Texas, for your outstanding performances on American Idol. You will continue to be in our prayers and may your light forever shine through the dark clouds that have hung around our city since the tragic death of my uncle. Remember that you can do all things thru Christ that strengthens you. Be forever blessed, Tenika Boatner Brooks, Jasper, Texas March 2009"


  1. Wow! That gave me chills. I have no doubt that Michael is an upstanding guy who will bring positive light to the city of Jasper. Rock on Michael and best of luck. God be with you and the Byrd family and all of Jasper!!!

  2. thank you Tanika for reaching out in love. Bless you.

  3. Michael is not able to blog but I know he appreciates what you had to say Tenika. And I know that he is proud to represent you, your uncles memory, and all of Jasper. You are a blessing. Its a new day for Jasper Texas.

  4. Thanks so much for the positive responses. Now let's show em' what Jasper is really made of!!! GO MICHAEL SARVER!

  5. Tenika is a blazing example of the true heart of our little town. Thank you for living a life of compassion, forgiveness and hope. Our community is a better place to live because of people like you and Michael!