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"