About Lifeline

Lifeline Was founded by Bishop Harold Dawson, Sr. in 2002, the purpose was to address the issues surrounding the black family. It is a spiritual perspective to discover the origin of the negative statistics concerning the familial conditions that consistently beset blacks. In hopes the origin will reveal the solution as well. Having served on the board of Illinois One Church One Child, based in Chicago for almost 25 years with 3 terms as vice president, 3 terms as president gave a unique perspective. One Church One Child grew quickly into 31 states amid much media attention, greatly assisting the organization’s effectiveness. As a charter member with emeritus status, Bishop Dawson was able to enjoy that meteoric rise of the organization and introduced several programs the organization continued to use.

It was the first hand experience which prick the heart of the central Illinois Pastor, who had been raised during the 1960’s Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama. Baptized by the courageous Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who started the movement in Birmingham and was responsible for bringing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Birmingham helped supply the impetus for action. Lifeline became the vehicle through which to do what was preached about in the church. The broad perspective of Lifeline is, it had the potential of engaging the whole community, which throws the entire vision of it within biblical intent and purpose.

Given the relationship of the church to the black community, lifeline was ideal. It would target a recruitment of the men or fathers as a means of restoring the family, with special attention given to the adoption or resuming the responsibility of orphan children. Thematically, lifeline’s intent is Prevention, Restoration and reunification as such should touch all the areas affecting blacks negatively and engaging those with a desire to make a difference. Ideally Lifeline could be set up as an auxiliary in a church, reporting to the pastor or his designee who works with Lifeline on its national and international basis. Lifeline works well with those who have no church affiliation, just a desire to serve. Lifeline envisions itself as part of the continuation of the Civil Rights Movement, the entity that should have picked up the torch in becoming “We as a people” Dr. King and Rev. Shuttlesworth envisioned. “We the people” speaks to the whole of the United States citizenry, however, within this unit, its black population have yet to become “We As A People.” The social and political health of black America does not yet constitute what is defined as, “We As A People,” which speaks to holistic completeness. Forty years ago, during the Civil Rights Movement the black family was not confronted with and apprehended by the seizure of moral depravity or defined as hopeless, incorrigible.

Rather amidst the turmoil continuously brewing in the 60’s, black people were ablaze with hope, feeling the closeness of becoming part of, “ We The People.” We as a people was assumed to be intact, which could only come from the foundation of well-knit families. Therefore we could challenge the prejudice of exclusion, because there was, as we assumed, standards of familial solidarity. However, under the banner of a “Phantom Liberty,” parchment written in the blood of its warriors of the Civil Rights Movement, we failed to read the fine print where nothing was guaranteed, nor notice our families disintegrating. Forty years later, we are not only trying to find some semblance of our families, we are caught in the throes of a redefinition of it, so proudly herald under, “We The People.”

Lifeline attempts to recapture not just the semblance of what our people once knew as family, but to restructure what was God’s “Original Intent.” Not just the outline of what social services characterize as intact family, but what was distinguished by God as the family and its original assignment. Lifeline has an original plan, dissimilar in social planning which never reflected the welfare of black families, distinct in nature and black in focus. Lifeline has biblical guidelines and must therefore be independent, as such can make the “black male” a main focal point, the sine qua non, or a prerequisite in building firm, sturdy, godly families. Lifeline breaks away from the strangling holds that have not been black family friendly and the nefarious associates with whom they have partnered which targets our families for virtual elimination. Lifeline is a giant step in a different direction, but with a biblical guarantee of God’s assistance. Because it can’t be the will of God that black people suffer to the degree they have, especially the single women and children. Lifeline dares to go after black men, to defy the social media’s depiction of them and to ask them to assist in finding his brother. In this we pick up the torch of the Civil Rights Movement and like the eagle turn our chest towards and embraced the wind.