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Youth advocate robbed, beaten




Last weekend started out pretty good for Khalid Hudson, community mentor for young, disadvantaged children. Saturday night, he was recognized by the NAACP for his work with youth.

Sunday, he celebrated his eldest son’s eighth birthday.

A devout Muslim, he went to the mosque to pray after his son’s birthday celebration. Hudson, 32, works for Wilson County Schools 10 months out of the year, and decided after his prayer, he would continue his hunt for summer work on his tablet. It was at night.

"I don’t have Internet service, so I went to a hot spot to just job hunt some more,” Hudson said. "I look online constantly for work.”But as he sat in his truck looking for work, a young man came up and asked him for a cigarette. Hudson said he told the guy he didn’t smoke.

"The young guy went away and about half an hour later somebody threw something through my driver’s seat window smashing it,” Hudson said. "So I jumped out of my truck to see if I could see who did it.”

That’s when Hudson said he was hit on the back of his head with a hard object.

Hudson was beaten on his face, head, back and legs. He had to get a CAT scan and 14 stitches. Hudson said it didn’t seem so bad until he was at the hospital and asked how much the CAT scan would cost. Hudson, who has no health insurance, said, "my eyes filled with tears.”

Days later, his face is still swollen.

Hudson said police have been helpful and very kind to him, although there are no suspects right now.

Not a native Wilsonian, Hudson moved to Wilson from Chicago, married a local woman and together they have two children. Since moving to Wilson, he has worked with youth who need guidance and help.

 

HELPING OTHERS

Hudson said he knows helping youth isn’t the job for everyone, but he feels a call to help young people.

"I feel a responsibility to provide guidance for those who are searching for guidance,” Hudson said. "Ultimately, maybe my own personal salvation may be found within being able to help and assist others. There is nobody else that needs more help than youth and those who struggle to find themselves in the world.”

Hudson has held non-violence gatherings where he invited community people to come together to find solutions to violence. Hudson has taken groups of children to different neighborhoods to clean up trash.

And now Hudson helps with after-school mentoring at a local middle school.

But Hudson said Wilson needs more opportunities for their young people to be successful here.

"There is a shortage of opportunities for people to significantly provide for their family here,” Hudson observes. "It’s short on opportunities for youth to see examples of the good possibilities of life - for them.”

 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED

Hudson said because there aren’t enough opportunities many go off to college and never come back until they retire.

"There needs to be the ability to see the regular guy get the big house here by working hard,” Hudson said. "There isn’t a lot of that in the African-American community. I know many young African-American men who love their families and love this community but because they weren’t able to provide for their families, they had to leave.”

Hudson said he is faced with leaving this community now to find better career opportunities.

"I have a responsibility for my sons - I have to provide for my children, too,” Hudson said. "I’m caught between trying to help the community and not being able to help my children the way I want to.”

Hudson, who is now divorced, said leaving the community means leaving his sons without his daily guidance.

"So, leaving means being able to provide better for my children, but I’m concerned about the people who are able to provide a positive example — not just for my sons, but for others who are here,” Hudson said.

Hudson said he hopes those who are in power will look at how to help Wilson catch up in helping their working poor. A by-product of the economic growth has to be a willingness to give back to their community, Hudson said.

"It’s not enough to live in the big house on the hill and not worry about those who don’t live up there with me. Eventually what happens is that the big house on the hill won’t be safe from those who can’t afford to live there.”

Hudson said he wishes for a Wilson with better industry for all who live here, making the standard of living higher for everybody.

 

YOUTH STRUGGLE

Hudson said as he has worked these years with youth, he is saddened by the youth who don’t dream.

"I talk to young people all of the time who don’t believe they can achieve success,” Hudson said. "Dreaming should come naturally to them, and they don’t think they can make it unless they can be in the NBA or become a rap artist.”

Hudson said parents and others in the community have to get involved and let young people know that their dreams come true when they get their education.

"They don’t make that connection,” Hudson said. "They look at someone like LeBron James, who is a student of the game, and don’t know the hard work it takes to be there. And you have to be college educated to be in the NBA.”

Hudson tells young people all of the time that their idol Jay-Z was valedictorian.

"They don’t see how Jay-Z evolved in his life to be where he is now,” Hudson said. "And they are not looking at the many rap artists who only are famous a short time.”

Hudson said programs for youth should not just be fun.

"The place where youth go after school should be safe, but fun shouldn’t be the only consideration,” Hudson said. "They need information that helps the soul survive and do better.”

 

WHAT NOW

Hudson’s mother flew in from across the country when she heard of her son’s mugging.

Deborah Gormley said she is angry with the young people who assaulted her son.

"He is a good man with a gentle soul,” Gormley said. "He asked me not to come here, but I had to come. When I saw his face, all swollen, I could not help crying. He didn’t deserve that.”

She said it seemed so brutal because after his attackers got the tablet, truck keys and the little money he had, they still beat him.

Gormley said she hopes her son considers moving to a community where his degree can be used.

Hudson said he is glad to be alive because he has a friend who was robbed and killed.

And he said wherever he goes, he’ll look to help misguided youth.

"It’s in my heart,” Hudson said. "I can’t escape that.”

 

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what said...

No insurance! Health insurance is free for Wilson County School employees.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 12:54 PM
The Truth said...

And is "Question Mark" presumably a good man?

Monday, July 01, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Question Mark said...

Is this statement true or false? If you are not a Muslim you are an infidel.........good Muslims are taught by the Koran to kill all infidels. Check this out half wits and quit slobbering over this (good man).

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM
Deborah Gormley said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers for my son. When I heard what happened I came straight away to be by his side, I couldn't imagine why anyone would do something so brutal to another person, especially someone who tries to help his community. My son is a warm kind gentle man who deserve so much better. So when I saw the comments it warmed my heart to know that he was appreciated. Thank you all so much, and God bless.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM
News flash said...

It was Plies who was valedictorian.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM
Jay-Z Education?!?! said...

My thoughts go out to him but...... Jay-Z did not even graduate high school so how was he valedictorian?! Need some facts straight because Im white and know that, so Im sure some of the youth he was telling that to knows its false......

Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM To Where? said...

Probably at Heritage Crossing by that roving gang of preppy white kids.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM said...

He is an awesome man and it is a shame this could happen to anyone. It is a shame that this kind of crime happens. Maybe the NAACP can take time to protest this kind of crime .. I hope so. but I bet they don't !

Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM A D! Shame! said...

I've known of home for a while now. Very soft spoken and polite. A selfless person who takes time out to help put youth on the right path. There needs to be more like him. The punks that did this should've been coming to him for guidance.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM It Is said...

Nice he does what he does but what did the mosque have to do with this story.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM Where? said...

Why doesn't this story say where the attack happened?

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM The Absolute Truth said...

Wilson has become one of the roughest, meanest cities in the nation. You can try to dress it up any way you want to, but what I'm saying is the truth.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM It's time to step it up said...

For someone who spends all of his time trying to give back to a struggling community, it's heartbreaking to see this young man in this state. I intend to contact the newspaper to see if there is a donation page set up. As a community, we need to give back.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM @Aliacababa said...

Are you trying to be facetious? I'm confused by your comment. What does religion have to do with this gentle soul caring about the children of the community? Not once did he say he would try to 'convert' the children he comes in contact with. Be positive...that's what wrong with this world today, sheesh!
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hudson. I pray that his attackers will be captured soon enough.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:08 PM Peanut said...

So sad to see this. I worked along side Khalid a few years ago. He truly has a big heart. But to her him say he will carry on with his passion purpose is exactly the drive we all need to make a change in our communities.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM Former Wilsonian said...

This is very sad about what has happened to this person trying to make a positive change in Wilson. And he is correct, many people(myself included) grow up there, go off to college, and realizing there is no future in Wilson move on to greener pastures. I pray those who did this crime are caught. However........this quote : "It’s not enough to live in the big house on the hill and not worry about those who don’t live up there with me. Eventually what happens is that the big house on the hill won’t be safe from those who can’t afford to live there.” is dead wrong. More excuse making for the criminal element in society.


Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM Smh... said...

I know Mr. Hudson...he used to mentor my son..he's a nice man that didn't deserve that. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM Aliacababa said...

I hope he stays around too. We need more converts to Islam, it is such a peaceful and caring religion?

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM A True Gentleman: said...

I am so sorry that this happened. Khalid is a very nice man and has always had an eye for Wilson's youth. I pray that things turn around for him and he does not have to leave his sons or this community. As for the thugs who did this to him.... I will let karma take care of that.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM don't understand said...

I don't understand why people can be so horrible to each other. How can one person beat another? It's hard enough to imagine how someone can beat an animal. A human being is another. It's must be the devil living in them. No one is safe anywhere. I hope they catch whoever did, but I doubt they will.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM this makes me mad!!! said...

I know Khalid Hudson and this just makes me mad!! As his mother said, Khalid is a good man with a gentle soul. He is a soft-spoken young man who believes in helping others. This attack on him where the perpetrators took his tablet, truck and money and still beat him up just makes me sick. What is this world coming to where you can't even sit in your own automobile without someone trying to divert your attention by attacking your vehicle to get you on the outside so they can rob you and beat you up. People take a lesson from this - as my mother always said when I would leave her and go out somewhere "BE PARTICULAR". I always wondered why she would always say that but now I know what she was talking about. We all need to be particular when we are out and about because we don't know when something like this may happen to us. Still Khalid hasn't lost his drive and energy to continue to help young people. Kudos to you Khalid!
I also think that everyone who knows and who don't know Khalid should send some money to help him pay his medical bills that he encountered because of this incident. I will be even if it is just calling the hospital to see what I need to do help pay something on his bill. I'm not able to pay all of it but I can send at least $10 to help. Thanks Khalid for all you do to help young people and may God continue to protect you.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM said...

I hope they catch the people that did this. Khalid is a very great asset to our community and did not deserve this. I hope you are healed soon, Khalid. You are loved and well thought of here in Wilson County and we appreciate all that you do for this community.

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