Rayful Edmond III, the former drug dealer is incarcerated for the rest of his life. Illegitimately, Rayful Edmond built a multi-million dollar empire in Washington, D. C. He started selling drugs at 19 years old and ended up earning over $70 million per month in drug sales and sold between 1,000 and 2,000 kilos in over a week. He would pay his runners between $1000 and $5,000 per week. One of his runners, a 17 year old made so much money he had 7 cars and pulled in over $20,000, monthly. After so long of being a dealer, he got tired and desired to quit and go to college, but the money was an addiction. He began selling drugs so his mother, Constance “Bootsie” Perry could retire. Although, it was said his mother, Constance “Bootsie” Perry, worked for the Department of Health and Human Services and his father, Rayful Edmond, Jr. also worked for the government, it was said they both were the first to teach Rayful Edmond about selling narcotics. Constance sold prescribed drugs on the street to big time drug dealers who cut it with heroine, but obviously was not making enough money. He learned how to sell drugs at about 9 or 10 years old (as the story was told on BET American Gangster). Rayful Edmond saw his mother financially struggle and desired to become a successful drug dealer to give her all the nice things she could have never afford to buy. He monopolized his drug trade like Bill Gates of Microsoft. Rayful Edmond was much respected on the streets from the time he graduated from high school. Rayful would sometimes receive deliveries of a thousands bricks of cocaine at a time, but annually sold a ton of it. He sold so much drugs to the people of D. C. decent hardworking people turned into crack attics. He controlled around 40 percent of the cocaine traffic in D. C. It was estimated that his organization grossed more than $30 million in over four years. It is a possibility, he sold crack to the former mayor of Washington, D. C., Mayor Marion Barry who was busted while smoking crack at a hotel. Marion repeatedly denied to the press he had ever used drugs. It has been said he was responsible for about 30 murders, but some people say he did not call the shots. It was said Rayful Edmond was very disappointed of the murders and even admitted it to the person who was responsible for calling the shots. Rayful Edmond III does have another chance at life. However, it takes a team of strong attorneys (a dream team) to fight his case and prove he will not only be protected from enemies, but make a commitment to serve the African American community that still is hooked on crack cocaine. All the money he made, he could make a commitment to legitimately earn so much money, he could invest in the black youth and teach African American men and women how to make a decent income. As you know, the (black) attorney, Arthur Reynolds who was going to formally present his case was denied by the judge to do so, because the government judged him as a co-conspirator and was forced to withdraw from the case . At that particular time, there were particular people in the justice system who did not want Rayful Edmond to be found not guilty, so they wanted to make sure no one of power, no attorney who had a track record of winning prior cases would represent Rayful Edmond. However, a team of attorney who are in agreement of Rayful Edmond chance at freedom could join together to represent his case and not only the black people within the area of Washington D. C. would pay attention to Rayful Edmond’s plan to reform the community, but African American all across America. You may say why give Rayful Edmond another chance to be free? This article is not so much focused on his freedom, but to get out to free others. Do you realize the negative impact of Rayful Edmond could turn out to be a positive impact on the entire African American community. It could very well happen. Any man or woman who once had power to control a mass of people could do so in a way to make thing better. Crack cocaine was a symbol to control black people and anyone who had so much control to make a profit off of it could hold national campaigns to turn oppose drug use. A lot of times, the key is to use those who started an epidemic to end it. Rayful Edmond has a voice to help end the illegal venture of narcotics. Rayful Edmond has the voice to end the violence among African Americans. Rayful Edmonds voice is important to the black community and there is no reason for him to fear anyone while getting prepared to cease those prison walls. Because Rayful Edmond was such a powerful man who took control of the streets, he has a work to do and that is to show black people there is a better way to live and it is not selling or being hooked on drugs. Rayful Edmond has a voice that could really stir up the black community for the better. Because of his optimistic dream of once desiring to be great in his high school days, he can still be great and those who see him will realize it is never too late to change your life. Someone, so great as Rayful Edmond was born for a purpose and it was not necessarily to be the man he used to be, a powerful drug dealer, but Rayful Edmond was born to show those in the black community who desire to change can do so and miracles do happen. If black ministers really want to help our society and desire to build up the black community, a good idea would be to come together to make sure Rayful Edmond III gets another chance at freedom. Rayful Edmond could really have a ministry to spread the Word of redemption and his message can reach into the hearts of drug dealers and attics. Black ministers whoever they maybe have the power along with attorneys to come together and make sure Rayful Edmond leaves the prison system, so he can help form the black community for a positive change. You see, it cannot be just men like President Barack Obama who can spread the message of change, it has got to be men like Rayful Edmond who have made mistakes and have a testimony for the same sort of people to stop dealing and using drugs. Often times, in order to help reform a community of people, they need someone who has a testimony in order to adhere their message. President Barack Obama is a good example as a black man, but not necessarily a black man who has lived a lifestyle of a drug dealer or user. Rayful Edmond needs to be the president of his own organization to help spread the message of change, because he could have very well changed by now and can tell others about it. Now in the nation’s capitol, Washington D. C., we have a black man who became the President of the United States who resides in the White House, a very positive example for black people to change. However, President Barack Obama is not a black man who experienced a life as a drug dealer, user or any similar lifestyle. President Barack Obama legitimately became successful while sharing his journey as the son of a white woman and African father. President Barack Obama no doubt did struggle to complete his courses at Harvard Law School, but his story will not reach the hardened hearts of African Americans who were not so fortunate to achieve a dream of success. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of African Americans who are pessimistic, because of their own past experiences of racial discrimination and black genocide. Therefore, the life of Rayful Edmond has the advantage to be a testimony to many African Americans. He witnessed the hardships of being raised by 2 black parents who struggled to survive, although they had legitimate jobs. The life of Rayful Edmond needs to continue out of prison and his message of change will definitely have a positive impact on black America, like never before. Black people will learn that selling drugs is not the only way to become wealthy and they can choose a legitimate business and make some sort of money, if they will remain focused on their positive vision.