April 17, 2016
Here are new YouTube links to “Odyssey to Save Ulysses,” a series of short video clips that highlight the forgiveness and reconciliation efforts of Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter and his late father Ulysses G. Slaughter, Jr.
The date is June 25, 1978. The location is a small apartment near 83rd and Cottage Grove on Chicago’s South Side. Twelve-year-old Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter lies on his bed paralyzed with fear as his father Ulysses Sr. prepares to pull the gun’s trigger. “I’ll kill you if you try to leave,” Ulysses Sr. tells Butch’s mother Clarice. “Kill me!” the woman shouts. “Kill me!” And so Ulysses Sr. does. He kills his son’s mother. Within moments, the door to Butch’s bedroom opened and the boy sees his mother bleeding from two gunshot wounds to her right temple. His father is holding the gun.
“I had to do it,” Ulysses Sr. tells his son. “She was going to leave us. I had to do it.”
At age thirteen, Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter would become the chief witness in the trial against his father who pleaded self-defense and served less than four years in prison. Over the next 30 years, the father and son would rarely talk. The father became a social outcast, cut off by his son. The son became a father himself but remained bitter and frequently considered exacting a revenge for which God seemed reluctant.
One day, the son grew tired under the weight of self-hatred and hatred for his father. One day the son decided to seek salvation – for himself and for his father. One day the son decided to take the Odyssey To Save Ulysses.
Odyssey To Save Ulysses is a series of short documentaries that chronicle the reunion and reconciliation of Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter and his father Ulysses Grant Slaughter, Sr. The first film of the series “Act One: I never had a father” is a deeply moving story that follows Ulysses Jr., 45, as he embarks on a 12-hour trip from Philadelphia to Chicago to meet his estranged father. The 75-year-old father waits anxiously for his son in Chicago and reflects on the tragedy that tore his family apart.
Ultimately the two men come face to face on June 25, 2011, exactly 33 years to the date of Clarice’s death. More than a symbolic ritual, the son takes his father to Clarice’s grave site for the very first time.
My Father’s First and Only Visit
To Kick My Father’s Ass
Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter is author of the forthcoming book “Forgive: the new mantra for Black Men.” Mr. Slaughter has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Network, The Dr. Phil Show and The CNN Headline News Network with Suzanne Roberts. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Slaughter developed an early and passionate interest in the concepts of forgiving and reconciliation. Devastated at age 12 by the murder of his mother at the hands of his father, Mr. Slaughter traveled a long and difficult philosophical and psychological road toward resolution. Chief witness against his father, Slaughter was obsessed with revenge against his father. After three decades of estrangement, Mr. Slaughter and his father, Ulysses, Sr., reunited and co-founded The Odyssey Project a dynamic human development campaign committed to “family reconciliation through father restoration.” Slaughter is an entrepreneur, author and filmmaker behind the powerful documentary collection “Odyssey To Save Ulysses.” Mr. Slaughter is Chief Navigator of Slaughter and Slaughter, a multi-faceted development consultant company that specializes in holistic reconciliation. His expertise in difficult family reconciliations was the subject of an Oprah Winfrey Network pilot called “Reconciled.” Mr. Slaughter has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show, The Judith Reagan Show and The Trinity Broadcast Network. Mr. Slaughter is author of the book “Dear Daddy, I hate you: letters to my mother’s killer” and Founder of The Faces of Our Fathers Film Festival.
To learn more visit his official website: http://www.ulyssesbutchslaughter.com/.