The ashes had washed away and the wreckage had weathered for two years, but it was still the remains of a gutted church my parents witnessed when they visited Pineville, South Carolina in 1967. They wanted to see the sites and meet the people I’d told them so much about. This church arson was part of their tour.
After 30 years of barring black students from running for class president, a Mississippi public middle school, reversed a Jim Crow era policy today and announced students of all races […]
In March I spoke at the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in San Francisco. The story I told is now online. Check it out. That’s four stories from my […]
I wasn’t born yet! (And I don’t say that often anymore.) So, although my parents were baseball nuts, I don’t remember the names of the 1919 White Sox, called the Black Sox, because they threw the World Series. But I do remember the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner’s character hears a voice in his cornfield demanding, “If you build it, he will come.” Passionate for the first time in his life, Costner builds a baseball field and waits. His reward is the arrival of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a member of the Black Sox, back from the dead ready to play ball. Joe Jackson is joined by Eddie Cicotte, Buck Weaver, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, “Swede” Risberg and other once great players whose names no one knows. Costner’s sense of awe and his appreciation for the skill of the early players grows with the arrival of each one of them. (My awe as to how they arrived from the dead was not part of the movie.)
Book signing by the contributing authors of the Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.