“Do you want your children to live the same life you have lived?” This was the final question we asked when we were encouraging black Americans to vote in 1965. […]
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.
At Faith Fellowship Church
Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul book release Opening Reception at Staples Center.
I was the only white student at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina in 1965.