My friend, Jill Dennison, submitted this eloquent tribute today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day, and it is my privilege to share it with you. I hope it both inspires and challenges you. Larry
Today is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday in the United States to honour one of the greatest men who ever lived in this country. I first wrote this tribute to Dr. King in 2017, and each year I reprise it, with slight changes or minor additions, for I find that it still says […]
Those of you who don’t recognize the name, look him up. He was a Big Deal.
He was a magnificent actor, who brought dignity to every role he played, from the schoolteacher in “To Sir, With Love”, to a police detective in “In the Heat of the Night”, to a handyman who builds a church for a group of nuns in “Lilies of the Field” a role for which he won a Best Actor Academy Award in 1964.
The Big Deal? He was the first Black actor to ever receive that award.
The Big Deal? He was pretty much the only Black actor working in Hollywood at the time. As he once recalled, “I made films when the only other Black on the lot was the shoeshine boy. I was kind of the lone guy in town.”
In 1967, theater owners named him the Number One movie star, the first time a Black actor was so honored.
Sidney was the trailblazer, the one who paved the way for those who followed, like Danny Glover, James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Halle Berry and so many more.
He had a message for all those followers in 1992, in his acceptance speech for the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award:
“Welcome, young Blacks. Those of us who go before you glance back with satisfaction and leave you with a simple trust: Be true to yourselves and be useful to the journey.”
Enjoy some Sidney Poitier movies this weekend; read about his early struggles that shaped him into the actor, and the man, he became.
It’s been a year to the day since the insurrection in our nation’s capital. TokyoSand at politicalcharge.org wrote this letter a week later, and it’s every bit as relevant today. Larry
This is the open letter I wrote to Republicans this time last year following the insurrection on January 6th. I stand by these words and find myself even more committed to defeating the party and its members who have done nothing to course correct after that tragic day. Dear Republican Party members, No, we will…
TokyoSand at politicalcharge.org is teaching all us Americans to be responsible citizens and caretakers of our democracy. One way is by keeping apprised of upcoming elections in your area. Read this and feel free to share it. Larry
What better way to protect our democracy than to encourage folks to participate in it? (Well, that and expanding voting rights, of course.) One of the ways we can do that is by sharing the information about elections that are happening year-round! Turnout drops by A LOT in what is called “off-cycle” elections, and historically,…
I swoon for chippy paint, a gorgeous patina and a fabulous song!!! I love great music (read: Bruce Springsteen & Otis Redding), white lilacs, walking in freshly fallen snow, the Golden Girls, road trips and the fall!!!
“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.” Ray Bradbury