Although the rules of the game today have taken a great deal of the aggression off the field, football remains a violent sport. The guys in the trenches, the gladiator, are bigger and stronger than those playing the skilled positions. Inevitably, there are disagreements between the gladiators and the smaller offensive players. When they clash, the “root for the underdog” American ethos kicks in and comes to the aid of the skilled player over the so-called “brut.” The immediate outcry is that the colossal football player deserves condemnation. It is easy to come to this conclusion. The actions of the
One year ago, this month, three of my high school friends, and I decided it was time to come from the shadows and discuss our role in integrating the Lanier Jr. High School for Boys in Macon, Georgia, during the 1965-66 school year. Our feat had gone unnoted then, and mostly unnoticed in the intervening 55 years. Our research found no mention of our efforts in the local newspapers, but we did discover an article written a few years ago, extolling the opening of Central High School (formerly Lanier Sr. High School) in 1970 as the beginning of integrated public-school
It’s 1:00 am. I’m up early for the start of another day. There is nothing new about this routine. Usually, my day starts around 2:00 am with my fingers running across the keyboards of my desktop. I will write until around 5:30 am, then take a nap and arise again around 7:00 am and run through the routine of dealing with people who sleep through the night. Perhaps, the only difference about this day is that the calendar on my desk says it is October 16, 2019. It seems that just a few days ago it was October 16, 2018.
Kindly click the link to an invitation to a discussion with several students who integrated Lanier Jr. High School for Boys in Macon, Georgia in 1965. They will discuss how their experiences impacted the fulfillment of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case. The Symposium takes place Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Tubman African American Museum beginning at 10:00 am until noon. The Panelists are Carlton Haywood, Sylvester Royal, and James Thomas. The discussion is moderated by Harold Michael Harvey. A question and answer session will follow the symposium after which the panel invites attends to lunch at
How does a young man go from being a scared, sacred, and shy witness against a police officer one week and a bold, brutal, and brazen marijuana dealer the next week? How many pot distribution centers did the men from Alexandria, Louisiana drive pass on their way to Dallas, Texas? How could there have been a gun battle which killed one person and severely injured another one, and there is not one media report over the weekend of gun-battle injuries related to the death of Joshua Brown? If the Dallas Police coordinated with the medical center to keep news of
“Chip” Lawrence, National Cross-Checker for the San Diego Padres, hung up his baseball cleats 20 years ago after a career in minor league baseball and began scouting professionally. Like any red-blooded American baseball player, he knew he wanted to stay in the game beyond his playing days and help other youngsters find success in college and possibly a career in baseball. “There are so many jobs in baseball other than on the field,” Lawrence said, taking a break from the HBCU/All College Baseball Showcase he brings to Atlanta each year to introduce Black baseball players to college coaches from the
On September 6, 1965, thirteen Black students stepped onto the campus of Lanier Jr. High School for Boys in Macon, Georgia to begin the 1965-66 school year. The school built in 1948 for the education of white boys braced itself for a historical moment. The thirteen youngsters were the first of their race to enroll in this junior high school. Across Bibb County that morning over 240 Black students attended classes for the first time with white students. Several of them like the Lanier Junior High 13, was the first Black students enrolled in the segregated white junior
Greetings Mr. Harvey, educator, coach, baseball legend, author, journalist, lawyer, defender, organizer, trailblazer, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, my hero and so many wonderful things to so many people. I am honored to have met you. Thank you for your selfless service and contributions to our community. Thanks for sharing yourself and talents with the world. I thank you for defending all of those kids during Freaknik who did not deserve to be arrested. I hope you are very proud of your accomplishments because you should be. I am! Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance is an excellent book.
“I was not sure of the reception from my hometown,” Harold Michael Harvey, author of Freaknik Lawyer, said. He had just finished reading a passage from his memoir to a gathering of Maconites at the historic Douglass Théâtre. Harvey’smemoir on the craft of resistance is an intimate portrayal of his life coming of age in Macon, first during Jim Crow, and later during integration. “The most amazing thing about the evening was a young teenager working at the Douglass Theatre tonight. He left his work duties in another section of the Douglass to observe the book launch. He caught my