Month: March 2015

Baseball, Glory, Glory, Baseball!

By Michael March 31, 2015 Off

Baseball. That game of nine men pitted against nine other men which begins during the chill of early spring and ends with the thrills of a chilly autumn classic is upon us once again. I’ve always looked forward to the opening of baseball season.

Opening Day of the baseball season was a signal in my youth that the winter was over and it was time to get out of the house and move around a bit. A chance to pound your fist into the palm of your glove, spit in it and get the leather supple for the next baseball thrown or hit your way. read more

Who Runs Tuskegee?

By Michael March 24, 2015 Off

Who runs Tuskegee University?

In 1880 Tuskegee was established as a teacher’s college with a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. They elected their successors and are responsible to no one.

The initial Trustees were Lewis Adams, the Negro Shopkeeper who actually founded the school; George Campbell, a white banker befriended by Adams and a representative; appointed by the State of Alabama in exchange for an annual appropriation of $2,000 for teachers’ salaries. read more

Dr. Johnson Center of TU Storm

By Michael March 23, 2015 Off

Dr. Brian L. Johnson, the new president at Tuskegee University is at the center of a storm brewing on the East Alabama campus, that once reveled itself as the “pride of the swift growing South.”

Johnson’s tenure got off to a rocky start when many in the alumni community questioned his lack of senior executive experience at the postsecondary level. read more

Tuskegee Protest Day 2

By Michael March 21, 2015 Off

The student protest at Tuskegee University continued into its second day. Friday approximately 100 students assembled at the Booker T. Washington monument. They demanded that the Board of Trustees fire President Brian J0hnson by the end of the day.

The board did not fire Johnson.

One board member, who requested anonymity in a phone conversation, said “it is unlikely the Board will terminate Johnson’s contract.” read more

Tuskegee Protest Underway

By Michael March 20, 2015 Off

Tuskegee University students have issued a demand to the school’s Board of Trustees to fire newly- appointed President Brian Johnson. Johnson has been on the job for less than a year. He was selected by the Tuskegee Board of Trustees at the behest of Board Chairman General (Ret.) Charles Williams. read more

Obama’s Transformative Presidency

By Michael March 20, 2015 Off

You have to give it to President Barack Obama, if his presidency has been anything, it has been transformative. First Obama transformed the way Wall Street does business after it became obvious that the old system was fraught with fraud.

Then he overhauled the healthcare industry in the country by making it mandatory for all Americans to have health insurance. Today, more people are insured than at any time in American history. read more

Starbucks Talks Race over Coffee

By Michael March 19, 2015 Off

Starbucks just added a jolt to a morning cup of java. The jolt is not from some exotic Central American  or African brew. This bounce is not due to an extravagant aromatic coffee bean. The added sway does not come from what is in the cup. It’s what is written on the cup and what the Starbuck’s server says to you when you pick up your cup of java that is jerking Americans awake. read more

Justice in the Round

By Michael March 15, 2015 Off

Justice in the Round, what is it, what does it look like and how can it be obtained? These are the sub-themes of the 155 page book I recently authored. The book, Justice in the Round debuts 4 April 2015, on the 47th Anniversary of the Assassination of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The pages of Justice in the Round spilled out onto the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last week. The last two paragraphs in Justice in the Round accurately and prophetically warn of events like the mass demonstration held in front of the Ferguson Police Department. This demonstration ended in gunfire. The presumption is the gunfire came from members of the public. The gunfire seriously wounded two Ferguson police officers. read more

Why Not Joe?

By Michael March 13, 2015 Off

Joe Biden has stood behind President Obama the last six years in every crisis from reviving the economy, to immigration reform, gay marriage, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the war in Iraq and health care reform. Photo Credits:

A conversation from a far region in the back of my mind: read more

Is Hillary the One?

By Michael March 12, 2015 Off

Is Hillary the one? Is Hillary Rodham Clinton the one? Is she? If she is, what makes her the one?

Ever since losing a bruising political campaign to Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Hillary has been running for president. Her husband Bill, the 42nd President of the United States, secured her intentions to seek a place on the 2016 ticket by campaigning for President Obama in 2012. read more