In my beginning, God introduced me with two doctrinaire people. A Father with the work habit of a mule and twice as stubborn. A Mother with the heart of a lion in her convictions, while undiscouraged in her faith and love. They both introduced me to Grandparents, landowners of the agriculture age, who introduced me to more than two dozen Aunts and Uncles with outstretching arms like the tentacles of an octopus. They in turn, paraded me with an unadulterated number of Cousins, 2nd Cousins, etc. etc., all having a multitude of viewpoints, attitudes, and opinions, neat and pure. Outside of family, there have been many more who have touched my inner soul, relationships of endearing principles without ambivalence. In that sense, I introduce you to Chester A. Wright, the author of “Black Man and Blue Water.” Although he and I have never met, with him 22 years my senior, and an original resident of Hope, Arkansas, it seemed we emerged from the same egg. The age of enter the Navy, making it a career, the level of education and the racism that tended to stymie the ambition of many young Blacks was the yoke. After reading his book in 2010 a seed was sowed and “Guidance Against the Odds” was instinctively wrote. A seed in the amalgamation of being seen, heard, and understood as a Black Man. A seed pollinated by a military career, as I dwelled outside the bubble of a shielding family. Avenues traveled in darkness that led to light through the pages of a book.
I showcase my shipmate in this sharing, as his book will be my recommended read from my library for the month of July. http://www.bookmystory.net/MY-LIBRARY.html A cumulative library I see as generational wealth. Tangible in nature, the epitome of knowledge, but useless if not read. “Black Man and Blue Water” is a perfect transition from this month’s read. "How the word is passed" by Clint Smith. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” is mountain top faith, an educational slogan derived from the United Negro College Fund that should be a fact of life for everyone. How a person thinks, remembers, and understands has a huge impact on their lives. As we age, our brain begins to weaken, but our souls are forever. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30 (KJV)