June 11, 2018

In a new series of blogs, I will discuss the inspiration and motivation behind each of the eight books I have published. I begin with the very first book that I published – Gifts of Moments: Being Somebody to Somebody. I invite your comments and questions.

This was my f...

July 29, 2017

Shortly after East Texas State University merged with the Texas A&M University System and became Texas A&M University-Commerce, President Jerry Morris appointed me to represent the University in several System-wide initiatives. One of the first was to explore ways for...

May 24, 2017

Decades after singing We Shall Overcome at numerous mass meetings, I gradually started giving more thought to the song’s title, which was and is both inspirational and aspirational. It evoked feelings of both hope and expectation. In particular, I started giving though...

May 9, 2017

In 2013, I was privileged to be interviewed for the PBS documentary, Freedom Summer, which chronicled the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. At one point during the interview, Stanley Nelson, the talented writer, producer, and director of t...

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