I grew up in the only integrated school district in St.Louis County back in the late 60s and 70s. Dr Earl Beeks was my high school principal. We were all his kids. I didn't think about it until our 40th reunion, how it must have been to be a black man in a leadership role in education during such turbulent times. The Class of '76 still checks in on Facebook we are scattered across the country now. We still talk about Dr. Beeks and what those days gave us all. I am the head of a school now, I would think he would smile to to think of long haired Benjy going on serve in education too. I salute his leadership, the sense of vision he gave us, his struggle and accomplishments. We don't always know when we meet true giants, sometimes we only realize it later and are left with the wish we could have reached out and expressed appreciation and gratitude for what they gave us.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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