Addie James is a self taught artist from Statesville, NC. I was fortunate to pick up these two original paintings.                                                                                                                                     3-17-2010 1;20;33 AM 3-17-2010 1;20;30 AM


We all have our sports heros, some local, some universal. Reggie White belonged to us all. Beloved in many states he set a wonderful example for football players of all ages.                                                                                                                                                                                                  3-17-2010 11;34;07 PM


Of course “PEOPLE” will come from all of the other categories. Still, there are times you will discover an artifact from an individual that is important to you.

Lee Elder played an important role in golf. Here are his one-of-a-kind hands cast in faux-marble with a picture of him with his hands in the mold and his signature. Only one set was made.                                                                                                                                                                                Screenshot 2015-11-05 00.20.11


There is so much music out there it is hard to know where to begin. One of my favorites is a record set by Leontyne Price. I found this set at Goodwill for 25 cents and it is signed!                                                                                                                                                                            BH2 002


History began one minute ago. By the time I get to the bottom of this page the first paragraph will be history. When you are looking for something to inspire someone you do not have to go to the 1900’s or the 1800’s. While there certainly are many books to celebrate from “long ago” do not overlook current books about the past.

I recently crossed paths with Ron Stodghill. He is the author of a new book about HBCU’s. I know I said this collection was for 2nd and 3rd graders so get it, read it and share it with them!                                                                                                                                                                       Screenshot 2015-11-04 22.19.08


Joseph Charles Price. If there was one man in all of History that I could meet it would be Joseph Charles Price. He was called  “The World’s Orator” by the English press. He was the founder and first President of Livingstone College.  He is known for the saying, “I do not care how dark the night; I believe in the coming of the morning.”                                                                                                                                                                                         CAMERON POTTERY DAY 2013 015 (2)


Who are the Top Ten African American artists? Who are YOUR favorite artists? This is subjective, as it should be. Sometimes we favor artists that have been around a long time. Other times we find a new artist that jumps out at us from the internet. This watercolor by Stacey Brown really speaks to me. You can find more of his art on Etsy. or his website!/3/featured/Watercolors/115

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