We have written about him so many times, doing it.
This is a Black man who started out with modest means, with a hard working father and concerned parents who raised him to care about others, and not be so self-centered that any wealth he accumulates is not all spent on himself.
What is this Black man doing?
Giving back to his community, which is oh so rare these days.
Even though he has one of the most successful businesses in the Pittsburgh region he’s not the only man who could be giving more back to the community.
His latest episode is $100,000 to the struggling August Wilson Center for African American Culture. This will help the center continue to create plays, musicals and other programs for the community, creating not just entertainment but helping young people in the arts, writers, singers, musicians, actors, dancers, producers, directors, as well as helping them learn the business of entertainment.
Charlie Batch is another who stands out in his giving. It was a shame that he had to file bankruptcy, yet it hasn’t stopped him from giving back to the community.
This makes me wonder, what about all the Black Steelers and Pirates, and all the Black athletes and entertainers throughout this country raking in millions but doing nothing for the community except buying all the bling, bling they can get their hands on. Such as Mike Wallace who says $2.7 million is not enough. Come on, he has a lot of potential, but he has yet to break out as a great receiver. Antonio Brown was the best receiver on the team last season. Take the deal, and when you become a superstar then you will get the superstar pay. Greed. But I digress.
Speaking of superstars, guys like Sanders and Batch were and are not superstars on the field but they are off. Just think how much could be done in the community if more thought like Sanders and Batch.
Changing the subject, I was surprised to hear that Jordan Miles says he was beaten after being handcuffed. I’m still trying to figure out why it took so much for three big trained officers to subdue a small teenager. At the civil trial the defense is trying to show that he wasn’t the small weakling that he was portrayed to be. I’m still asking why did it take all that to subdue one person who was not trained in self defense. Maybe the FOP needs to take a very close look at their training manual. Something needs to be changed because what if they run up against someone who has been trained in self-defense. Then does it become lethal?
In the recent Pittsburgh School Board 6-0 vote to fire 280 people, three of the four Black board members weren’t present, Mark Brentley, Regina Holley, and Sharene Shealey. I wonder why? Could it have been a mild protest?
Sticking with the schools, to the group fighting for Schenley I’m not clear what you are looking for. The school is not going to be re-opened even if the previous administration did lie about the asbestos in the building. How can you use the athletic facilities and not use the main building when they are attached?
It’s time to let it go. Move on.
I do agree that all the trophies, plaques and other mementos should have a home. Not just for Schenley, but for Oliver, Langley, Peabody, South High, Fifth Avenue as well as the few schools left. This is history and even if there has to be a building set aside for it, then so be it. This building could pay for itself by charging people to come in to see the sports history of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Maybe call it the Pittsburgh Public Schools Hall of Fame Center.
On a closing note. Was the punishment too severe for Penn State?
The only problem I have with the punishment is that students who had nothing to do with it are being punished. No Bowl games not only punishes the school but the student athletes. I would have allowed the Bowl games but all proceeds from the Bowl game would go to programs that work with young people who have been raped by an adult. This way these young people who need the help would receive it free of charge, and the young athletes who need the exposure of a Bowl game would receive it. We are talking about millions of dollars here people. This would help a lot of young people. Not one penny would go to the school. This would do more good, and more punishment than the current ruling. But they didn’t ask me.
(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)
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