I enjoyed Aloma's book. Im so glad she took time to tell some of the Dunbar story, my story, in part, having grown up a Hail Mary Pass distance from the campus, a beloved learning place for me. Be the best was our motto and Ive sure tried to be the best me I could be in my 78 years of life. It was a school where if you had something to offer you were free to do so and I did. And Im still showing off: acting, writing, playing a ton of sports, creating exciting schools for children, a social activist at my core Hail to Dunbar Junior High!
Ah, but he could sing like Dusty Springfield, like all the Andrews can do. Besides playing round-ball with him at Tucson High and against him when he was at NAU, singing doo-wop with him under a shade tree is among the most precious memories I have in my life. If he had wanted us to we would have had to pay to hear him sing.
I've known him most of my life and he was quite the dude. Good man with a positive attitude. Our motto at Dunbar was "Be the Best." When it comes to being a human being, Ira heeded that request. Loved him.
When you're struggling to simply survive, "waiting for years" isn't a concept you can live with; you're forced to take risks. Your motivation isn't to break laws or steal an identity; you just want to eat and possibly have a roof of some kind over your head. Think HUMAN, human needs. Would you consider what's legal or illegal if you're down to it and the only hope for you, you feel, is across from you on the other side of a fence?
Beautiful story about a beautiful family taking on society's ugliness.
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