Too Many Great Ones Going At Once

What a day. First, I hear an icon from movie “Animal House”, John “Dean Wormer/Mr. Big” Vernon died. Then, shortly after that I get an e-mail bulletin that activist and actor, Ossie Davis had died. So shocked, thought it was some sort of typo, only to find out it’s real. Seeing him is a constant reminder of all the struggles of African-Americans from 1870 to 1980, and how he continued to maintain his dignity even during the most dehumanizing times. He was a constant reminder of the tireless works of both Dr. King and Malcolm X. Still loving that dinner movie scene from “Jungle Fever”, and, of course, “I brought you into this world, I’ll take you out” scene with him and Gator in “Jungle Fever” as well. He lived a well-lived and non-wasted life. Then, what seemed like a good guys taken down double-whammy, news of boxing great and humanitarian, Max Schmeling, dying was released. So many people judged him incorrectly, but never took the time to find out about this extraordinary, yet quiet man.

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