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Some of the Reasons I Write for Bleacher Report

By Damali Binta Yael On August - 29 - 2009

As a young child born near the time of World War II, I was told that "knowledge is power."

Years later, I learned that to have a "voice" or a chance to freely express yourself, is also a "power."

In a country which was founded on the premises of life, liberty and justice for all, I observed that there were structural barriers in sports, education, religious organizations, politics, and more.

During my earlier years, my peers believed that NFL football and NBA basketball careers gave them easier access to fame and fortune. Many of my peers had outstanding professional athletic careers. Life after those careers sometimes took a twist and turn toward health, emotional or other problems.

Secondly, during the 1960s I heard people like Mr. Pluria Marshall, Dr. John B. Coleman, and Mr. Mack H. Hannah talk about the fact that we need to have more ownership in the media.

It might help to add that Dr. John B. Coleman was the first African American to serve on the Board of Regents of Texas A & M University System; and Mr. Mack H. Hannah was the first African American (Texas) millionaire of record, and first African American to serve on ...

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