Through my research experiences with Crossroads to Freedom I have recognized how people casually visualize their lives and their day to day actions in connection with larger events in the world. It seems as if even the most spectacular things become ordinary and they are faded out in memory because in their minds it lacks importance and relevance. They live their lives and see it as just doing that- living. They hardly recognize their impact of their daily decisions, their interactions with others. Reginald Howard’s favorite past time and hobby of playing baseball made him a witness with a primary personal account of the change that happened to the Negro League during segregation. Because of his experiences alone, he has given generations an untampered view that would have otherwised been replicated in a text book by a third party who collected documents and summarized based upon research. Even the smallest things like being present appear grand and transform future events through ripple effects of influence. How do we as people see ourselevs? view our actions? Are we self indulged and view our lives as only an extension of our desires and needs? For instance, when choosing our careers do we even contemplate the people we will be servicing or connected to? We all make a contribution no matter what field we work in. What is yours? mine? Do I even measure my actions and how they may effect others?
Talking to people like Robert Atkins, Bill Short, Rita Kendrick, and many more has truly been inspriring. They allow me to place things in perspective not only for my job but for my life as well. How was Rita Kendrick suppossed to know that the shade of her skin and the dicrimination she received from different races even her own would help the students she transcend pride and beauty.
Grassroot soldiers and ordinary heroes become bigger than life just by living life. They are history untold.