FIRST AND FOREMOST: to my Heavenly Father who chose me to be a vessel in this season, thank you for giving me the opportunity, the strength, and the knowledge to Stand Up for Peace, Love, and Equality for ALL.
David Steele, thank you for your great writing and listening skills and your patience with me. If I remember correctly, we cooked you a steak dinner, and we sat on my patio and talked for hours and hours. Now you can buy me a steak dinner. Thanks again.
To my wife, Delois Jordan Smith, you were relentless in finding the avenue to see this book completed and published. The race is not given to the swift, but to the one who endures to the end. My lady, job well done.
To my sister Sally Mae Gamble, who worked alongside me in the cotton fields in the San Joaquin Valley and pushed me to continue my education. Rest in Peace.
To the rest of my brothers and sisters: Willie Jewell, James Richard, George, Lucille, Hattie Mae, Ernie, Mary, Gladys, Elizabeth, and Eugene. Let us not forget from whence we come. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”
Dr. Tommie C. Smith
MY ROLE IN TELLING THIS STORY would not be possible without the trust and faith placed in me by Tommie Smith and his wife, Delois, who selected me to be the chronicler of a long-awaited, important chapter in history and showed the patience and perseverance to see the work through. I can only hope I have rewarded that faith.