In keeping with theÂ spirit of the day I wanted to share withÂ you a personal hero of mine.Â Â NoÂ it’s not Jamie Fox, or any other star of Dreamgirls.Â (As a practice I try not to hold celebrities in high regard.)Â Of course Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my heros, as is Brother Malcolm,Â and Barack Obama.Â Then, in a more general sense, social workers and teachers areÂ atop on my list of people I admire.Â In terms of fiction writing it’s Walter Mosley and, dare I say, Elmore Leonard.Â But I’m not talking about any of them.Â I’m talking about Roland G. Fryer, aÂ black 29 year old Harvard economics professor (I know, I know -Â I also cringe a little when I think of the Black Harvard academic elite).Â
Politics aside, his life story is inspirational and I like that his “fame” is from being educated, and passionate about his area of study, not aÂ rapper or actor.Â He’s a survivor and through commitment and hard work he avoided being one of the statistics that he studies.
I’ve been keeping tabs on his work for about two years; ever sinceÂ I read a very personal article about him in The New York Times Magazine.Â He’s only a little older thanÂ I amÂ and has accomplished so much in academia in such a short time.Â Â Â He kind of makes me want to do more so I can catch up!Â I look forward to future research and writingsÂ by a man that will definitely help shape the future of black thought.Â
Unfortunately his story and stories like his are hard to find in a world where theÂ four horsewomenÂ of the apocalypse (Britney, Lindsay, Paris, Nicole) reign supreme.Â And where people glorifying sex and violence are often rewarded with muti-million dollar contracts.Â But as always we push forward with the strength of the past providing us with hope for the future.Â Happy MLK Day!