This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
As we have in the past, this month we have tried to make sure the Taylor Press celebrates Black History Month. We have had features on the front page and throughout the paper the entire month.
In the process, I’m still learning a lot of things about black history, not just in Taylor, but black history in general.
Since I’ve been at the paper, I’ve learned about the O.L. Price state football teams. I recently learned more about Oliver Lewis Price himself and why the school was named after him.
I learned a few years ago about my uncle Andrew James Chambers (Uncle Jr. to us), who had a song in the Hit Parade Review, a magazine that catered to music publishers only.
His group, the Seniors, scored “Smash of the Week,” which was the highest honor a magazine could award.
I thought maybe this was just a local thing, but no, the group released two songs nationwide. Those songs are “Who’s Gonna Know” and “It’s Been A Long Time.”
I still have those songs on my Ipod to this day.
I don’t have all the information about the Seniors or Uncle Jr.’s music career, but I’m still researching to find more.
Other things I’ve learned over the past few weeks were about the Line, the Community Center, Fannie Robinson Park, the Hole, Golden Glove boxing and other historic pieces of Taylor.
The interesting part of this is that all this history comes from the south side of the overpass. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, the south side is not all that bad.
In fact, most of the drug related crime that comes in the arrest report doesn’t come from the south side of town.
I still hear different Superman stories about my dad playing basketball. Over the last few months, I’ve even heard some about my brother.
Speaking of basketball, I learned about KC Jones being on the first all-black starting five in the NBA. I knew his accolades and his history in the league, but I never knew that fact. It’s pretty tremendous.
Jasmine has educated me on Ruby Bridges. I knew a little about her, but thanks to my 9-year-old daughter, I know a lot more now.
I’m also still researching the Shing Star, a black-owned newspaper in Taylor. It was produced in 1959. In addition to my scanned copy, I know there is at least one copy at the University of Texas Library. I hope I can find all of the copies and possibly read them or recreate them for a special section for the Taylor Press. That would be pretty cool right?
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and hit the gym. I still want to have the tournament, but if it doesn’t happen, I still plan to dunk a basketball the second weekend in July.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
- Marcus Garvey