I heard somewhere that thinking may be dangerous.
I try my best to think good thoughts especially centered around my old neighborhood and friends.
I was also thinking about Black History Month and who I would like to highlight.
It is so strange how names connect to one another and I suppose these two names happened for a reason.
Behind the Capitol home-girls:
Given name Vivian
The last name and/or the first name have been left off to protect the innocent or the guilty depending on all who may have come in contact with us behind the capitol.
In fact our neighborhood was what we affectionately called “Behind the Capitol”.
For the purpose of this blog I will remain vigilant and use given and surname.
Thinking back we have all had some good times growing up. I have soft spots in my heart for both of the families of these two ladies.
First name Vivian always had an infectious laugh and sense of humor while surname Stringer and I ran on the same track team at school.
We were pretty good too.
In fact our school record stood for many years in the Murphy School District.
First name Vivian I saw a couple of years ago at a church outing, but it has been years and years since I have seen Surname Stringer.
I was born on the 16th day of March, in some year in the 1900’s.
So, in honor of these two ladies and myself, I put together my Black History Month nominee.
C Vivian Stringer
Vivian was born March 16, 1948 in Edborn Pennsylvania to parents Thelma and Buddy Stoner.
She went on to excel in all types of sports from basketball to Field Hockey.
Vivian even participated in Cheer when she was not playing sports. (Philadelphia Tribune exerpt)
Not only is she a talented coach she is an accomplished musician as well with her talent in playing the piano.
In college at Slippery Rock State she earned her Master of Science Degree in Education.
She has coached at schools such as Cheney State all the way to Rutgers.
Quoting her she stated:
“Nothing touches me more than a person who has convictions and doesn't just go the way the wind blows”
I salute you Mrs. C. Vivian Stringer for being one of the classiest and winningest coaches in women’s basketball.
I also salute you for your work habits to excel and your ability to encompass those around you to excel.
Your strength and convictions when standing up for your players in the don imus (notice no capitalization) debacle, along with being true to yourself did not escape me and millions of others.