Thursday, January 13, 2005

"These Are My Heroes: Fran Dorsey"

-- January 13th, 2004 --



What is a rebel? Webster's definition of it is, "To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention." It should be renamed Francis E. Dorsey. This man has single-handedly redefined the notions of Black folks in the American diaspora, as well as, the African diaspora. He is anger personified. A trait not too far from his own line. His truth is legendary. A man who's stance on certain issues could outlast any monument, piece of artwork, anything. Once he puts his mind to something, it is no longer an impossibility. His name rings through the hallowed halls of the Oscar Ritchie facility that he helped build. The theater alone stands as a testimony to his sheer drive for his love of the Arts. Always the perfectionist, this well-read literary mastermind loves to do what others cannot do and make it seem to be done with ease. Very opinionated, many students have had a memorable argument with the boisterous rebel with a cause. Who's pride and anger sometimes rub those, who aren't built to handle it's sharpness, the wrong way. His arrangement of putting on plays that show the beautiful side of Black folks like in, "Tamborines to Glory," or it's sharp socio-wit in, "Day of Absence," or the humor in folk story like in, "Stagolee." An objector to things that display in stark contrast of what we really are -- he's quick to put anyone in their place if they think otherwise. His lineage is strong and grounded in African tradition... Black pride.

He is a marvel to behold, an inspiration to those who yearn to continue to fight for the cause, a father to his sons, and a hero to me. In a time where Black men are abandoning their responsibilities to their families, to themselves, and to their community -- it a just sign that SOMEONE stands out and says that, "THIS IS NOT RIGHT!" That we are a beautiful people, with more to offer than shaking our asses to the newest Nelly song and being disrespectful to one another. A man who is known for handling his business as equally as he's known for his temper, Dr. Dorsey is a man who's accomplished so much in his life and still continues to strive for more. I, knowingly, have had many trials and tribulations in my life -- just like everyone else has. I'm not complaining, I just know that I am going to take the blueprint that I've see put to use from Doctor Dorsey and strive, for myself, to be the best that I can possibly be.

Two men who have experienced his love, anger, and colorful commentary are...



Jelani and Jabari Dorsey -- two brothas who have a plan and the means of carrying it out. I respect those two for all they accomplished and the things that they've showed me, being the sons of the man known as "Fran". I respect their contributions and wish them nothing but blessings. Tribe D -4- Life.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dayrell said...

Powerful...simply powerful. Your words are always so beautiful. :)

February 2, 2005 at 1:46 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jelani is my boyfriend ho.

September 2, 2006 at 5:47 AM

 

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