Black Ivies and Golden Boys

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Black Ivies and Golden Boys

by David Steven Spruill For Richmond Graham and his collegiate student council comrades, also known as the golden boys on the campus of Emery Fears College, the opportunity of obtaining a college education was like entering the promised land. But when the opportunity to obtain that same education was not being pursued by a vast number of peers from their generation, or society, something had to be done immediately. But how do you convey the importance of obtaining a college education within the masses of a materialistic society? When this ambitious cadre of young men, from their prestigiously small all-boys school, takes on the tasks of changing the current state and status quo of historically black colleges and universities, things become more complicated than they could have ever imagined. When this altruistic crew of enthusiastic college boys commits to upholding the biblical beliefs and principles of their ancestors, they create an educational, economic, and historic monopoly that catapults them into the annals of history and changes the entire course of history for historically black colleges everywhere, or in their cases, the Black Ivies. ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Steven Spruill was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he attended Manor High School, a then newly constructed state-of-the-art senior high school that was designed to integrate students from two of the citys predominantly black and predominantly white middle-class communities. He graduated with honors from college and the United States Army Drill Sergeants Academy. He is a former Teacher of the Year and founder of The Gentlemens Institute, a social organization that mentors to the academic and social needs of young men and adolescents. The organization was featured in The Washington Post for its efforts in mentoring to young African-American males. He also founded the Emery L. Fears Boys Academy in Washington, D.C. He named the school in honor of one of his most influential college professors. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the day-to-day operation of his school as the executive headmaster. (2008, paperback, 32 pages)