I am reblogging it because I was asked too. I wrote this piece in January. Thanks for reading!
Richard “Pee-Wee” Kirkland is a premier Harlem Legend because of his business sense and undeniable talent. It doesn’t matter what you have learned in your History classes about a handful of Black Activist, you had to miss one. The Rucker Park is not only a legend of Harlem but the place where Kareem Abdul Jabar even graced the court.
Our “Legends” are missing from the History Books. We as an Urban force must investigate and gather information on our urban culture, our legends need their stories told, and we need to past these stories down to the next generation. Numerous people have came through Harlem, after the “Harlem Renaissance.” You will not read about these African- American men and women in a Southern History Books. These men and women are not considered heros. What makes a hero, and when do we become a legend? Your story has to be told, it will help someone who may have assumed that path would bring them to riches. You can save a life, and money that would be used for that prisoners. You are a hero, if you can stop one girl from selling her body for drugs, or any man from supplying his mother with drugs. Every little action will start positive energy in out communities.
It is mandatory that I show love to our “Street Legends.” I am not bigging up the game, because you can’t win from it; but you can learn from it!
Pee-Wee Kirkland‘s life unfolded but only a few of those moments are on film. Pee Wee’s life and other street stars like Karlton Hines, and Earl “The Goat” Manigault have their own underworld tragedy’s and choses that solidified their future. One thing undebatable in the culture is that every man who serves a prison system could tell you when and where they “got caught slipping.” What you choose is the most important factor at that moment, but short-term gratification will always derail a “Street Legend.”
Pee-Wee Kirkland walked through the doors of “The Rucker” gymnasium founded by Holcombe Rucker, “The Rucker” showcases African-American talent in the Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods. Holcombe Rucker awarded scholarships to the lower class residents second class citizens because of the color of their skin. In 1969 Pee-Wee Kirkland had a chance to play for the “Chicago Bulls” but he could not leave the Drug Game. When they discussed signing benefits and the contractual agreement he wasn’t interested.
Pee-Wee was in “The Game” and told the Chicago Bulls recruiter that he had more money in his pocket right now than that $15,000 they were offering. So, he shot down a reality for a street dream. Pee Wee became a Basketball star, but it was behind the Prison walls and mandatory rules with no freedom that he had at “Rucker Park.” In prison he scored 465 points in 8 games, just imagine if he would have signed that Bulls Contract…
According To Wikipedia, Pee-Wee played in prison from 1981 to 1988 in La Tuna, Texas. In the Anthracite Basketball League of central Pennsylvania he scored 100 and 135 points in one game.
After you watch this video you will see that Pee- Wee Kirkland is telling you exactly what I have been preaching since the beginning of messymandella.com.
We have to change our own destiny and stop creating havoc in our own communities.
Freedom came once Pee-Wee, as a man, matured and used self evaluation and acceptance to move forward.
I don’t care who you are and what you are doing; I believe in you and apparently so does Pee-Wee Kirkland.
Maybe you don’t want to hear the message from a prissy, petite light-bright chick?
Maybe you will accept the message from someone who knows what we are into now, and how we are putting fuel to our personal and cultural inevitable destruction.
We have to make change!
I had look at myself, I judged people who have unsavory titles as automatic enemies before even learning who they were. I am not perfect, I matured in the process. Once you continuously demean people who pushes them further into destruction. I learned that and regret that, and now is the time for us to work together to improve our situation. We have too many people with commissary books, and unplanned baby mama drama.
We have to do better or the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t even worth the fight!