INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
THE SAMMY DAVIS JUNIOR ENCOUNTERS
by Marianne M. Masopust
This is the inspiring story of how a young girl, living a sheltered life in her all white suburban community, becomes an activist for equal rights.
Marianne grew up listening to “The Rat Pack”: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. She and her family were always listening to one of them on their Victrola, and every family member had their favorite. Her favorite was been Sammy Davis Jr. , the singer her dad called the “Consummate Performer.” When Marianne was twelve years old, she bought herself a copy of his book, Yes I Can, the story of his struggle from childhood to stardom and beyond. She couldn’t put it down. And that was the beginning of her awakening.
At age thirteen, Marianne still thought of America as the land of the free, the home of the brave. She hadn’t the slightest idea that another America existed. But then when she began to watch more of the news, she learned about the Civil Rights Movement. Segregation was a new concept for her before reading about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But once she did, she became outraged. This was a lot for a thirteen-year-old to swallow!
And then a magical thing happened. Mariianne came face to face with Sammy Davis Jr., and her life has never been the same!
This story is now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Diamond Collection – Series V