I almost quit. I didn’t think I could write the article. But it made the front page of the Friday print edition of the Oak Ridger newspaper under the city historian Mr. Ray Smith’s Historically Speaking column.
The battle to write is fierce. I’ve cried my way through writing articles, written under the weight of discouragement and doubt, thought I’d never finish some pieces, and almost didn’t submit others. But several of the hardest pieces to write opened doors, won awards, and people blessed me when they shared my writing ministered to them. —Don’t quit.
We must each obey our call and trust God to enable and use us as He wills. (Remind me of that tomorrow, please.)Tweet
Created in 1942, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, also known as the Secret City and the Atomic City, was one of the three major sites set up as part of the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project. The scientists at the laboratory in the Secret City developed the materials to build the atomic bomb that ended WWII. But Oak Ridge has other stories. Twenty years after its inception, Black citizens, many of whom the government had brought in to build the laboratory and city, still lived under the oppressive culture and restrictions of Jim Crow segregation laws.
This article is the first in a series Mr. Smith invited me to write for his column. (Thank you.) 🙂 The articles and the book I’m writing on the integration of Oak Ridge in the 1960s were first inspired by the stories of my father-in-law and his best friend. They will feature the accounts of many valiant souls with a message for today.
“Beneath Dr. James Spicer’s charming drawl and calm demeanor lies a steely resolve, a…” Click HERE to read my article in the Oak Ridger newspaper: The Integration of Oak Ridge: A Unique Perspective
NEXT UPCOMING: Mr. Ray Smith, the Oak Ridge city historian, is also a Vietnam veteran, a police chaplain emeritus, a skilled storyteller, author, and more. I had the honor of interviewing him and look forward to sharing his amazing stories, wisdom, and work with you next week on my blog.
Thank you to my fellow writers and readers for your prayers and encouragement. You are invaluable. I cannot do this on my strength. Humbled, honored, blessed, to serve as one of God’s scribes.
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NEW RELEASE: MORE Than My Mountains
NEW RELEASE: Created Critters with Fur
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I Will Not be Afraid, Michelle Medlock Adams [Children’s Picture Book, Christian Inspirational]
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Historically Speaking Series of Books by Oak Ridge Historian Ray Smith – Annual volumes of historical articles published in The Oak Ridger newspaper
I am Cyrus, Harry Truman and the Rebirth of Israel, Dr. Craig von Busek [Literary Nonfiction]
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