Poppy:A Story of Courage, Determination sand Faith
ByDr. Horace L. Stewart
Courage + Determination + Faith = Dreams Realized
Have you ever wanted something and all the cards seemed to be stacked
against you? What if you were born at the wrong time, the wrong color, and on
the wrong side of the tracks? But something inside of you knew you were
destined for more than an average life. You wanted a life for yourself and
your family that would positively impact generations to come. So you set
aside fear and apprehension and courageously move toward your dream.
With sheer determination you start out. No matter how difficult or humbling
the tasks you won’t give up, even though the circumstances dictate
that you should. Now you are off and running so you think—but the next
step runs you smack into a wall. Everything you worked for and dreamed
of slips through your fingers. To add insult to injury; a series of events
caused by your choices inadvertently leads to the death of your only son.
In order to bounce back from this last blow it takes something greater
than yourself—it takes faith. You take that leap and start moving toward your
dreams one more time. You know that you still have it in you to do something
significant with your life. So you try again and this time your dreams
You are Never too Old or too Young to Dream
Poppy: A Story of Courage, Determination and Faith spans seven of
the most difficult decades in American history and the life of Dr. Horace L.
Stewart, one of eighteen black men specifically selected
in the 1940s to integrate Air Force Basic Training.
In his life he experienced segregation to integration,
the Great Depression and World War II. Dr. Stewart
self-described as a gangly dark skinned colored boy
went from the cotton fields of central Texas, to high
school dropout, to airman, to teacher, to doctorate in
education which proves that anything is possible with
courage, determination and faith.