Black History Month is About Real People that Impacted My Life
In order to bring Black History Month to life, I like to tell my children about real African Americans that have impacted my life so today I want to acknowledge two Black Americans (a man and a woman) who blessed my life personally and professionally.
The first individual, Mike McQueen, played an important role in my career in the early 1990s when I was only a police desk cub reporter at The Miami Herald. McQueen, as we fondly called Mike, was a brilliant assistant city editor who was as popular in the newsroom for his sharp, wise cracking humor as we was for being a reporter’s editor. During my time at The Herald’s police desk, Mike was often the ONLY editor who consistently gave this blue-collar kid from Miami’s Little Havana the opportunities to go out on real “live” crime story assignments. Before he succumbed to cancer in 2009, I was fortunate enough to tell him how much I appreciated what he did for me. Read More »