His speech was filled with passion and while reading the last chapter of his book, he was overcome with emotion. The chapter centered around the triumph of Otis Bullock, a Vaux student who beat the odds and became not only the first of Thomas-EL's students to graduate from college, but also the first in his family to graduate from both high school and college! He is now a third-year law student at Temple University. Thomas-EL asked Bullock as well as other Vaux and Reynolds students to join him on the platform… it was an inspiring moment. Mayor John Street of Philadelphia had earlier given his praises and was proud to make mention that his very own son has decided to become an educator. It appeared to be a wonderful evening.
The book is now available and is published by Kensington Publishing (ISBN 0-7582-0186-9, U.S. $23.00, Canada $26.00). Also visit the "I Choose to Stay" website.
The Chess Drum, "Former Vaux Students Making the Grade," 22 July 2003.
The Chess Drum, "Book on Chess Triumph has "Staying Power," 14 June 2003.
The Chess Drum, "I Choose to Stay" now available at bookstores!!" 7 March 2003.
The Chess Drum, "Chess Coach unveils book about chess triumph at Philly's Vaux!" 26 January 2003.
The Chess Drum, "A Principled Chess Coach says, "I Choose to Stay," 27 February 2002.
The Chess Drum (Historic Moments), "Roberts Vaux "Bad Bishops" (1977-1981)."
Roberts Vaux Chess Team website (1997-98)
Posted by The Chess Drum: 22 June 2003