My First Article

by Coach A.J. Johnson

After reading the Amarillo Globe News for the last 15 years and articles written by the public, I always wanted to add my twist to the world of writing. Okay world, here I am writing about myself and what would make me qualified to be a columnist.

I am a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, La., an all black high school in 1978. I was voted the Senior Class president at BTW. After playing football, basketball and baseball in high school, I decided to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship. Alva Oklahoma is a predominantly white community with the exceptions of the college athletes. After earning a B.S. and M.S in Education while becoming an All-American in basketball and being voted into Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame, it was time to turn professional.

I turned pro in 1985 with the San Antonio Independent School District as a teacher. San Antonio is a city of over a million people predominantly Hispanic origin. While in San Antonio I taught elementary, middle and high school students for 9 years. My family and I decided to move to the big city of Amarillo, Texas to continue my career as a teacher-coach, landing at Palo Duro High School one of the most multicultural schools in Texas. While coaching the girls basketball team at PDHS to over 370 wins, I was voted the 4A Coach of the Year in the state and have been named UIL district Coach of the Year in both 5A and 4A several times in my 16 years with the Amarillo I.S.D..

When you speak of multicultural education, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity given to me to make an impression on those that I have come in contact with as a student/amateur and a teacher/professional. So, if those who write daily with opinions in the local, state and world news are qualified to do so, I feel that my education and thoughts afford me the same opportunity.

Lastly, I would like to thank blackamarillo.com for the opportunity to express my opinions in the future on the things that I am passionate about, The Human Race and Life as I see it.

Andrew Johnson MS Ed.

Copyright 2011 – Coach A.J. Johnson. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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  1. avatar leigh cravin says:

    Welcome to blackamarillo.com. I have been writing for blackamarillo.com since 2005 and have written hundreds of articles. As a member of the “over the hill gang,” I strongly believe in getting out of the way for new writers and welcome younger voices with a fresh and bold perspective on the world we now face. I am particularly interested in how your articles will reflect on what you refer to as your “multicultural education” particularly since I’m not sure what that is. I attended an all black college in Houston back in the mid 60s, then was one of the first of 9 black student to attend the all-white Univ. of Wisconsin in Madison also in the mid-60s. From there I went to all white Rutgers University, then to all white U. of Michigan for advance degrees, including a masters degree and juris doctor. I think I was thoroughly immersed in “multiculturalism” but this has neither tempered nor compromised my willingness to speak “truth to power” about what America has become when it comes to race and class disparities. Hope you can shed some light on these issues, especially as they bear on what the future holds for students at Palo Duro–and particularly as it relates to Amarillo, Texas. Again, welcome aboard–and please educate us on the social, political, educational, and economic realities of this world. As a new book says, we’ve be side-tracked long enough with the recent “lookie me”, love of self, “narcissism epidemic.