Returning from our final days with Richard's brother Dr. Clarence Talley in Louisville, KY, has challenged both of us to examine our priorities.
As a sociology professor, a lover of life and a champion of social justice, Clarence inspired his family, his students, his colleagues, and everyone with whom he came in contact. One man from humble beginnings on a farm in the middle of Kansas, born to parents of different races, not always sure of his path in life....Clarence set an example of what one person can do to positively influence others. With an easy-going manner and a smile always on his face, Dr. T. never waivered from his quest to improve the lot of oppressed people all over the world. Through education, travel, and community service, he demonstrated how each of us has a ripple-in-the-pond effect on our world.
Bon voyage, my beautiful brother, and may we who are left behind for awhile follow in your footsteps of peace and progress.