The Man, The Mission, The Story!!!

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MR. JOHN ARTHUR STOKES

  Activist, Plaintiff, Author, Educator, Lecturer, Trailblazer

"I am hiding in the bushes to keep from being seen and/or discovered. In my haste to hide, I accidentally ripped the skin off my leg. I now feel that fresh blood as it soaks through my clothing. No, I have not committed any crime. It is the era/time in which I am now living that created this problem. I am living in the era of 'Separate But Equal'. This law did very little to protect people of color."
  
The above quote is the opening passage and chapter in Stokes’ book titled Students on Strike. In this book, J. A. Stokes takes everyone on a journey so that all can experience what he experienced, lived through and/or felt during that scary period in history. Hence, one will understand fully why Stokes was hiding on that hot, humid, moonless night, along a major highway system in rural Virginia.
   
In this day and time, the experience cited above and others that would match the category through which Stokes and his peers experienced and suffered would be looked upon by some as a type of bullying. Thusly, the bullying pulpit had been established by ‘The Separate But Equal’ Doctrine. After all, this was the law of the land during that time. It was separate, but it was NEVER, EVER equal. The law was known as Plessy V. Ferguson. Hence, we had had enough; the idea of a strike was born. As a high school activist and a Key strike leader in 1951, Stokes became a part of a movement that was felt and heard throughout the world. This strike set the stage for Stokes to become one of the original plaintiffs in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education
  
Mr. Stokes served as a teacher, a master teacher, assistant principal, assistant to the superintendent, and principal in Baltimore City Public Schools before retiring as principal in 1994. One would think that after retiring, Mr. John A. Stokes would have slowed down a bit-----On the contrary, since retiring, he has served as an adjunct professor at different colleges and universities.        
  
Mr. Stokes has received a multiplicity of awards and recognitions due to his stance for the rights of all people: 
                                 *** The Dr. Charles Hamilton Houston Award
                                 *** The A. Leon Higginbotham Award
                                 *** a United States Department of Justice Award
                                 *** a Congressional Senatorial Award
                                 *** an N.A.A.C.P. Award
                                 *** an N.E.A. Award
                                 *** an Award from The Community Teachers' Institute
JUST TO NAME A FEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                         
As if that's not enough, the greatest recognition to date would have to be Mr. Stokes' likeness in a figure that is now displayed among others in a civil rights monument on the Capitol grounds (at The Capitol Square Civil Rights Memorial) in Richmond, VA.  This unique statue was unveiled in July 2008.   Enter Here to view monument.
 
 
As previously stated, Stokes is the author of: STUDENTS ON STRIKE: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me with Dr. Lois Wolfe and Dr. Herman Viola.

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"In this moving memoir, John A. Stokes recounts his experiences growing up in the oppressive conditions of the Jim Crow South.  And for the first time ever, he reveals the workings of the student committee that planned and executed a strike for better conditions at Robert Russa Moton High School, a strike that made Stokes a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education and helped change life in the United States of America forever."                                     ~National Geographic            

       
     
                                                               
This book received a STARRED REVIEW
in the April 2008 issue of School Library Journal, pages 170-171:
"Stokes's inspiring story...will hold the interest of researchers and
readers, making this an important choice for all collections."  
                              
It has also been presented for a multiplicity of awards, nominations, and recognitions.  The American Library Association Social Studies Roundtable Task Force selected John Stokes as the "torch bearer for MLK and the civil rights movement" at their annual convention in 2008.
                                                                             
Students on Strike:  Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me
Published by National Geographic.                                     
Order Online at www.ngchildrensbooks.org
Order Direct:  Call toll-free  1-877-873-6846  or   fax  1-515-699-3738
 

           **This book is also available in student paper back addition at
    
        
As a result of this great book, J. A. Stokes has been featured in many newspapers and magazines including:  The College Board ReviewThe Washington Post, The Informant, The Farmville Herald, The Daily Herald, Suburban Life, The Gazette, The Chicago TribunePrince George County Library System Newsletter, as well as MBC News and the Glen Ellyn News.  He has also been featured in enumerable articles.  Mr. Stokes has most recently been a guest on CNN.COM and C-Span 2.  He has been featured on many radio and television stations in regards to his mission and journey including the Great Plains television network and The Tavis Smiley show. 
                 
**Click here for an Author Spotlight by Random House! 

These days, Mr. Stokes devotes most of his time to lecturing on the Supreme Court's landmark case:  Brown v. Board of Education. "It is his fervent hope that this book will encourage readers to take a stand for equality and justice for all people."  Mr. Stokes is now in the midst of lectures/tours in order to promote this historical and significant information to people throughout the country.  J. A. Stokes continues to expound upon the Civil Rights Era and the continued needs to keep up the fight for equality and justice for all people.  He stresses the fact that all people should become Social Engineers for change.  Throughout his career, Mr. Stokes has never forgotten whose shoulders he has stood on.  Hence, he has never forgotten his roots.

Mr. John A. Stokes has also been dubbed as one of the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History. Please click HERE to view the article.  

Students from Richmond, Virginia's Fox Elementary School were visited by Mr. Stokes. Read what they had to say after their great experience:

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                  One of the greatest moments of Mr. Stokes' travels:
                          
        16 May, 2014---Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Brown V. Board
                                 White House---Washington, D. C. 
          J. A. Stokes--Original Plaintiff with President Barack Obama.
          

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YALSA (Young Adult Library
Services  Association)  has
placed  Students on Strike
on its Non-Fiction Book list
of 2009's Best Books for
Young Adults.
    
                     
Mr. Stokes would love to visit
your area, lecture to a group
or  groups,  sign  books  and
involve persons with this rich
history.

Click here to e-mail Mr. Stokes!

You may also call:
(301) 306-5577 or (301) 938-0672

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                            Updates coming soon...
                                    
                                 
                            *** May, 2014
                              Topeka, Kansas
         Contact:  Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson
 
 
 
                                      


 

  

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