Monday, June 4, 2018

Positive Sparks Monday June Fourth – A National Treasure


To quote Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, the bright spirited blog where she created Sparks Mondays, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!” She is currently on a blogging hiatus. Please keep Annie and her loved ones in your prayers.

As a child I admired Sammy Davis, Jr. as a great comedian and singer. He always struck me as a super cool fellow with a heart of gold. We lost him to throat cancer back in 1990 but something made  me think of him yesterday.

Looking up a biography, I was horrified to learn what terrible racism he faced, especially in the military. The hatred mystifies me, and it never occurred to me the reality of his youth. Call it denial if you will, I never wish such treatment upon anyone and guess a part of me wanted to believe this man I admired was spared the cruelty.

I decided then and there to find a quote from him for today. As expected, there were a plethora ranging from comedic to regretful to nostalgic to poetic to uplifting. It took me two seconds to find and decided on this one:

Image Courtesy of Brainy Quotes

Did you ever see a Sammy Davis, Jr. performance?



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8 comments:

  1. That's just part of it. Here's a link to more of the hatred he endured: https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/473145/Secret-torment-of-Rat-Pack-legend-Sammy-Davis-Jr-New-book-delves-into-his-life

    Have a blessed day. ♥

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    1. I'm not sure I have the fortitude to read. As it is, a book about gay bashing has me queasy every time I pick it up. ~sigh~ Thank you for sharing, though. ~hugs~ Wish we could all just get along. Blessings, my dear.

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  2. Every performer from that era faced awful racism. If only we had totally put that sort of thing behind us.

    Great quote.

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  3. Excellent spark. It is sad how many people suffered from racism and still do.

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  4. You were an interesting child! I'll bet not many of your peers gave Sammy Davis Jr. any notice!

    Did you notice no more "next blog" button? I'd never have found you if it hadn't been for that button. I loved that button, I used it to just spend spare time. Apparently it wasn't used enough for Google to keep.

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  5. I really liked Sammy Davis Jr. also. But then again, I loved The Marx Brothers, George Burns and most of all Bob Hope. I am not a big fan on many comedians today, they think that everyone other word from their mouth should be MF or they just talk terrible all the time. Have not thought of Sammy Davis Jr in years, thanks for reminding me.

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  6. It's sad what some must go through, just because they are different in some way to the majority. I enjoyed listening to Sammy Davis Jr. when I was young especially.

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  7. It's horrible the racism, bigotry, intolerance etc. that people dish out. Sometimes, it makes me despair in humanity. But then I remember that there are lovely people out there trying to make the world better.

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