Black Leaders Today
On September 19, 2007, the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College named Michael J. Sorrell the 34th President of the institution. At 41, he is one of the youngest presidents of a four-year institution in the country. Under his leadership, the school has embarked upon an aggressive agenda that stresses academic excellence and a renewed commitment to student services. His vision is to create an institution that produces Quinnites who possess enlightened minds, passionate spirits and the capacity to lead in both their chosen communities and the global marketplace.
Among his accomplishments during his short tenure at the college are the following: revamping the admissions policy; establishing the Presidential Scholars Program; adopting a school-wide business casual dress code; and the creation of the Oberlin College/Paul Quinn College Mentoring Program.
Sorrell came to PQC from his post as the founder and Chief Problem Solver of Victor Credo, LLC where he represented athletes, coaches and other sports related organizations. Michael has spent the majority of his career advising athletes, coaches, Fortune 500 companies and public officials. His unique experiences include having served as the Director of Communications and Government Relations for Dallas 2012, Executive Director of the Global Games, and an assignment in the White House, under President , Bill Clinton, as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the President’s Initiative on Race.
He received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. He has played key roles in the campaigns of Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia. Currently Michael serves on the Texas/Oklahoma Finance Committee for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Sorrell has been named the “Educator of the Year” by the Dallas Black Police Officers Association
(2007), SouthFair CDC (2007), and the IMA of Greater Dallas (2008). He has also been honored by the NAACP (2007) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dallas (2008). He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s 2005 Torch for Community Leadership and the President’s Award from J.L. Turner for outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community. Additionally, the Dallas Business Journal named him one of Dallas’ Forty Under 40.
It’s My Opinion
It’s my opinion that constantly kicking and brow beating Presidential hopeful Sen. Barak Obama over decisions to leave his church or any statements made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and other pastors is ludicrous. It is fodder provided by the big media machine to cloud the issues and manipulate the selection of the next U.S. president.
Just remember, Rev. Wright is not a presidential candidate and his Chicago church is not the White House.
Voters must beware and not allow drive-by media lies to shape their opinions and attitudes over a few small soundbytes and the pontificating commentary falling from their mouths. Today’s mass media are snakes and seek to manipulate you with their daily dose of poison.
An unpopular war built on false pretenses, health care, taxes, unemployment and a stagnant economy are the real issues and we must demand the media focus on.
America is a country of free-thinkers and some with public platforms often have opinions and feelings that get them 15-minutes of fame. Rev. Wright, his church and others opinions have nothing to do with Barak Obama the man.
He should be measured based on his dream, message and vision for this country, not by lateral issues that will divide and do nothing to heal America.
Obama deserves a fair chance and to be heard without the biased background noises coming from Republican and media critics.
Give it a rest already... and That’s My Opinion
Black History Facts
An American black activist who gained an international reputation during her imprisonment and trial on conspiracy charges in 1970–1972.
The daughter of Alabama schoolteachers, Davis studied at home and abroad (1961–67) before becoming a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego, under the Marxist professor Herbert Marcuse. Her positions created great controversy in California’s intellectual and academic circles.
She championed the cause of black prisoners in the 1960s and 1970s.
Suspected of complicity, Davis was sought for arrest for her alleged involvement with an abortive escape and kidnapping attempt from the Hall of Justice in Marin County, California on August 7, 1970 where four persons were killed.
Davis became one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted criminals and was arrested in New York City in October 1970. She was acquitted of kidnapping, murder, and conspiracy charges.
She is currently Professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a founder of the anti-prison grassroots organization Critical Resistance.
She works tirelessly for racial and gender equality and for prison abolition, and is a popular public speaker, nationally and internationally.