Joe Scott stood as example to many

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Former Richmond County Board of Education member Joe Scott is deserving of many accolades.

He was a good Christian who believed in the Golden Rule. He was a great family man who was an excellent husband, father and grandfather. He was a great friend who could be counted on through thick and thin. He was a great educator who recognized that unconventional means were sometimes necessary to create a thirst for knowledge among children who had sometimes been neglected or deprived.

Joe Scott was a man's man. And while he was short in stature, he was a giant when it came to courage and determination. Joe also was a warrior who reminded me of another great black hero, the Rev. Vernon Johns, who preceded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. It was Johns who said, "If you see a good fight, get in it." Joe didn't look for fights, but if he saw one where a victim needed help, he was quick to join in.

Last, but not least, Joe reminded me of Booker T. Washington. In 1894 when Washington made his Atlanta Compromise Speech, the most important thing that he said became the personification of Joe Scott: "(W)e should not allow our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.

Reggie Williams

Atlanta

(The writer is a former general manager of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.)

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/30/09 - 02:20 am
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Well-stated, Mr. Williams.

Well-stated, Mr. Williams.

granma35@yahoo.com
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granma35@yahoo.com 07/30/09 - 06:27 am
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My greatest memory of Mr.

My greatest memory of Mr. Scott is when he came to LCL as the asst. principal in the 80"s . Mr Scott was hard , but fair on all of us. Crazy Joe feel out of a tree making sure the students was doing what we were suppose to be doing. I gave Mr. Scott a hard time sometimes. Now I realize how right he was from the beginning. RIP Mr. Scott you were a great man.

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dashiel 07/30/09 - 09:13 am
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Sounds like you have a good

Sounds like you have a good story there, granma35 (Crazy Joe fell out of a tree...). Could you please tell us more? Was he up there doing playground surveillance and fell out of the tree? Funny memories are the warmest.

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ETROOP 07/30/09 - 09:18 pm
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Funny people here seem to

Funny people here seem to know of a different person I know of a person who knew autistic children were being beaten and treated with vicious cruelty and he chose to DO NOTHING but protect RCBOE precious image. Maybe now he at least will have to answer to a higher authority for refusing to protect Gods most precious creation - innocent children.

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