How does one put a tittle onto a book or an essay, paragraph or even a chapter, that is being written, about a person such as Barbara Cooper. The question has been asked: How did you meet Miss Cooper? Answer: One day, some number of years ago, I was in the middle of helping a group of children, at a local church, with the science of learning how to read.  The Pastor's Wife, was well aware that it was not the best thing to interrupt while class was going on, told Ms. Cooper that she would have to wait to meet the facilitator.  And she waited.  When the class came to an end and I am rushing to leave, she introduced herself as, TN. State Representative Barbara Cooper, and a retired school teacher. 

After introducing herself, she asked if I would be interested in tutoring her grandchild with reading.  In response to the inquiry, I informed her that it would cost to much  for me to work with her grandson, as an individual student, and also, I do not work well with politicians. Ms. Cooper looked at me square in the eye, and said, "I do not seem to work well with politicians myself". I informed her of a reading class that we had developed for young people on the Rhodes College Campus.  She enrolled her grandson and then after coming to class with him she volunteered to participate and teach a class for the children.  This is close to twenty years ago that Barbara and Captain John Cooper became members and partners in Mr. Black's Classroom. Other than myself, I have known of not one person that has done more than State Representative Barara Cooper to aid people that are relative to me, to learn how to think and educate themselves toward a better way of life.

Clifford Black

Facilitator/Mr. Black's Classroom

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Comment by Jay Anderson on February 19, 2014 at 7:55am

Right and I also was referring to the story itself, how things came to be, it's really interesting that both of you took chances to figure out something better for others.

Comment by Clifford Black on February 17, 2014 at 11:58am

I guess that you are talking about Miss Cooper, when you say amazing. If that is the case, then, I second that emotion.!

Mister Black!!

Comment by Jay Anderson on February 16, 2014 at 12:17pm


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