Power of the Tongue


The power of the HUMAN TONGUE is incalculable.  We can measure the effects of the TIDES and WINDS and weight the PLANETS; but no one has ever invented a method for calculating the influence of the tongue for good or evil.

The TONGUE is man’s most fearful WEAPON OF ATTACK.  It has the sting of an ADDER, the poison of the ASP.  Like that of the woodpecker, it is a boring instrument for SEARCHING OUT and LAYING BARE every decayed place in character and conduct.  You may guard against the blow by the hand or the weapon, ; but the TONGUE set’s in motion a mere PUFF OF AIR, more DANGEROUS than the THE THRUST OF A SWORD.

The WORD is uttered and the DEED IS DONE.  The POISONED arrow has been let fly and has reached the mark.  The TONGUE is at the same time, a marvelous WEAPON OF DEFENSE, a six-shooter, holding every enemy at bay, and really more to be feared than an ARMED REGIMENT (Zion’s Herald, 1893).


After revisiting this, one of my most favorite literary pieces, I immediately thought of the 2016 Race for the White House.  – Period, Case-Closed!

A Second Chance

A Second Chance

Terry Keller just wants his GED. He sits near the front of the same basic-education classroom at the California Institution for Men, where Donald Daniels spends his days. Keller—a wiry spark of a man, always quick with a hand when the teacher poses a question—is serving a three-year sentence for dealing cocaine.

“I chose as a grown man to sell dope,” he said during a recent class. “If I wait for someone to give me [something else] to do, I’m going to be here forever. I have to go within myself and say it’s time to start being a man. I take it upon myself.”

Inmates who participate in any kind of educational program behind bars are up to 43 percent less likely to return to prison.  More than 2.2 million people were locked up in American prisons and jails in 2013. That’s more than the state population of New Mexico.  (RAND, 2016)


In 2001, there were 1.4 million people incarcerated in the United States (Looman & Carl, 2015).  More than 2.2 million people were locked up in American prisons and jails in 2013 (Rand, 2016).  It was in the fall of 2013 when I first read this statistic from RAND.  My fellow cohort members and I in our doctoral program had begun the daunting task of determining our research interest for dissertation. After reading this startling statistic from RAND I was immediately ARRESTED (pun intended)!  What eventually became even more disturbing was the fact that Black males were disproportionately incarcerated (Goldberg & Linda, 2009).  Two to three weeks later, I found myself working in a Correctional Education program.  My dissertation is looking at the willingness, readiness, and or planning of correctional education programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that prepare the Black male for re-entry into society after release from jail or prison.  America, we have work to do! – Period, Case-Closed.








PVAMU Scholars, Lane, Irvin, and Hines: Published

March 9, 2016Peer-Review-Lane-Irvin-Hines

Congratulations to Tammy Lane, Derek Irvin, and Kenneth Hines for their publication in a top tier international peer-reviewed journal. Their article, which is a book review on Dr. Fred Bonner’s work Building on Resilience, Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline, is published in the International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity.

Lane is a doctoral candidate from the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and also a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Stated Lane, “It is with honor and gratitude that we were afforded the opportunity to review Dr. Bonner’s book, which was laden with esteemed scholars sharing their research and strategies on progressing the educational landscape for Black males. The book is noteworthy because resiliency among Black males is such a vital and important topic. Furthermore, publishing in a top tier journal is an extraordinary accomplishment for me as a Ph. D. student.”

While Lane has published and presented on financial aid in relation to persistence at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) as well as other issues in higher education, her dissertation focus is LGBQT equity in an HBCU context. Lane goes on to discuss the correlation and importance of scholarship and serving as an agent of change to address issues in higher education. Lane plans to continue contributing to the body of knowledge in education through relevant research and leadership.

Irvin, a doctoral candidate in the PVAMU Educational Leadership Program, is employed at Houston Community College, Correctional Education Program as a Program Manager. His dissertation is on the willingness, planning, and readiness of HBCUs in offering correctional education programming in preparing the African American male for reentry into society after release from jail or prison.

“The book Building on Resilience is a timely and necessary read for African American male and female educators. It was a refreshing shift from the long documented deficit narratives of AA males to useful educational frameworks that would increase or create more positive narratives about the educational accomplishments of the AA male,” Irvin explained.

Hines is a graduate student in Theology at Houston Baptist University and holds a Master of Science in Information Technology. Hines is employed at PVAMU in the College of Business as a System Analyst as well as an adjunct professor.

Hines remarked, “Reviewing the book was especially rewarding for me as a Black male educator. Having graduated with a double undergraduate major in computer science and mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana, an HBCU, I have a vested interest in increasing the success rate of young Black males majoring in STEM and the various authors in the book successfully address how to approach the task”.

The three scholars applaud Dr. Bonner and faculty in the doctoral program for their support in heighten their research skills, which they said demonstrates the excellence of PVAMU’s Educational Leadership Program.

PVAMU Scholars, Lane, Irvin, and Hines Published in a Top Tier Peer-Reviewed International Journal