Once again it’s on!!! In OUR continued efforts to promote the positive things in the city of Trenton, NJ, I am proud to introduce a long-time friend of mines Reggie Walker!! AUTHOR, POET, PLAYWRIGHT, ETC.. A man of many talents and great role-model for all ages! Without further ado MEET REGGIE WALKER!
Mentor, Poet, Author, Playwright…These are some of the superlatives associated with you. Which one gives you the most satisfaction?
They all give me equal satisfaction as they all connect to a greater purpose, which is to encourage and educate people. I’m blessed to have multiple outlets to do that.
What motivates you? Where did you get your inspiration?
Everything motivates me. GOD motivates me, being black motivates me, my city motivates me, adversity motivates me, even rocks motivate me. I literally wrote a poem one day after walking out the door and seeing a bunch of black pebbles scattered in front of it.
Being a Trenton,NJ native comes along with a lot of negative connotations, what do you think needs to be done to change people’s perspective of Trentonians?
I think we need to see more individuals like you and myself showing people that Trenton does have more to offer than what people currently see. There are so many of us doing great and positive things, but honestly we don’t do enough to let people see that. Of course society isn’t going to show it, so we have to be willing to. I think we need more Trentonians who have beat the odds to come back and mentor those who are still here trying to do the same. We can’t overcome and then just leave, never feeling a need to come back and give back.
Describe your Play for those who have yet to see it.
The play is called 1960-Black and it’s a look at the Civil Rights Movement through each year of the 1960s highlighting significant events from that specific year that not only affected black people but people in general. Everyone knows about the March on Washington, but what about Bloody Sunday? Or what about Loving v Virginia which outlawed miscegenation laws/statues in 1967? Furthermore, the play looks at how these events affected the lives of ordinary citizens, people whom we would never hear or know about it.
What type of mentor program are you involved in?
Well I work as a counselor for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Montclair State. So in addition to my role as a counselor I also serve as a mentor to large number of students on my caseload and in my program overall. I coordinate a Male Leadership Academy at the university as well, which also allows me to serve as a mentor. Also, I serve as an advisor to four clubs and organizations on campus which has allowed me to mentor even more students. Outside of work, I’m also a mentor for the EOP program at Rider University and have served as a mentor for the cast members in my play to kids throughout the city who have been referred to me by others.
What’s new on the horizon for you? Where can the public go see your play and how can they get a copy of your book?
More writing and more mentoring. I’ve finished the second play and am currently working on a third. Trying to make this the most successfully year for the play yet, so that means more marketing and securing more venues for us to perform in. I’m also working on my third chapbook of poetry. I’m really excited about collaborating with other Trenton artists to kick off what we’re calling the Trenton Renaissance. Last, I’m preparing to go back to school to pursue my PhD. For a copy of my book one can visits twopensandlint.com. It should be back in print within the next month. For the play they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
I would like to thank Reggie for his time and you the viewers for logging in and checking out the site. Spread the word, there is plenty to be proud about in Trenton, NJ, and I will continue with my best efforts to promote positive images and positive people.
BELOW IS A PIC OF REGGIE AND I 15 YRS AGO IN CHEMISTRY CLASS DISCUSSING HOW WE WILL MAKE HISTORY!