FORT WORTH, TX -- Former Texas State Representative Reby Cary knows history. The author taught the subject many years, before pursuing a political career.
The war veteran served in the Coast Guard; he was drafted in 1942. During his youth, Cary experienced racial discrimination.
Yet, those challenges never deterred him from attaining his goals. In fact, Cary was the first African American elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education.
On Saturday, Cary released his latest book, Trophy Lives: Historic Black Icons in Fort Worth.
"I taught history for years, and all they had in those books was about slaves, and three-fifths of a person, and nothing else," Cary said. "So, I started writing."
Cary is well published; each of his books focuses on the achievements and contributions of African Americans in Texas.
"Icons are those who had exceptional service for blacks in Fort Worth," Cary explained.
"They are leaders, that's why they're icons - they excel and exemplify for young people to follow. That's why we're out here at Dunbar High School, hoping that a lot of the youngsters will at least know about, come here and see the icons. So, they too, can have a model to emulate."