Bruce Blackie is a true maverick. Factory maintenance crewmember, rocket scientist, landscape worker, Bible salesman, church minister, demographer, journalist, photographer, publisher, advertising and public relations CEO, foundation CEO, and consultant to donor-advised-funds.
His education incudes:The Lawrenceville School, Caltech, Wheaton College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has attended writers’ workshops at New York University and Stanford University. He has participated in photography workshops at Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute and with Alan Ross, former assistant to Ansel Adams.
As a pastor in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the 1960s and a member of the Plainfield Human Rights Commission, he was involved in Plainfield’s racial struggles and the aftermath of the riot that spun off Newark. In college and in Plainfield, he saw the plight of African-American people and how they were treated. He was encouraged by the passage of the Civil Rights laws and the strengthening Civil Rights movement.
Unfortunately, as he says, “Progress toward equality for all slowed in the late 20th century and continues today. The election of Barak Obama to the presidency gave hope that racism was finally dying. But the resistance to President Obama and the congressional deadlock that blocked almost all legislation was a serious setback. My concern is that politics has upstaged the Constitution and seriously damaged our democracy. Behind the scenes, both political parties, beholden to their lobbyist funders, are not serving all the American people and fail to provide governance "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
“There are those who say don’t do anything, the pendulum will swing back. It might, but no pendulum swings back to its original position. Democracy is under attack. It’s time to do everything possible to defend it.”