The Content of Their Character

(Hilliard & Harris, 2004)


Baltimore's 1999 mayoral election wasn’t a political race, it was a demolition derby.

Twenty-four candidates, seventeen Democrats and seven Republicans, filed in the first mayoral election without an incumbent in 28 years.

Six candidates entered the race with arrest records. One was thrown in jail two weeks prior on an outstanding burglary charge. A second was wanted by police on a theft charge while another filed to run for the city’s top job after two gun violations, an assault conviction, drug charges and a drunken driving conviction.

The frontrunner was being sued to have his condominium and car repossessed for failure to pay his bills while the second leading contender was forced to admit lying on his resume about a college degree he never earned.

But the race didn’t get incendiary until a white city councilman jumped into the fray in a city that is 65 percent black. Resigning Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was the first black mayor in the city’s history and many wanted the office to remain in African-American control.

“Whites have held the mayor’s seat for 189 years,” said black state Sen. Nathanial McFadden. “We’re not willing to give it up after just thirteen.”

As with all elections, after twelve months of campaigning, one candidate would remain standing.


(Hilliard & Harris, 2004)


A down and out teenager in Philadelphia's white ghetto finds solace in a neighborhood soccer team in the anchor story of this novella of three short works of fiction.

In “Uncivil Right,” a Florida civil rights history professor travels into the rural county of his ancestors to avenge the death of his father at the hands of a racist sheriff. College senior Eddie Fields must expose the star basketball player in the rape of his friend who committed suicide as the school administration and a Vietnam war hero try to thwart him in “Honor Code.

Phutile to Phinally: 10,000 Losses and One Life as a Phillies Fan

(Hilliard and Harris, 2009)


I didn't choose to be a Phillies fan. Like most Philadelphians, I was born into it. My dad was an avid Phillies fan for as long as he could remember. Starting in the 1930s, dad seemed to follow every Phillies game, pitch by pitch. And after he returned from World War II and married mom, he even taught her how to keep the score of games when he had to work nights. He would take the Route 22 bus, which rolled along Lehigh Avenue to 22nd Street and our city's monolith to baseball, Connie Mack Stadium, originally called Shibe Park. And when I was old enough, a little taller than the knees on dad's 6-feet-3 frame, he would take me with him. Most trips ended in futility, a Phillies loss. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost more games-over 10,000-than any other team in American sports history.