Last night, at the 38th Annual NAACP awards, Isaiah Washington won the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Why is it in my blog? Because he got up to the podium and thanked my daughter Jasmyne.
I'm not impressed that a famous person thanked my daughter or that an actor thanked my daughter. I'm deeply impressed that people respect and care about Jasmyne so much that we get the occasional public display of affection we saw last night at the awards.
Back in 1989, I took a year away from teaching to spend working with my dad in his auto repair shop before leaving L.A. for Cal Berkeley. In that time I got to see how respected and revered he seemed to be by his colleagues in the business as well as his competitors. I've always been very proud of my dad and I certainly set that goal for myself to be respected in my own field the way he was in his.
So to see my first-born daughter come so far and to see the genuine affection and respect that people have for her in her chosen profession as well as to see how they care for her as a human being is everything this parent could hope for his child.
So, to me, it wasn't so much Isaiah Washington winning the award. It was really Jasmyne winning the most important award of all and I'm proud of her for that.
Keep it going, kid!