I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia by loving and hardworking parents. We gew up poor, but we grew up happy. Things weren't always easy, but my mom and dad knew that if they kept their faith in God, faith in themselves and their faith in the greatest country in the world, they, too, could achieve their American Dream.
That dream, we discovered, was for my parents to own their own home and watch their two sons graduate from college. Those dreams required that my father work three jobs to support our family.
The first dream was realized in a brick home on Albert Street. I can still recall the excitement of the day, as he surprised us—even my mother—when he drove us to our new home.
Their second dream was realized when I proudly accepted my degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967 and my brother graduated from Morris Brown College. Both of my father’s American Dreams were achieved. Now, I set off to achieve mine.
Radio Host Herman Cain
One year after graduating, I married the love of my life, Gloria. And together, we started our journey to achieve our Dreams. This meant relocating to Indiana where I would begin my Master’s degree program at Purdue University, while working full-time as a mathematician at the Department of the Navy.
What are Cain's views on the issues? The businessman has produced a brochure titled "Common Sense Solutions" which outline his positions on a number of issues. The brochure suggests that Cain is a small government, conservative Republican. Several publications refer to the African-American Cain as a favorite of the tea party crowd, which seems contrary to the left's bogus attempt to paint the tea partiers as a bunch of white racists sans only the white robes and burning cross.
I could have been content with my executive role with one of America’s biggest corporations. Instead, after consulting with my wife, we decided to take one of the biggest risks of our marriage: picking up our young family, relocating yet again and accepting the call to become CEO and President of Godfather’s Pizza, a company teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
In 14 months, we turned the company around and returned it to profitability, and I ultimately led my management team to a buyout of Godfather’s Pizza. The company never went bankrupt, and today, there are still hundreds of locations across the U.S.
Politics is the only job where you tout your inexperience as a qualification for the position. But political experience can be critical to the success of an elected official. Indianapolis knows all too well the dangers of electing a political novice to the mayor's office. To this day, Greg Ballard seems completely oblivous to the fact he's surrounded by sharks who are simply using his position of power to enrich themslves and their friends.