Titles by: Skip Shockley
Skip Shockley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1947. After the death of his mother, Skip was brought to Dallas with his older brother and younger sister by his maternal grandmother. Skip suffers Sickle Cell Disease inherited from the motherland in Africa. His blood would change shape in the winter, forming a sickle shape that cut away at his organs blocking air supply to his body. Skip was determined to be like his peers; so he ran and played games until his limbs cried out in pain. He later turned to the streets of Dallas for comfort; as a shrew negotiator by controlling a small marijuana trade. His arrest for marijuana possession could have brought him twenty five years to life in prison according to Texas Law in the sixties and seventies, but fate and the loving prayers of his grandmother saved him. In the early seventies, he joined the Texas Branch of the Black Panther Party, rising to leadership. Skip graduated from El Centro College, and Texas Woman’s University. He is a Retired Nurse, Disease Intervention Specialist and Health Educator. He tested and treated inmates, drug abusers, people at risk for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and those suffering from Psychiatric disorders. Skip lectures at local high schools and universities on HIV/AIDS Prevention; and on the history of the Black Panther Party’s social programs.