Exploring Racism in America with Retired LAPD Vice & Pro Baseball Player, Tommy Cummins
This is a timely interview by host Mandala on The Trail Less Traveled with a man who’s a retired LAPD vice undercover officer, pro baseball player and best friend to the late Marvin Gaye. Tommy Cummins was born in 1944 and grew up in the south.
He was shot twice during the Civil Rights Movement and went on to work as a security guard for Ronald Reagan. Tommy has been through a lot in his life. In this interview he talks about his experiences with racism while playing pro baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in addition to the racism he experienced as an undercover officer with the LAPD.
Tommy’s son, Chase, also joins the conversation and speaks with his father about the racism he experiences daily. The matter is lightened up occasionally with a few stories including his love for restoring classic cars, and the time Tommy saved a young Michael Jackson from drowning in his swimming pool.
Tommy lives in Arizona, and manages to keep laughing and fighting for civil rights on a daily basis.
This show wraps up with the full length recording of the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.
Originally aired Sunday 6/7/20 on The Trail 103.3 in Missoula, Montana.
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