The Texas City community lost a giant earlier this month. Dwuan D. Anderson earned his heavenly wings and will be missed by many. Dwuan left a plethora of legacies in his circle of family and friends because he was the type of individual who, once you met him, made sure you never forgot him.

This scholar and gentleman attended Texas City schools (class of 1987) and received his graduate degrees from Sam Houston State University.

He was a mentor to several youth in the community through little league coaching, leading one of the first African American Boy Scout troops, and other civic engagements such as helping me mentor young men in the A Few Good Men service fraternity.

He was a “tell it like it is” public speaker who inspired children on school campuses and in church youth groups and other organizations. His wisdom seemed limitless and divine. Even more admirable was his beaming trademark smile and the encouraging words he always had for you and any endeavor to which he knew you were connected.

However, what I liked most about Dwuan was how he led by example in the RBF movement. Many men, including myself, are a part of this unheralded movement. Nonetheless, it’s one that we’re extremely passionate about. RBF, which stands for Redefining Black Fatherhood, is a “movement” of which he was a proud member by default.

Black men in America have had more than our fair share of bearing the negative images and stereotypes of fathering children only to abandon them and not owning up to our paternal responsibilities.

Social and media images of the black father will show you dads incarcerated. However, Dwuan was a law-abiding citizen and a responsible father of two beautifully loved children, yet a father figure to so many more.

Social and media images will show you black students who don’t have paternal support in school. Yet, Dwuan not only raised the academic bar for his children, but he actively participated in all their school functions — volunteering and contributing whenever called upon. Dwuan rarely missed anything.

Social and media images will show you single-parent homes where the father is absent and abandons his responsibilities. But Dwuan stayed married to Deosha Anderson and kept his vows faithfully until God called him home.

I know many will say that doing those things isn’t really worthy of fanfare or glamorous accolades because there are so many other fathers who are doing those expected things. Well, I couldn’t agree with you more. Yet, those aren’t the dominant images you see of black fathers. This is why the RBF movement is one that’s progressively changing the look of black fatherhood in America.

It’s iron contagiously sharpening iron. There are so many others like Dwuan whose paternal participation in their respective families may go unnoticed. But when the job is so remarkable, affecting even those outside of his household, I felt it necessary to pay tribute to this real-life “giant” of our community: Dwuan Anderson… gone, but never forgotten.

Dedrick Johnson Sr. lives in Texas City.

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Charles Douglas

Great article about a great man. Mr. Dwuan Anderson gone to soon. I reacquainted myself with Mr. Anderson a little while ago at a grocery store and almost did not know who he was. I had not spoken to Mr. Anderson in many many years. The author of this article mentioned that Mr. Duane Anderson was a TCISD Grad of 1987, and I was flabbergasted to learn that he participated in so many organizations geared to helping, influencing, and mentoring young people, and most especially young African-American men to desire, and to become successful, law abiding citizens of their communities! The Day I passed him in that store was nothing special because I did not recognize him at all, until I heard a voice say, "Hello Coach!" See I use to be a Community Little League Football Coach too, like Mr. ANDERSON! The difference was I was his little league football Coach! It was back in 1980, and Mr. Anderson was about 12 years of age. I was a Mercenary Headhunter Coach promoted from a different team from within the same organization to turn around a team with vast potential from being a marginal team to being a bunch of HEADHUNTING REGULATORS! Mr. ANDERSON was a mainstay at outside linebacker who helped our team to transform into a winner! I left nothing to chance, because if I was going to ask the team to put in big, coaches were asked to put in big, I put in big, and dressed the part, down to coordinated team colors and white shoe! We tried to help out with any expense or need which our guys had. It makes me smile when I remember facing a team who had beaten our team for three years straight badly, and we had that team first on our schedule! The coaching staff ran a tight, demanding ship at my request because I knew the team's whole season and mindset depended on if they would be READY mentally and physically to handle the powerful, ALVIN PACKERS!!!!! Just before the game, I gave my best Vince Lambardi speech and I laid it on thick because they were ready!!! We pushed them hard from day one of training camp!!!! In the middle of that speech Mr. ANDERSON jumps up screaming with tears rolling down his cheek!! Saying, "LETS GOOOO, LETS GOOO!" I knew then who was going to win that game! The Twin City Rams Senior Team ..20-6... That's who! " After we distroyed each team we had a chant, "WHO DAT, WHO DAT WHO DAT TALKING BOUT BEATING DOS RAMS ..WHO DAT, WHO DAT?" We won the championship without a loss but lost in the Superbowl Division to end the season! Lastly, I am very thankful and impressed with the kind of man this gentleman, call Dwuan Anderson turned out to be and I thank God, I crossed his pathway in this life. If in some way I influenced him to be even a little bit successful, then...I'm greatful! I never saw Mr. ANDERSON again for years, until I heard that voice call out, "Hello Coach!" It made it all worth it to hear this kind of story about a very special young man.

Samuel Collins III

Dwuan was a great guy and is truly missed by his family and community. I would see him often with that million dollar smile. I remember running into him at Barnes & Noble. We were buying books trying to feed the minds of our children and other young people. Great guest column Mr. Johnson. Let us continue to keep his wife and children lifted up in prayer.

mattie james

Dwuan was a big smile and a big laugh at each encounter. Thanks Bro Johnson for drafting such a befitting article.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Great article about a great man! Thanks Dedrick. It was a blessing to have known him for over 25 years and experience his amazing smile, his love for the Christian church and great love for Texas City.

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