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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITI JNO Sunday May From 1A with my mom and place a hurdle here at the edge of the Mannie said showing how hed hit the board and then claw for the sky Id just practice jumping over it I was completely dedicated to track to the long jump really I was possessed by the long jump I was 5foot6 and I high jumped 62 in a meet in San Marcos Ill never forget Hell never forget what his coach said to him either Mannie said Coach Dee White devoted count less hours to his athletes and was an inspiration I owe a lot of my ability and a lot of who I am to Coach he said White affectionately called his star long jumper Frog Coach said You got one hell of a spring in your legs boy those were his exact The words were said lovingly and in praise of and respect for a great ath letic ability in a dedicated deter mined and relatively small young man of only 127 Ibs But it probably wasnt the only time Mannie heard the word growing up in New Braunfels His family moved here in the late 1950s from San Marcos and Mannie was enrolled in the black school New Braunfels Independent School Districts segregated school for black kids was named for Booker T Washington and was near the county fairground Then he moved on to the inte grated junior high school near Academy and Mill Street Going to junior high school was a rough time for Mannie said It was the early part of the 1960s and President Kennedy said all schools would be integrated New Braunfels did but a lot of towns around here didnt want to so they didnt I went through some very hard times There would be cases where all the white kids would be put in alphabetical order for some thing or another then thered be an empty seat before the first black student They really did Mannie shook his head at the recollection In the last days of seg regation and the first days of inte gration it wasnt always easy being a black kid in New Braunfels Mannie was hurt frustrated and sometimes angry Then two incidents changed his feelings about NB1SD the city and the folks in it Word spread among other area towns that in New Braunfels the blacks played with the whites One of the incidents happened on the way home from a football game The team bus stopped at a restaurant a common custom among sports teams everywhere to get a bite to eat and wind down after the game The proprietor told the coach to leave his black students on the bus Coach stood up for us and said If we cant all eat we arent going to Mannie recalled They didnt eat they drove home Another time the expression of racism was far worse It was offi cially sanctioned We got a telegram a telephone call Im not sure from a town that said they would play us but leave your blacks at The coach the student council the teachers and the board of trustees said If you cant play us with all our athletes well stay And they did Those were two things that really stood Mannie said They turned my feelings around toward the school the district and the people It was a very proud and important moment for While signs of racial prejudice were evident in the community the barriers were dropping among the communitys children when New Braunfels High School was built in 1963 When we got to high school we all became closer we became friends The prejudices were still there but not as strong as when we were Mannie said It didnt Mannie was forced to give up He took a tour in the Navy and met his wife up North The Mannies came back to New Braunfels where he was hired as a teachers aide at Lone Star School The job had absolutely everything Mannie ever wanted but not everything he needed He worked there about five years and had to leave after the birth of his first daughter A higherpaying job was the only way he could support his young family Mannie has worked for the com pany that became Cemex USA for 20 years now He likes it its a great place a great bunch of But it isnt teaching and there are no kids Chequita works for NBISD and Comal Independent School District Shes a Mannie said But he can understand why I loved the school and I miss it so much I really miss working with the Mannie wishes he could coach track hed like nothing more than to train the athlete who breaks Photo submitted Albert Mannie happily makes a high jump during his high school years His mother Myrtle saved this photo in a twoinchthick scrapbook she kept for her son In his scrapbook are the requisite sports action photos but meres something else Interspersed are photos of happy cavorting team mates and students of both sexes black white and Hispanic Comal County Judge Danny Scheel is among the white kids in more than one of Mannies clip pings He says hell never forget Albert Mannie Albert was a very fun and crazy kind of Scheel said Our football team was very closeknit I stop often and think of all the guys in the old days in high school and all the fun we Racial prejudice was around but it wasnt a part of his life or the life he shared with his friends Scheel said I dont think New Braunfels was exposed to racism like other communities Scheel said Mannie recalls differently because he was on the receiving end in some cases The way I was Scheel said Ive never been prejudiced Since those days and to this day many of my best friends have been black and Hispanic For us Albert was no different than any of us RON Albert Mannie and his other mom Janelle Berger reminisce Saturday in Bergers dining room except he was funnier could run faster and jump higher I dont think I ever could have outrun Albert even on my very best Insurance agent Alan Schriewer played football and ran track with Mannie Albert was a little younger than we were so we kind of made him pay his dues in Schriewer said noting that seniors enjoyed a lofty perch in the peck ing order when compared to underclassmen It was different in track Because of hisabilities he kind of put us in our place in the peck ing order in track It was a good time when we seniors and the ways they were recognized and would be by their peers Mannie the recentlycrowned state champ for Americas largest state was chosen most I was a little choked Mannie said of seeing the paper In order for that to happen I had to have been a wellrounded liked and lovable person The other kids cared about me It was among the proud moments of my Next came college Mannies mother worked for Dr Charles and Mrs Janelle Berger as a house keeper housesitter and babysitter The Bergers made sure Mannie got to college Dr Berger drove him to Temple to see that he got enrolled in the junior college there There was no white or black with the Mannie said They were my family theyre still my always be my family as far as Im concerned We were a black family and a white family but were all one family Theyve never changed in all these years I guess you could say Janelle Berger is my other It brings tears to my eyes to hear Albert say Janelle Berger said His mother worked for us for maybe 25 years and was one of the best friends I ever had in my life Her three chil dren were like children to me and my children were children to her one family with six children Albert probably was the most outstanding all around athlete I have ever known We followed his career and he really had an outstanding career Not only that he was so very nice Hes continued to be that way throughout his entire life and he has a wonderful With the help of a job in a convenience store the Bergers a half scholarship for track and the Myrtle Mannie managed to send her son each week Albert eked his way at Temple Junior College Times were hard for my fami Mannie said Mom had my two sisters at Always there was sports and the honofs just kept coming He broke his high school long jump mark by two inches a jump of 24 6 After so many years of trying and trying I finally broke out I was glad because I beat Bill Elliott from the University of Texas He was UTs best long jumper back then Mannie said Mannie moved to Southwest Texas State University again on a his record Lacking that hed like to be there to shake that athletes hand afterwards he said Kids are taller now and faster than we used to be I think some one will beat it soon I would love to work with the kids Theyve got a lot of potential they need somebody to take the time Coach White took with he said Mannies daughter Cherita an NBHS multisport althlete who hopes to find a place in the Womens National Basketball Association likes to tell her father that shell be the one who breaks his record She could do it too shes so long and lanky She got that from her mothers he said My daughters are wonderful I couldnt possibly ask any more of them Ive been blessed with a beautiful family I would have liked to have had a son but God didnt see it that So Cherita is his tomboy I treat her just like a boy I want her to be a girl but I want be rugged to play like a he said But that isnt all he tries to teach his children Ive tried to teach them to lose as gracefully as they win and instill in them the values that my mother gave me Youve got to make your grades and get your I say Your basketball will end Your education will stay with you and nobody can ever take it away from you Respect your self love yourself and youll have the love and respect of your Give it everything youve got and do it or die Albert Mannie has always given everything hes got to his studies track and field and especially to the people who have graced his life But 34 years later like Scheel and Schriewer he cant forget his school friends the times they had and what its all meant for him I guess the thing Im probably most proud of is being the first black state champion in the history of the he said Nobody will ever take that away from me but someone will come along and break my VIRGINIA SLIMS 1201 Viceroy Winston camel Salem We carry a large selection of Cigars Copenhagen Eevigarrett Redman We Accept All Manufacturers Coupons All prices for a 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