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This first person vignette has been highly-praised in Corporate and Prison settings, Universities, and Museums to include the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI, and Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Using the Arts in Education format, Lee Coffee tells the story of Sergeant Emanuel Stance; the first African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Indian War campaigns.  Sgt Stance was a complex 19th century frontier regular.  His ability to read and write, courage beyond measure, and other universal traits made him one of the first professional soldiers of African descent.
Watch as this highly decorated modern day soldier uncovers the trials and tribulations of Sgt Stance, a man who joined the 9th United States Cavalry in 1866, and served with the Regiment until his death on December 25, 1887.

Here are some comments from audience members:

"Shirley Norful of St. Louis writes, "very informative and necessary to educate us beyond our school system, very realistic and impressive!"  Over 1,200 visitors enjoyed your presentation."

- City Museum,St. Louis, Missouri

"Thank you for coming "To The Rescue" for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Your portrayal of Sergeant Emanuel Stance was a valuable source of inspiration."

- Vice President, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI

"Approximately 125 people came to your lecture.  After the Teacher Workshop several teachers told me how wonderful you were and that they really appreciated the things you shared. In the evaluation of the whole series of workshops yours rated as one of the best among the teachers."

- Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA  


"Your grasp and knowledge of the character and historic material of the era was exceptional.  Our USAA community gave you rave reviews."  One employee said, “It’s an experience that will be everlasting and I thank Mr. Coffee and USAA for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the event.”

- CEO, USAA, San Antonio, Texas

"I observed 150+ students at a time sitting quietly on the library floor, fully attentive to your presentation.  Also, I learned something new with each of the seven presentations.  Your depth of study and knowledge is incredible and shows a scholars diligence and intellect.  The teachers appreciated your historical knowledge and equally valued your messages of Leadership, decision making, thinking skills and doing the right things for the right reasons."

- Librarian, Bradley Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

"I highly recommend Lee and his work.  He is professional, flexible to work within our programming parameters, as well as an excellent presenter.  His knowledge of the subject matter, preparation and delivery is superior."

- Educational Specialist, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas

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