James B. Earley has published two poetry volumes "A Vision of Home" (1989), and "A Sultry Summer's
A Sultry Summerís EveningÖ..And Other Short Stories --- JAMES B. EARLEY
"Welcome to all who join this poetic excursion into that realm of joys and sorrows, as I have known them. Sharing a range of experiences; from casual observations of nature, love of family and friends, to a view of a societal racism so morally bankrupt where even the Church is a willing participant.
A racism whose arrogance awakened the consciousness of a then 19 year old Negro Marine Corps Reservist, who during the Korean Conflict, being ordered to active duty at the U S Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon on early morning arrival at Beaufort, this hungry young man dressed in full military regalia entered the nearest restaurant in search of a mere breakfast meal. Immediately the innkeeper admonished, 'We donít serve Colored People here.'
I found it disturbing that a society so incongruously hypocritical could have the audacity to demand and insist that I defend to my death to assure that societyís longevity. Yet, on that very day deny me the simple courtesy of common access to a restaurant solely because of the color of my skin.
It rankled me at the time, and rankles me now even more. For, through the ensuing years, tens of thousands military persons of color have given the ultimate sacrificial gift, their lives, to an ungrateful Nation. The harsh reality remains, that nothing has changed." (A Sultry Summer's Evening)
After 21 years in the employ of the Robert Mondavi Winery, Earley retired September 30, 2006 from his only assignment, personal chauffeur to its Chairman, Robert Mondavi.