“Do you know what it’s like not to exist?”
Breaking In: The Author of a New Era
By Wayne D. Casey
Foreword by Bernie Casey, Afterword by Doug Tench
Paperback: $14.95, ISBN 13: 9781492767664, 198 Pages
In this powerful coming of age story, Wayne D. Casey reminds us of the realities of Jim Crow rule and the tenacity of the youth who took those first brave steps towards bringing segregation to an end. Wayne Casey is a survivor who has traveled from the poor coalmine community of Stotesbury to the highest echelons of corporate America. His story is proof that the American Dream is attainable. But his successes all came at a cost. The price was courage to leap into the unknown. Breaking In is a siren call to other would-be leapers to dare to dream bigger.
Stotesbury is such a small place that even people who live in West Virginia ask “Where is it?” Stotesbury lies 70 miles outside of Charleston in Raleigh County between the towns of Beckley and Mullins at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Growing up in this small, rural, segregated community motivated Wayne to break through barriers, starting with his education.
Wayne along with his friends Ronald and Doug crossed the color line at Mark Twain High School to become the first African American players on the MT Authors team. As such Wayne was the first black quarterback in the county to play against an all-white team. Excelling in football, basketball, baseball, and track, Wayne was an all-around athlete whose perseverance and team-building spirit have continued to serve him well in life.
His professional experience rivals that of his youth. Wayne went on to become the first African American in the managers training program at Travelers Insurance Company in Charleston, West Virginia, and the highest ranking African-American corporate officer for Travelers in the Hartford, Connecticut headquarters. In Hartford, Wayne was elected to the Board of Education for ten years, serving two terms as Board president. He was then called to serve in Washington D.C. as Deputy Chief of Staff to the first Female African American Mayor of any major American City, Sharon Pratt Kelly. Following this appointment, Wayne went on to fulfill key roles in Atlanta government for over ten years.
In every stage of his life, Wayne has blazed a trail, providing a black perspective where none had existed before. As a dynamic radio personality and motivational speaker, he has spread his message to dream bigger. Now with Breaking In, he tells his story so that others can smash through their glass ceilings.