Stroud Leadership Academy
Imagine a world where everyone had an equal place at the starting line
Biz & Tech Mentorship through “Coach & Do” Training for Underserved Communities
I’m Frank Shines, founder of the Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA) and the grandson of Tandy Stroud, a WWII Army veteran, publisher, real-estate developer and statistician.
It was not until the summer of my sophomore year at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs that I began to understand the pioneering achievements of Tandy and his ten siblinngs — first generation out of slavery. Their father, KD Stroud, was born and raised on a Texas slave plantation in Limestone County owned by the brothers Logan Stroud and Sampson Mandred Stroud.
MLK Day 2023
Black History Month 2023
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Tim Reid, working with Frank Shines and other Stroud family members, will produce a captivating documentary to record the history of heartbreaking struggles and trailblazing achievements of the Stroud family.
Memorialized in the Colorado Spring Pioneers Museum, the Stroud name will be forever linked with the Apollo Missions, the White House, the Olympics, the Sachs Foundation and the Colorado College Stroud Scholars for their pioneering accomplishments in the arts, academia, business, science, public service, and athletics.
RACE the Opera:
An Olympic Quest
True-life story of Dolphus Stroud, a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar-Athlete and his quest for the 1928 Olympics eight years before Jesse Owens.
Denied funding and travel due to his race, Dolphus decided to walk, run and hitchhike 2,000 miles from Colorado Springs to Cambridge to compete at Harvard Stadium in the 5K track and field event.
IBOC’s RACE the Opera takes you on an emotional, yet uplifting cross-country journey that reminds us of the power of the human spirit.
Academy & Scholarships
The Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA) is proud to have been featured in Forbes Magazine, which helped us to reach over 4,000 people in underserved communities of the US, Brazil, Africa and the Middle in the second half of 2022.
SLA develops leaders of character with critical thinking, problem-solving and digital literacy skills, a passion for lifelong learning and an understanding of the psychology of human and social change.
The Colorado College Stroud Scholars, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Six Sigma Management Institute, the Sachs Foundation and GUETTO Institute, are friends of the family and key SLA partners.
That is the vision of the upcoming Tim Reid documentary, K.D. & Lulu: An American Journey from the Slave House to the White House.
Before Jesse Owens shocked Adolph Hitler and the Nazis at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Kelley Dolphus Stroud was accepted into Harvard University and qualified for the 1928 Olympic Trials at Harvard Stadium. And his younger brother Jack Stroud developed the mathematical formula responsible for returning the Apollo astronauts safely to earth from the moon.
RACE the Opera is a production of the International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC) in partnership with the Stroud family.
“RACE” CHRONICLES THE JOURNEY OF DOLPHUS STROUD BLAZING A PATH FOR BLACK ATHLETES AND SCHOLARS FROM COLORADO SPRINGS TO BOSTON.
RACE the Opera s the brainchild of Frank (Stroud) Shines, Joao MacDowell and Athena Azevedo in collaboration with the daughters of Kelley Dolphus Stroud, Connie (Stroud) Loury and Juanita (Stroud) Martin.
Forever the optimist, Dolphus encouraged his daughters and all Stroud progeny to “Use obstacles as stepping stones.”
Inspired by the life stories of Dolphus Stroud, his Aunt Jenny of the Creek Nation and his siblings Effie Stroud and Tandy Stroud, RACE follows the 2,000-mile cross-country journey to compete in the 1928 Olympic Trials, eight years before Jesse Owens‘ historic Berlin Olympic performance.