Tampa lost a valuable asset recently with the passing of Ike Tribble.
The 62-year-old black educator and community leader was unique. An intellectual, civil rights activist, role model and nice guy who moved between the white and black communities with equal credibility, good humor and influence. He could personally bridge the powerful and the barely franchised. He fought the good fight — on all the important fronts — to the very end.
Ike Tribble always stood his ground on principle — and always stood with dappered dignity.
He had an African proverb for all occasions — save one. He didn’t play the victim card — only the achievement card.
Ike Tribble will be missed.