Tale of the Tee
B.K. Fulton & Jonathan Blank
Tale of the Tee is about how truth and honest conversation allows ordinary people to become the change they seek. BK Fulton and Jonathan Blank did not know each other prior to June 14, 2020. Then, after a series of e-mails and acts of kindness, the two men, one African American and one Jewish, began a chain of e-mails and interactions that have resulted into an extraordinary friendship. This book captures the events that sparked a brotherhood. The two men now carry a memento, a golf tee, to symbolize their bond and the work they must continue to do to advance civil society. The Tale oftheTee teaches us that small acts can have lasting ripple effects.
“The Tale of the Tee is an example of the power of listening, learning and truly hearing one another in an effort to forge deeper understanding and lasting relationships across cultural, ethnic and racial identity. It is a story of two men connecting one email at a time. BK Fulton and Jonathan Blank let us into their private exchanges as they delve deeper to examine what happens when society finds greater comfort in false, indoctrinating narratives than the historical truths. This is a read that will leave you considering how a simple object has the power to transform.”
CHRISTY S. COLEMAN, Public Historian and one of The 31 People Who Are Changing the South (TIME Magazine)
About The Author
B.K. Fulton is founding chairman and CEO of Soulidifly Productions, LLC, a full feature film, stage and television investment and production company formed in 2017. With an unmatched output of four feature-length films produced in 2018, Soulidifly promotes a more inclusive narrative in major media. A charismatic intellectual and business savvy entrepreneur, B.K. is also an accomplished corporate executive and innovator with decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. He also is chairman of Ario, LLC, an augmented reality productivity software company that increases safety and efficiency in industrial and manufacturing environments with their award-winning and patent-pending Ario Platform. In 2016, B.K. led a team of developers that invented EZ Reader, the world’s first ophthalmologist approved digital reading glasses app.
About The Author
Co-Author- Jonathan Blank
Jonathan was born in Richmond, VA to Rhona and Irving Blank. Since 1995, Blank has practiced law with McGuireWoods from its Richmond, Baltimore and Charlottesville offices. His national commercial practice concentrates on energy law with a special interest in alternative energy. From 2018 to present, he has served as the international and national Chairman of the firm's Business and Securities Litigation Department. Blank’s pro bono practice has included co-leading America’s seminal human trafficking case, Virginia’s repeal of automatic suspension of licenses for failure to pay court costs and fines, and a number of Innocence Project cases. Blank worked for Governor L. Douglas Wilder’s speechwriters and policy directors team, was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to serve on Virginia’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, and was appointed by Governor Timothy Kaine to serve on Virginia’s Board of Corrections. Blank served as the Charlottesville Democratic Party Chairman from 2008 to 2010. He also was President of the Virginia’s Legal Aid Justice Center, where he continues to serve on its Board. Jonathan and his wife, Dr. Susan Blank, have two sets of twin daughters – Madeline and Alexandra, and Caroline and Isabel.