Dan "The Driver" McIver AKA Lieutenant Dan
Dan McIver, a native of Sanford, NC is the proud father of two sons and two daughters and grandfather of eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, he cultivated a spirit of entrepreneurship starting at the age of seven, he would go to the tobacco fields of North Carolina and primed tobacco until the tobacco monkey was too hard to carry. But he had a more difficult time picking cotton because cotton would bite you back when you reach for its neck. He also shined shoes on Sunday mornings before church at the local barber shop. By the age of nine he became a business man (as a paper boy) as a paper boy he increased his clientele from 110 costumers to 228 clients of which eight senior citizens never had money to pay him. By eleven years of age, He was employed as a bag boy, cashier, stock boy, butcher, and short order cook at a local white-owned grocery store. With this job, he was able to purchase his own bedroom set. This included a desk, a chair, a lamp and a vinyl floor covering to keep the cold air from coming into the room through the floor. The main reason he bought the complete bedroom set was to keep his sisters from peeing on him at night.He brought this concern to his grandmother who told him that if he bought his own bedroom set she'd buy his sisters a bunk bed to sleep in her room.
At the age of eighteen, when he informed Mr.Flemmings (his employers) that he was going to college, Mr.Flemmings said: " Mop, I don't think you smart enough to go to college, because my son is having a difficult time in college, and he is white..." I showed Mr.Flemmings the letter of acceptance from A&T college and out of the goodness of his heart, he got me another job at the US post office. Dan McIver was the first black mail clerk in the town of Sanford, NC for three months prior to going to college. Special note: while putting mail in the mail box He came eye to eye with an old white lady. Her eyes got as big as a dollar coin, with fear and disgust in her eyes. She ran from the mail box in the building hall way, howling at the top of her lungs "There is a nigger back there stealing my mail!", with her mail in her hand, she explained her dismay to the Post Master, who explained to her not to worry, and everything was okay.
Education is the key to happiness and equality. Racism is interwoven in our society for over four hundred fifty years. It breeds fire of madness and despair in the soul and heart of the host, and simultaneously gives a ghostly hope to overcome the ills of bigotry. Racism is alive and well in the hearts of all across this beautiful, prosperous, promising nation.
He served in the military for twenty years as an Infantry Officer retiring in 1992. His first assignment as a second Lieutenant officer in the United States Army was at the White House in Washington DC. His entire military career has been colorful and controversial. The military is the true melting pot of our society. Oh, the stories he can tell!
In 1988, McIver created Life Force, the Living Vision (LFLV) after seeing undisciplined youth in Columbia, S.C. As a result, McIver passed out over 3,000 flyers and application to the community and immediately, over 800 children participated in the recently formed organization.
Today, LFLV has been renamed and transformed into YELP-LV: Youth Entrepreneur Leadership Program - the Living Vision. YELP is now serving several states in the United States. YELP is the fisherman of character and is there when it matters most. YELP is bringing law and order back to the classroom.
DAN "THE DRIVER" MCIVER