Speaking & Teaching

Dec. 11, 2018

The Thirteen Brave Black Souls

Sgt. William Nesbitt
Corp. Larsen J. Brown
Corp. James Wheatley
Corp. Jesse Moore
Corp. Charles Baltimore
Pvt. William Brackenridge
Pvt. Thomas C. Hawkins
Pvt. Carlos Snodgrass
Pvt. Ira B. Davis
Pvt. James Divine
Pvt. Frank Johnson
Pvt. Rosley W. Young
Pvt. Pat MacWharter

13 black soldiers who were hanged on December 11, 1917,​ without the ​benefit of an appeal after being convicted of participating in the Riot of Houston, Texas that occurred on August 23, 1917. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud reads accounts of the riot as well as the unjust hanging of these thirteen brave black souls who showed no fear when certain death awaited them in a nation that had no respect for their rights as soldiers or citizens.

Dec. 10, 2018

When we are born into the world we know little of what the world will provide you. As you age you hope that the dreams you imagined will come true. Many of those dreams are trampled on but if you can keep some element of personal focus you may achieve some measure of success. Yet no matter what level of achievement you reach when you leave this world as you came in knowing little of what the life after will provide you. Today, I was thinking back to a song that gave me a sense of purpose and direction when I was dreaming of how my life would turn up day by day, month by month by month, year by year, and finally decade by decade. As I move into my 65th year I wonder how the houses I've built have stood through the trials and tribulations of life? The loves I gained, the loves I lost, the loves I've missed, and how will I be remembered as I get closer to my hopeful "good, good, box of wood" is built not for my spirit but only my decaying body. Because I do dream that my spirit is everlasting, never-ending and always evolving continuing to build those houses that I believe will make this world a better place for floating spirits everywhere.

Dec. 10, 2018

It is hard to believe that 51 years ago the greatest soul singer to ever was killed in an airplane crash in Wisconsin. Otis Redding was just coming into his prime in late 1967. The power in his voice was unmistakably unique. The songs Otis sang were soulful, dynamic, and full of life. Otis Redding appeal crossed the color line as well as international waters. I mean the list of some of the songs Otis Redding performed and was responsible for was so, so, powerful.

1. Respect
2. Try A Little Tenderness
3. These Arms Of Mine
4. Mr. Pitiful
5. I Can't You Loose
6. I've Been Loving You Too Long
7. I've Got Dreams To Remember
8. Papa Got A Brand New Bag
9. Knock On Wood
10. Satisfaction
11. That's How Strong My Love Is
12. Chained and Bound
13. Tramp
14. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa
15. Amen
16. Shake
17. A Lover's Question
18. Glory Of Love
19. Pain In My Heart

And of course, the song that Otis Redding sang just before he was killed that became his signature song because it was released after he died, Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. It was the #1 song on Billboard Magazine in March 1968. I remember my father's younger brother and his wife had I believe every Otis Redding 45 record it seemed. They would listen to them in the summer when family and friends would come over. It opened my eyes to how talented Otis Redding was. To me personally, no singer to date in my lifetime has ever matched the greatness of Otis Redding. He left us at such an early age he was just 28 years. Clearly, Otis Redding was just beginning to tap the remarkable talents he possessed. Otis could arrange, write, and sing equally well. There is no telling just how great a career laid ahead of Otis Redding had not that plane crashed 51 years ago today. That is why The Black Blogger is celebrating the greatness of Otis Redding today. Otis Redding's performance at the 1967 Monterrey Festival opened Otis Redding to the totality of America's youth. Otis Redding was about to bust open. Otis Redding had already taken Europe by storm the crossover appeal for Otis Redding was about to create an energy that would have been unstoppable.
Many of the younger brothers and sisters today were welcomed to the remarkable voice of Otis Redding in the song by Kanye West and Jay Z, Otis. Otis Redding was a legend in his time and remains a legend in our time.

Dec. 9, 2018

December 10, 1950,​ and December 10, 1964, The Nobel Peace Prize was​ presented to Ralph Bunche and Martin Luther King Jr. Today the Blackman Who Reads Aloud reads the acceptance speeches of Dr. Ralph Bunche and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is an honor to celebrate these magnificent days in black history with my followers.

Dec. 7, 2018

In WW 1 & 2 Black Americans were considered for the only the most menial of duties in the armed forces. In the US Navy, our black ancestors were regulated to mess or kitchen duty. The couldn't wear the sailor's anchors on their uniforms. The US Navy was the last of America's Armed Forces to integrate the sailors.
Black men were considered incapable of being effective soldiers, as a matter of fact, many whites considered black enlisted were considered inferior mentally and cowardly in the face of battle.

Well on December 7, 1941, Doris "Dorie" Miller proved those white bigoted officers, soldiers, and sailors wrong. Spend a few moments reliving that day when Messman Doris "Dorie" Miller proved that in the face of battle a black man could step up and serve a nation that had no respect for his color or courage. The courageous effort Doris "Dorie" Miller provided in saving his shipmates and commanding officer from harm was deserving of the highest of military honors. Doris "Dorie" Miller wasn't trained in any military armaments, yet he took command of one of the ship's guns and showed unbelievable courage. Doris "Dorie" Miller also took down a few of the Japanese enemy planes that morning during Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Whoever may have discounted the courage of black men and women serving our nation were proven wrong that Sunday morning. Doris "Dorie" Miller had to return to the lower decks and mess duty even after he proved his measure as a leader of men. There were​​ no officer's bars given to Dorie Miller, he did receive the Navy Cross for the courage he exhibited on December 7, 1942. Doris "Dorie" Miller died in the South Pacific on November 24, 1943, when the ship he was stationed on the Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin Island. There was no great celebrations honor this black hero, just a memorial service in Waco, Texas on April 30, 1944.

Can someone tell me why after 77 years Doris "Dorie" Miller hasn't received the Congressional Medal of Honor?