Speaking & Teaching

Apr. 10, 2021

The History of America

The white Europeans snatched us from our African homeland put us in chains and sent us to a faraway land. Then those same white Europeans basically forced us to build this newfoundland while we are in those chains and they are raining down pain on us and economic gain for them. Then those white Europeans not satisfied paying the King’s bounty took control of this stolen newfoundland kept us blacks in chains and stole any hope of black rights gains. Freedom secured and slavery endured, guaranteed booty restored, a constitution established with fractions not any humane distractions. Finally a civil strife that cut this nation in two like a sharpened knife. They introduced 3 amendments to secure some equal rights but the paper that they were written on blighted at night when night riders provided terror at first dawn’s light. The Crow’s Jim and Jane crashed our dreams and stole each and every supposed thrice rights. Even had some black folks saying don't put up a damn fight.Wilmington,Rosewood, Elaine, East St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Greenwood, and even Washington DC saw rights torched as our black bodies were shorched. Birth of a Nation renewed the Rebirth of the Klan, all we could say then was goddamn that fucking white man. Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito made a mad trio but white southerners were surely not any black American heroes. We fought for the survival of democracy over there but over here, walking while black caused inner fear. The GI Bill lifted white soldiers up the ladder of success while black American soldiers were saddled with economic distress. So please don't complain, Mr. Blackman, because this nation cannot handle any civic unrest. Emmitt floating in the Tallahatchie, Rosa saying no more, and Martin telling all of black Montgomery it's time to settle the score. Birmingham was bombing, Malcolm was saying it's no longer time for any tom’ming. Sitting at a lunch counter was a right of black passage but Ella cried out it's more than any damn burger. Stokely shouted out black power and white folks came down from those ivory towers. LBJ sic’ed the FBI on King damn if they didn't synchronized his phones. Looking for any way to change the America equality tone. Huey called for armed resistance, off to jail went Huey, and more power for those whites named Dewey. Nixon’s boys had a deadly black plan, let’s flood the cities with drugs and pull out the blackman’s legal rug, fill the jails up and label all of them black thugs. Reagan took the same plan to buy his weapons for international destruction and Clinton with his sax in hand joined the Nixon and Reagan band. We’re not winning,  large numbers of us spend our Sunday's in church so we are certainly not sinning. So why is it always the white man who ends up grinning? Now this microscopic killer has a plan to fill the black bodies in untold graves.All we need to do they avoid this damn mess and all this untold stress is to stay in your homes. You know just don't roam. But it's hot inside and the electric company says no more free rides. So where in the hell is a black person supposed to hide? It seems that they have been after us for quite some time, 400 years plus it my damn mind. So don't let this virus limit your lifespan’s time because if you do that will truly be crime, dying without getting one damn dime.

Apr. 9, 2021

In His Words, My Voice
The Day They Buried A King

On Palm Sunday 50 years ago they buried Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Over 300,000 people paid homage to Dr. King in Atlanta, Georgia that day. On that​ day his mentor Dr. Benjamin Mays gave the final eulogy on the campus of his alma mater Morehouse University. I feel that the words eloquently spoke by Dr. Mays still ring true today. If one man could capsulize​ the power of the life of Martin Luther King it was Benjamin Mays. Dr. Mays and Dr. King had an agreement that when either breathed their last breath. The survivor would eulogize the other. Of course, Dr. Mays had anticipated that his younger protege Dr. King would be responsible for his eulogy. However, the assassin's bullet in Memphis changed that scenario. So I am honored this afternoon to present in his words, my voice Dr. Benjamin Mays, April 9, 1968, in Atlanta, Georgia, on the campus of Morehouse College.

"No! He was not ahead of his time. No man is ahead of his time. Every man is within his star, each in his time."

Project Uplift Literacy
Our Black History Need Never Be A Black Mystery

Apr. 8, 2021

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour

Apr. 8, 2021

Today, I celebrate the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on April 8, 1960. This band of black brothers and sisters courageously faced the hellhole of America's Southland with an energy and desire that was unbelievable. Although, these majestic young black folks may have have fear inside they never let that fear dissuade them from the goal of assisting the least of our communities in the South from gaining a sense of citizenship and pride. They faced up, manned up, and sent Jim and Jane Crow scurrying into the deepest, darkest recesses hiding from the electricity of hope these warriors exhibited. It was certainly bigger than a hamburger.

Apr. 7, 2021

"Why don't all these supposedly justice oriented corporations that are decrying injustice in Georgia's voting bill show the same degree of energy in decrying the lack of legislative support for a congressional measure that will provide a real step towards racial reconciliation and economic equity, reparations. Because, whether a black voter has water or food in a line to cast a ballot in Georgia, the lack of social and legal equity, or the massive gap in economic equality will still exist and will be still be quite pervasive after that ballot is cast. As Dr. King stated so strongly before his assassination, we been fighting for voting rights but truly our fight should've been forged in a victory for economic equality. Because what good is a vote is after the vote my economic situation hasn't changed, hasn't reversed, and the gap between those who have had forever widens against those who have had never."

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