Speaking & Teaching

Sep. 21, 2020

Eulogy For The Young Victims 
of The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
September 18, 1963, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Three days after the bombing that murdered four little girls on that fateful Sunday, September 15, 1963, at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Dr. Martin Luther King stood at the pulpit speaking these passionate words not only to those at the church and the literally thousands who stood outside the church. Dr. King spoke directly to the nation about how these murders were not acceptable to in any way, shape, or form. Dr. King indicted the silence that seemingly accepted the violence perpetrated against innocent blacks simply seeking what was rightfully theirs to have, equality.

Today, 56 years from the time this eulogy was delivered the memories of those 4 martyred little girls still resonate in this nation. A nation still is split along the racial faultline of hatred and inequality. Please listen to The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project read Dr. Martin Luther King's memorable eulogy given on that Wednesday following this most heinous of racial crimes against humanity. We should never allow the life sacrifices of Addie, Denise, Cynthia, and Carole to ever be forgotten. It was their murders that motivating this nation to look deeply into the eyes of bigotry and hatred with the hopes of blinding those eyes eternally.​

[Delivered at funeral service for three of the children -
Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, and Cynthia Diane Wesley - killed in the bombing.
 A separate service was held for the fourth victim, Carole Robertson.]

Sep. 20, 2020

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Thank God He Didn't Sneeze
September 20, 1958
Blumstein's Department Store
Harlem, New York

On this day 62 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed by a deranged black woman Izola Ware Curry with an ivory-handled​ ​letter opener that rested almost on the edges of his aorta. It was said by the operating surgeon that had Dr. King merely sneezed he would've drowned in his own blood. Today, The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project reads about that fateful event that almost changed the path of this nation. A simple sneeze and Dr. King at 29-years of age wouldn't have been around to change this nation's path towards some semblance of equality. I also will spend a few moments reading the words Dr. King spoke on April 3, 1968,​ as he remembered that incident in the Harlem Department store.​

Sep. 19, 2020

So many people in this nation I’ve noticed today
have no understanding of the US CONSTITUTION as it relates to a PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION for replacing a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SEAT. The process is labeled as ADVISE AND CONSENT. It’s as if no one or very few listened during classes on the US Government.

Right now the REPUBLICAN PARTY controls both parts of that process. The current President Trump who ADVISES and the US SENATE which CONSENTS. This is entirely different than the 2016 situation involving Obama’s selection of Garland, in that case the process was split with a Democratic President controlling ADVISE and the Republican Senators controlling CONSENT. With Democratic Procedural Filibuster now being able to be halted with a SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE by the Republicans. Trump and McConnell hold all the “Trump Cards” on this stacked deck.

Expect a quick name to be sent by Trump to the Senate. The name may even be put before the Senate by Trump before Ginsburg is placed in the ground. Rest assured the Republican Party will not choose to lose out on this opportunity to effect the balance of the SUPREME COURT for at least a generation or more. If the Democratic Party was in the same position they would be doing the same thing. You see, the SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is a lifetime appointment.

I am hearing talk by democratic advocates of stacking the SUPREME COURT should Biden win. Well, that won’t happen because it has been tried before by FDR in 1937. Guess who would rule on that legislation if passed by Congress and signed by Biden? Right, TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. So, forget about that solution. You had better go the Constitution and read:

“While most of the Senate-related clauses of the Constitution are included in Article I, which creates the legislative branch of the federal government, it is Article II, section 2 that gives the Senate the exclusive right to provide advice and consent to the president on treaties and nominations.”

When Trump was elected who would’ve thought that a man of his diminished character and intellectual dimension would’ve been given the right to select 1/3 of seated Supreme Court Justices? The framers of the Constitution, yes, those framers that wrote African Americans were 3/5 human established advise and consent. Now, we must suck it up and face the consequence. That my friends is my thoughts on advise and consent this afternoon.