Speaking & Teaching

May. 26, 2019

Sammy Younge Jr. wasn't killed on any foreign land defeating the international messengers of world destruction, hate, and oppression. He wasn't killed during either of the World Wars. Nor did Sammy Younge die in Korea or Vietnam fighting the supposed red communist scourge that was threatening democracy in the Far East. Sammy Younge Jr. didn't receive a Medal of Honor, Silver Star, or the Navy Cross for his sacrifice.

Sammy Younge Jr. was murdered in cold calculated blood in the soil of the land that was supposed to be the symbol of free democracy. What was the reason for Sammy Younge Jr.'s murder? He was murdered because he simply needed to use the restroom in a Tuskegee, Alabama gas station. That's right, Sammy Younge Jr. who sacrificed his kidney while in service to his country. He was murdered on January 3, 1966, because he attempted the unthinkable in a white racist society, trying to use a whites-only restroom.

So today's Memorial Day tribute is the story of Sammy Younge Jr. murder. I could've chosen a black military soldier but Sammy Younge was a soldier, a soldier for justice. He represents all the other slain black soldiers murdered in this nation on the soli of their birth simply attempting to gain the citizenship and social rights promised to them by the Constitution of the United States. Still, today soldiers are being murdered and deprived of liberty, freedom, and justice some 53 years since Sammy Younge Jr.'s ultimate sacrifice. Many of those names we know many of those names we don't. However, it is imperative that remember that soldiers performed heroic acts of courage on the battlefields of social and civil justice.

Those battlefields were named Greenwood, Selma, Chicago, Detriot, Houston, Washington, Harlem, Los Angeles, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Jackson, and many more towns nameless of the victims. Because these struggles were covered up by the injustice of white supremacy's acts of wanton violence.‚Äč

May. 25, 2019

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I am going to highlight a few of our honored past black military heroes. Many of our black military heroes were not treated as equals either on the battlefields or in the communities in which they lived. One such hero was Doris "Dorie" Miller, a black naval messman who was stationed as a cook on the battleship, West Virginia, in the early morning hours of December 6, 1941, when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii... Today, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud is reading an article, Doris Miller A Great Black Hero for my first entry this Memorial Day.

May. 24, 2019

It's funny I have been building my blog to this current level of productivity since 2016. I haven't once put a photo of a naked ass or huge tits on my blog. I've dedicated my blog to sharing black historical knowledge and provoked thoughts on today's issues. It has been hard work even though I experience pain every day I still feel its necessary to deliver a post to my followers. I feel that my blog building has delivered, so in that term, it is an exceptional feat.

I would like to expand my blog to include other voices if you are interested please contact me directly. This Memorial Day weekend, while you and your family are on your smartphones, smart pad, computer desktops, or computer laptops please visit my blog site. The one thing I would like to see more of is encouraging support from my black community. Simply click the LIKE button for either the blog or the blog post.

It is important that we, as a people recognize each other's hard work and perseverance. Because if we don't who will? I try my best to produce meaningful posts that deliver intellectual thought. It is also my intention to create something people in our community will be willing to read on a daily basis. As our media channels are closing off to us in many communities. The blogs become an avenue to share knowledge as well as channel others to create and share.

I truly believe that I will easily exceed 1000000 page views this year. So take a chance on my blog and I assure you it will be an interesting journey into the mind of a Blackman who has experienced much and is likely to experience more in this path we call life. Even though I am a historically black college educated black man with a degree. I now consider myself self-educated, just like Malcolm X was self-educated. Because the knowledge that I acquired outside of my college classrooms is far more comprehensive than the knowledge I acquired in those classrooms.

I believe that I now have a Ph.D. in outside knowledge it is directed by my professional endeavors which were broadened by being around many literacy professionals. In addition, I continued to read books in varying disciplines which provided me the ability to be able to discuss multiple topics. The topics that I feel very comfortable discussing are our black history and the pressing issue of black male illiteracy.
I can have an intelligent discussion with an educated man or the common man. So join me today, or any day on my blog, or on my special project, The Blackman's Read Aloud Hour.

May. 24, 2019

 

I just happened to watch this video about Parliament-Funkadelic and all I can say is damn. The name of the video is Tear The Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic. If I had only known what was going on behind the stage of this group of talented black musicians I think I would've not cheered as loud during their performances. I mean George Clinton took absolute advantage of these young people. Clinton used drugs to manipulate and control them, Clinton also forced impressionable young black women into sexual coercive acts. It was as if George Clinton became a pimp for his own sexual pleasures. As the musicians in the P-Funk Family matured they finally began to realize that many had already sold their souls to the devil that had embodied the mind of George Clinton. So much artistic talent, so much personal abuse, and the person who controlled the unit couldn't read music or even play the keyboard. Also, Sly Stone's role in the downfall of the group was revealed. Sly taught George Clinton how to freebase and the Lord knows once the crack pipe is exposed and the rock is all powerful, the destruction of everything nearby is a certainty. If you have the opportunity and you are a fan historically of the group Parliament, out of Plainfield, New Jersey, and Funkadelic originally from parts near as well as from Plainfield, New Jersey. You owe it to yourself to watch this informative program. It shows the destructive ability of how power, drugs, sex, and money can mangle even the most talented and artistic people. Wow, George Clinton you indeed was the Atomic Dog.



May. 23, 2019

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity's Shield

Our Shield magnifies our Greatness
Our Stars illuminates our Purpose
Our 12 Rays of Light defines our Story
Our Candle sears our Legacy
Our Centaur encapsulates our Strength
These Symbols draws and secures our Unity
Our Faith endures through struggle
Building Mountains takes collective shovels
So Dig Brothers and Keep on Digging!

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