Speaking & Teaching

Oct. 16, 2019

24 years ago today nearly 2 million black men, women, and children met at the Washington Mall for the historic Million Man March. It was truly an epic show of black empowerment. The Million Man March was the brainchild of the Most Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. One thing that the March should’ve focused on was not leaving the Nation’s Capital without a plan for economic empowerment. Can you imagine just how much economic power just a simple donation of $10.00 a month for the past 24 years by each participant would’ve created? 12 months out from 10/16/1995 that Million Man Monetary Fund without incurring any addition interest would have been $240,000,000.00 dollars. With a interest accruing rate of 3.5% you could add an additional $10,000,000 to that annual MMMF which after 24 years, can you just imagine the incredible wealth of the fund and how that fund could have truly impacted the black communities across this nation. I didn’t attend the Million Man March in 1995 but I absolutely supported the goals of the Million Man March. I just wonder after all the speeches were done why this Million Man Monetary Fund was the primary goal of the day. You see, Martin Luther King’s final Platform was to establish some semblance of economic equality in this nation. We surely would’ve had a definite impact on numerous policies and developments with 24 years of contributions coming from the participants of the initial Million Man March. A speech cannot feed you, or shelter you, or cloth you. You need money to do that.

Oct. 16, 2019

160 Years Ago This Insurrection Occurred That Gripped This Nation Towards An Inevitable Split

On October 16, 1859, John Brown attempted to motivate an insurrection of enslaved African Americans by rallying a legion of his followers which included his sons and a band of escaped slaves to overtake the Federal Armory located in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Although, the attack on the armory would fail. The actions of John Brown would live long past this date in history. Because of this act of courageous militancy less than 18 months later, a breach in the nation would take effect a Civil War that would erase the stain of slavery. The attack on Harper's Ferry Federal Armory was to include both Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman but neither participated in this failed venture. Although both Tubman and Douglass supported this act of rebellion.

Today I present today in Frederick Douglass's words his feeling about the raid and how that raid affected the eventual election of Lincoln as President in 1860. The first reading is a letter to the editor in which Frederick Douglass rejects the notion that he failed to be involved in the raid because of cowardice. The second reading is how that raid denied William Seward the opportunity to win the Republican nomination in 1860 because he lost his moral principles by relenting to those southern slave-holding states in denouncing the actions of John Brown on the United States Senate floor.

If you need to know the source of both of these reading they come from the book edited by the noted Harvard History Scholar, Henry Louis Gates, The Portable Frederick Douglass. John Brown was hung on December 2, 1859, for treason against the United States in a failed attempt to promote a racial uprising by enslaved blacks. The failed raid on the War Department's Arsenal occurred on October 16, 1859. John Brown was tried and hung within 2 months.

Oct. 15, 2019

53 years ago on October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party for​ Self-Defense was founded in Oakland, California​. The primary intent of the co-founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale was to bring some measure of justice to people of color who were until then completely absent of any form of American justice.​ It was a movement that would sweep across the urban and rural black communities primarily attracting the young blacks who were simply tired of being considered chattels of oppression.

Even though the 1964 Civil Rights Bill and the 1965 Voting Rights Bill has passed by Congress and signed into law by Lyndon Johnson to provide some measure of constitutional protection to people of color. These two measures hardly provided comprehensive solutions necessary for the seismic change called for if white institutional power structures were hellbent on ignoring these measures. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense who were deemed heroes in many of our urban communities especially among the black urban youths. They however were deemed enemies of the state by federal, state, and municipal government law enforcement agencies. The war that was waged by our nation's law enforcement agencies against the leaders of the Black Panther Party was relentless, systematic, cold, calculated, and indeed in many instances terroristic.

So today to honor the of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and in memory of one of the co-founder's, Dr. Huey P. Newton, I will in my voice his words recite the 10 Founding Principles of The Black Panther Party For Self-Defense as well reading an essay named The Genius of Huey P. Newton. Today, I bring honor to the 53r​d birthday of "The Black Panther Party For Self-Defense" as well as honor two incredible black leaders, Bobby Seale, ​and Huey Newton.

Oct. 14, 2019

"In 1492, the Atlantic Ocean was quite blue that's before the Atlantic Ocean became a black man's bloody stew. Long before Columbus's lie of discovery grew, who knew? The natives of North America saw the ships that bore the ills and deadly body chills shortly after 1492. Exterminate, eliminate, eviscerate, annihilate alienate that was native Americans eventual fate because of the Europeans honoring this date in 1492. How long can this lie last when you understand that the bloody dye was cast in 1492? You can be assured that natives of red skin and brown surely don't have a blast you see millions of them died really fast after 1492. When the Atlantic Ocean was quite blue and before the middle passage became the black man's bloody stew. You see only a few can celebrate 1492 knowing the malignancy of a faked discovery of Christopher Columbus in the year 1492."

Oct. 14, 2019

"In 1492, the Atlantic Ocean was quite blue that's before the Atlantic Ocean became a black man's bloody stew. Long before Columbus's lie of discovery grew, who knew? The natives of North America saw the ships that bore the ills and deadly body chills shortly after 1492. Exterminate, eliminate, eviscerate, annihilate alienate that was native Americans eventual fate because of the Europeans honoring this date in 1492. How long can this lie last when you understand that the bloody dye was cast in 1492? You can be assured that natives of red skin and brown surely don't have a blast you see millions of them died really fast after 1492. When the Atlantic Ocean was quite blue and before the middle passage became the black man's bloody stew. You see only a few can celebrate 1492 knowing the malignancy of a faked discovery of Christopher Columbus in the year 1492." "

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