Speaking & Teaching

Dec. 2, 2020

December 2 In African American History
John Brown & James Baldwin

Two souls dedicated to the same objective emancipation and equality of rights for our African American ancestors. One used gunpowder and a sword to fight the sins of slavery in this nation that oppressed African Americans. The other used his pen and his voice to battle the sins of Jim Crow that oppressed African Americans. Neither man was or should be deemed a savior to the race of African Americans. But both men stand high on the throne of rebellious acts that at least slightly toppled the pervasive nature of racism in this country that was deemed by its founders as the home of free and land of brave expect if you were black. John Brown and James Baldwin died exactly 137 years ago on the second day of December. John Brown died with the rope of the government tied tightly around his neck in 1859. While James Baldwin died of natural causes away from the home of his birth because he decided that living in a land marked by racial hatred wasn’t a home he could no longer bare. Today, I remember both men on the dates of their home goings as two men righteously dedicated to the freedom of the African American people. One man was white and the other man was black. Both men were ostracized by this nation for different reasons. Brown for his dedicated efforts to end slavery and Baldwin for the color of his skin and his sexual identity. I remember both today and hope that neither’s acts dedicated to rebellious equality is ever forgotten.

Dec. 2, 2020

Starting on December 1, 2020, The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project will be featuring as its initial selection in December, one of James Loewen's book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of America's Racism. As I continue my journey of capturing the unmasked story of America's racist past and present, but hopefully not America's future related to the African American experience in this nation. This book was deemed powerful and important... an instant classic when it was initially published in 2005 and it was re-released in 2018. In the African American communities, our ancestors knew what dangers lurked in America's Sundown Towns if they were caught in that racist towns after sunset. What is surprising is that even in 2020 we have learned that Sundown Towns still exist even if the warning signs are no longer visible. The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project is my Facebook Live program that elevates the causes of both universal black literacy as well as expanding black historical knowledge on this social media outlet. So, please join me each evening as I delve into nonfiction books that detail the black experience. The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project was started in June 2016 so this 53rd month of continuous read alouds.

Nov. 30, 2020

The complete reading of REFLECTIONS by Rosa Parks on the 65th anniversary of the date that this remarkable woman of amazing grace, dignity, and strength made a conscious decision that moved the entire city of Montgomery Alabama black community to resist oppression and take action. That decision also helped ignite the modern civil rights movement. This book was published in 1995 and authored personally by Rosa Parks. Today, and every December 1 thereafter it will be posted on "The Blackman's Blog" as a tribute to Rosa Park's quiet courage.

CONTENTS
Fear
Defiance
Injustice
Pain
Character
Role Models
Faith
Values
Quiet Strength
Determination
Youth
The Future”

Rosa Parks. “Reflections by Rosa Parks.”

Nov. 30, 2020

We’re not even close to EVEN STEVENS America!
#blackequity
#realjustice

Nov. 29, 2020