Speaking & Teaching

Aug. 14, 2020

So many people are in our community don’t have full knowledge or any knowledge of the story of Fannie Lou Hamer. That is a major issue that confounds me because if they knew the story of this determined black woman of absolute power. They would understand that you can take a stance on right against wrong and still be on the side of infinite justice for all. Fannie Lou Hamer was a woman who inspired others because of her tenaciousness to secure each and every supposedly right provided by the Constitution of the United States. Once, the SNCC unveiled these rights to Ms. Hamer nothing on god’s green earth would stop her from attaining them. Fannie didn't care if you were Democrat or Republican, black or white if you stood in the pathway of her securing the goal of absolute citizenship for African Americans in Mississippi you were on the wrong side of justice. She didn't care if you were Senator such and such or President big pants. If you were wrong had done wrong you had to be dealt. Ms. Hamer stood up to the most powerful members of the Democratic Party in 1964 and refused to now down to injustice. Fannie didn’t care if you went to Morehouse or Nohouse, she understood that every African American was in this nation’s boat of injustice together. If someone needed to be called to task, well, Fannie Lou Hamer didn't measure that person’s political party to make a decision about what to say. She made a moral decision on the scale of right and wrong. Fannie Hamer was beaten almost within an inch of her life simply because she wanted to experience the full rights of citizenship The sheriff of Winoa, Mississippi forced two black male prisoners to beat Fannie Hamer within inches of her life. Many of us would've simply run back to the shotgun shack and stayed as quiet as possible. Not Ms. Fannie Hamer, it emboldened her to be even more defiant in the face of oppression and surely didn’t stop her drive for full equality. So, I wonder if Fannie Lou Hamer was around in 2020 and someone questioned her blackness simply because she uncovered wrong and wanted to make it right. Would our communities unleash the forces of the status quo upon her? Fannie Lou Hamer stood up against President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. Johnson was idolized in the African American community for just signing the Civil Rights Bill but Fannie Lou Hamer saw wrong and forged ahead. Even most in our communities were dismayed by her actions. Including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who asked Fannie to compromise but a compromise wasn't right it only empowered the wrong side of justice. So as we move forward towards November 3, 2020, remember this calling out wrong no matter the political party is and never should be wrong. You should always want to be on the right side of justice as would Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer.

Aug. 13, 2020

If you didn't know had to delete a number of Facebook posts on Thursday because the vile responses to those three posts from a few folks who took offense to my posts related to the Democratic choice for Vice President of the United States. I felt affecting the direction of those responses were possibly going limit my ability to expand and promote my Facebook Live program The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project. I was literally shocked at the level of vitriol that was being delivered by some people whom I honestly respected. I was being accused of promoting slander, delivering messages of hate, being a lackey for Trump, and guiding the entire community of African Americans to a river of eternal despair. First off, I want to thank those who responded to those posts in a meaningfully constructive strategic way. To those it kept it 100 I salute you. To those who felt it necessary to flood my page with unfounded accusations about me personally. I can only say if you did your research you could possibly comprehend my position. But, do many people don't do research they respond literally on absolute emotion.

All this negativity because I voiced a few opinions about a certain candidate. It’s like for those slung those vitriols they have this crazy realization that you are either with us or anything you do for the benefit of our communities is worthless. Well, I am not going to allow my opinions to be silenced with individuals who are willing to destroy my project for their benefit or their ignorance. I care more about addressing the issues that are omnipresent in our communities related to illiteracy and the lack of knowledge about the black historical experience right now. I will protect that reading project with all my energy and power. You can take your slights and admonitions towards me for stating my opinions and move on. I am not going to stop using my learned knowledge to educate and make those unaware, aware. Whom, I support is not based on the personality of that individual, or whether that person is a member of a group or sex. I will base my support on policy and the receptiveness of those policies on the community residents I’m primarily concerned with.

Aug. 12, 2020

This female warrior of words, deeds, and actions was possibly the very first Black African-American woman who owned and operated a newspaper in this country. The American Eagle was the largest black-owned​ and operated newspaper on the west coast. In addition, Charlotta Bass was the first African-American woman to be nominated for the office of Vice President of the United States in 1952 by the Progressive Party. So she was indeed a woman whose recognitions to delivering equality and justice to peoples of color must never be underestimated nor forgotten. Today I salute Charlotta Bass, in her words, my voice, because our black history need not ever have be a black mystery. Today I will read Charlotta Bank’s acceptance speech given for the nomination of Vice President of The United States Of America representing The Progressive Party.

Aug. 12, 2020

Blind Allegiance has gotten us where in 60 years of loyal Democratic Party support? Our ancestors made choices when choices had to be made shifting party loyalty when they deemed it necessary. We must allow our communities to have the same response today because this boogeyman syndrome is way out of kilter. You had better vote for Biden if you are truly black, Trump is the most racist President ever insults the agony and misery our ancestors faced watching their love ones hanging from trees after being burned alive and then hung while the occupants of those historical White House’s casually disregarded the crimes, or worse offering shelter to those who lynched and terrorized. Now we have both parties disregarding or ignoring our case for reparations. why? Just because they can because they know we will not tip over the political apple cart. You see never have in 60 fully went full bore after the Democratic Party. Well, in 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party tried but where silenced by a sitting President and his team cart controllers. So, please don’t expect blind allegiance when blind allegiance hasn’t served us a full meal at any table. Our votes are sacred but we as a community haven’t valued our votes because we gave them away willingly without payment expecting in return. There shouldn’t be ghettos in America, starving children in America, undereducated children in America, soiled tainted water in America, people without healthcare in America, homeless or evicted people in America but there are and it didn’t start with Trump. The majority of people who are affected by these wrongs are in our communities not theirs. Malcolm X demanded we value our votes as sacred as did Martin King but we haven’t and we don’t. So because of that we end up choosing between Trump/Pence and Biden/Harris with the difference between them in minute. Hell, in 2000 Trump donated $6000.00 to Harris’s campaign to be California’s Attorney General and we or we should know how that turned out. If you want blind allegiance than you disservice Monroe Trotter, Marcus Garvey, DuBois, Douglass, Paul Robeson, Ella Baker, Ida Wells, Fannie Hamer, Stokely Carmichael because each one of those would’ve been upfront and discussing both parties wrongs and demanding them to do right by us. Now I am not proposing to go for anyone in particular or no party specifically. I am only asking that we value our individual votes collectively and get something tangible from those votes because blind allegiance hasn’t gotten us anywhere.