Speaking & Teaching

Jan. 21, 2022

On that historic day in August 1963, before Dr. King revealed his vision for America, his Dream For America, Dr. King talked about a check returned marked "insufficient funds" related to constitutional equality and economic equity in American society. As I continue to bound my reading project “The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project” to the sermons, letters, and philosophy of Dr. King during January 2022. This question continues to disturb me about the treatment and condition that is facing Americans of African Descent in 2022.

Why are we as a black community still engulfed in a situation that bounds us to this circumstance?

Yes, this nation elected a President of African Heritage in 2008 and re-elected that President in 2012 supposedly shepherding in an era of a colorblind society, a society where the content of a man or woman’s character not the color of a man or a woman’s skin would be the measuring rod but which we determine that individual’s value. Well, that election was an illusion and we were deluded to believe that change was on the horizon. Deluded to believe that King’s beloved community was indeed an American possibility. I believe totally in my soul that if Dr. King’s spirit were to be conjured back he would ask with firm deliberation why black people almost 60 years later from that day in 1963 still sit encased in that circle of insufficient funds in both equal and economic rights? Dr. King would ask why we as black Americans after fighting so hard for voting rights and gaining them supposedly in 1965 marching backward in the area of political quality and engagement in 2022. Dr. King would ask what happened to his efforts to eliminate poverty in this nation. What happened, and why didn’t our black community leaders not follow through with the Poor People’s Campaign that he dedicated himself to before his assassination? Dr. King would wonder why the economic gaps have significantly widened between those who have and those that don’t? Dr. King would ask how is it acceptable that so many Americans can seemingly look away from the fact that 42 million people in this nation go unclothed and unfed every night in this nation? Dr. King would ask how is it acceptable that more black males are incarcerated in American prisons now than the number of blacks who were held in servitude before the Civil War. Dr. King would surmise that equality in rights has not progressed but rather it has regressed since 1963.

This month’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project gives me no great relief that these troubling situations will be solved any time soon. Also, know that the conjured spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is restless because his beloved community isn’t close to being in sight.

Jan. 20, 2022

When you understand the economic harm that was created by this nation's government to deny Black Americans the right to accumulate wealth. You cannot deny that Americans of African descent are long past due for that outstanding check to be disbursed. Reparations paid by an American Government guilty of unwarranted abuses of power aren't a gift to Black Americans they are a natural right to fulfill the economic gap created by those criminal activities perpetrated by the American Government to put the boot of economic oppression on the Black Americans will a willful and unlawful intent.

#reparationsnow
#insufficientcheck
#wealthdenied

Jan. 19, 2022

Indeed as those have more than humanly necessary fight to gain more than humanly necessary in this nation, 42 million people went to bed hungry last night and many were forced to drink contaminated water last night, live in places unsuitable for healthy living, send their children to schools unsuitable to foster a quality educational experience, and choosing between getting a meal or getting proper medical attention. This inequality cannot last forever before those who suffer no longer will suffer in silence. When will this nation truly address the needs of the suffering or will this nation continue to allow the accumulation of ungodly wealth to destroy the humanity that society should foster.

Jan. 18, 2022

#provokedthought
#ReparationsNow
#InsufficientFunds

Dr. King's Final Dream Still Is Deferred
Don’t Let Wither On The Vine Of Hopelessness
America's Payment Still Due

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud

Jan. 17, 2022

"Jessie Jackson said today that voting rights were the crown jewel of the civil rights movement, but in reality, the crown jewel of the civil rights movement was never achieved because Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. realized that without economic parity or economic equality, voting rights and civil rights never got Americans of African Descent any closer to real equality in this nation. Dr. Martin Luther King's son said today that Dr. King would be rolling over in his grave about the supposed loss of voting rights in states today. But Dr. King was rolling in his grave when Black Americans seemingly ignored his final struggle to close the gap between the have's and the have not's. Our communities just let that dream wither away on the dead tree of hopelessness. The real battle and Dr. King's final battle was the "reparations battle" or "wealth redistribution battle". Because it was easy for America to put on paper civil or voting rights but it was almost an impossibility for America to give up economic paper to even the odds for poor people of color."

Joseph Hall