Speaking & Teaching

Sep. 20, 2020

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Thank God He Didn't Sneeze
September 20, 1958
Blumstein's Department Store
Harlem, New York

On this day 62 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed by a deranged black woman Izola Ware Curry with an ivory-handled​ ​letter opener that rested almost on the edges of his aorta. It was said by the operating surgeon that had Dr. King merely sneezed he would've drowned in his own blood. Today, The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project reads about that fateful event that almost changed the path of this nation. A simple sneeze and Dr. King at 29-years of age wouldn't have been around to change this nation's path towards some semblance of equality. I also will spend a few moments reading the words Dr. King spoke on April 3, 1968,​ as he remembered that incident in the Harlem Department store.​

Sep. 19, 2020

So many people in this nation I’ve noticed today
have no understanding of the US CONSTITUTION as it relates to a PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION for replacing a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SEAT. The process is labeled as ADVISE AND CONSENT. It’s as if no one or very few listened during classes on the US Government.

Right now the REPUBLICAN PARTY controls both parts of that process. The current President Trump who ADVISES and the US SENATE which CONSENTS. This is entirely different than the 2016 situation involving Obama’s selection of Garland, in that case the process was split with a Democratic President controlling ADVISE and the Republican Senators controlling CONSENT. With Democratic Procedural Filibuster now being able to be halted with a SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE by the Republicans. Trump and McConnell hold all the “Trump Cards” on this stacked deck.

Expect a quick name to be sent by Trump to the Senate. The name may even be put before the Senate by Trump before Ginsburg is placed in the ground. Rest assured the Republican Party will not choose to lose out on this opportunity to effect the balance of the SUPREME COURT for at least a generation or more. If the Democratic Party was in the same position they would be doing the same thing. You see, the SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is a lifetime appointment.

I am hearing talk by democratic advocates of stacking the SUPREME COURT should Biden win. Well, that won’t happen because it has been tried before by FDR in 1937. Guess who would rule on that legislation if passed by Congress and signed by Biden? Right, TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. So, forget about that solution. You had better go the Constitution and read:

“While most of the Senate-related clauses of the Constitution are included in Article I, which creates the legislative branch of the federal government, it is Article II, section 2 that gives the Senate the exclusive right to provide advice and consent to the president on treaties and nominations.”

When Trump was elected who would’ve thought that a man of his diminished character and intellectual dimension would’ve been given the right to select 1/3 of seated Supreme Court Justices? The framers of the Constitution, yes, those framers that wrote African Americans were 3/5 human established advise and consent. Now, we must suck it up and face the consequence. That my friends is my thoughts on advise and consent this afternoon.

Sep. 15, 2020

This Day In African American History
Addie, Denise, Cynthia, and Carole's Unnecessary Sacrifice
The Day Terror Reigned In Birmingham

Today, I bring poetry and a powerful speech about a Sunday morning when murderous insanity demonstrated the height of the evilness that had infected a white community in Birmingham, Alabama. I read a poem by Thomas Merton, about a girl and her white doll baby. I read the Ballad of Birmingham written by Thomas Dudley. Then I conclude my poetry reading with a series of poems by Langston Hughes, Four Little Girls, Dreams, and Let America Be America. Then I close out my salute by reading a powerful speech given by a white Birmingham attorney Charles B. Morgan, the day after the murderous act of terror at the 16th Street Baptist Church. On September 16, 1963, just a day after white terrorists bombed a Birmingham church, killing four Black girls, Charles Morgan, a young, white Alabama lawyer, gave this speech at the Birmingham Young Men’s Business Club to an audience representing the white establishment of Birmingham.
Morgan and his family were made to flee Birmingham after the brave lawyer’s remarks.