Mar. 12, 2019

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour

These are 68 titled e-books that I have read on The Blackman’s Read Aloud Hour over the past 33 months. The purpose of my program is four-fold, first is to illuminate the issue of black illiteracy in that permeates in our communities, second is to use the read-aloud format to share the historical journey of Americans of African Descent, third is to hopefully encourage members of our community to begin reading as a tool to gain knowledge, and forth and most important develop communities of universally strategic readers.  These titles aren’t the only books I have shared on my social media read-aloud project. However, in my mind, they encompass the most important aspects of my project. For it is my belief that being able to read enables an individual to become historically fluent, thus that individual becomes an abler as well as a competent contributor in our black communities.  There should be no reason why every person capable of being a strategic comprehending reader doesn’t attain the level of reading proficiency. 


1. Frederick Douglass

2. The Portable Frederick Douglass

3. Down To The Crossroads

4. Be Free Or Die: Robert Smalls

5. Stokely: A Life

6. He Calls Me By Lightning: Caliph Washington

7. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers

8. Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations

9.  Death of A King: Tavis Smiley

10. Silent Covenants: Brown v. Bd. Of Ed.

11. Writings From WEB DuBois

12. The Senator and the Sharecropper: Fannie Lou Hamer

14. Say It Loud

15. The Covenant With Black America: Tavis Smiley

16. They Say: Ida B. Wells

17. Never Caught: The Relentless Pursuit of Ona Judge By George/Martha Washington 

18. Lay This Body Down

19. A Knock At Midnight

20. Black History: History in an Hour

21. Say It Plain

22. Red Summer 

23. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community

24. Seeds of Revolution

25. Why We Can't Wait

26. Living Black History

27. Breaking The Line

28. The Warmth of Other Sons

29. Souls Of Black Folks

  1. Radio Free Dixie: Robert Franklin Williams
  2. The Road To Freedom: Charles E. Cobb Jr.
  3. Hope On A Tightrope: Cornel West
  4. The Lost Eleven
  5. Blood At The Root
  6. Policing The Black Man: Angela Davis
  7. Waiting ’Til The Midnight Hour: Penial E. Joseph
  8. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between The Lies: Dick Gregory
  9. Selected Writings And Speeches Of Marcus Garvey
  10. At The Hands Of Persons Unknown: Phillip Dray
  11. The Port Chicago 50
  12. The Radical King
  13. The Age of Reconstruction
  14. Slavery By Another Name
  15. An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
  16. Barracoon
  17. Black Fortunes
  18. Black Titan
  19. The Blood Of Emmitt Till
  20. Cane
  21. Capitol Men
  22. The Hour of Peril
  23. In The Shadow of Liberty
  24. Now or Never
  25. No Justice
  26. The Original Black Elite
  27. Redemption: The Last 30 Hours Of Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. Reclaiming The Black Past
  29. The Seminarian
  30. Smoketown
  31. A Spy In Canaan
  32. Stamped From The Beginning
  33. Truevine
  34. Writing To Save A Life: The Louis Till File
  35. The Road To Dawn
  36. The New Negro
  37. The Hanging Bridge
  38. A More And Terrible History
  39. Reflections By Rosa Parks

The illumination of the issue of issue of adult and youth illiteracy in the black communities is a difficult problem to accept first and conquer second.  Yet in order to recognize a problem, we must admit there is a problem.  Why did Ballou High School, in our nation’s capital admit to allowing its entire 2016-2017 graduating class to leave that school with abnormally high rates of illiteracy? How could school administrator be so caught up in showing gains that they would be willing to create those gains to the detriment of those young adults? How can those young graduates really expect to compete in today’s global economy?  Who really wants to admit after graduating from high school publicly or even privately that they have significant difficulties with literacy? In the case of illiteracy, that person must first admit to the deficiency if they ever really want to free themselves of anxiety that comes along with illiteracy?  So many of our black ancestors encountered and defeated the enemy of illiteracy. Yes, it is indeed an enemy, one that puts word darkness into one’s life. When a person struggling with illiteracy is confronted with word meaning, word recognition, word comprehension, and word understanding, the battle to meet that challenge is real. Our communities must have a handle on the skill of literacy. Now more than ever you cannot or will not be able to compete in a global world effectively without being able to read. All around you, the demand for being able to read is ever present.  Technology has taken over many aspects of day to day living however the presumption of being able to read is still an essential element in one’s ability to be able to exist in this ever-changing world. No need to guess on what you think it says if you know exactly what it says.  

So today I am doing a 33-month update on the progress of The Blackman Read Aloud Hour. Imagine the amount of non-fiction literature that has been exposed by just one black man reading aloud?  The knowledge of the black man’s contribution to the magnificent history of these United States. Now multiply that by 100 men, 1000 men, 10,0000 men committed to eliminating illiteracy by the simple act of reading aloud. I have aligned black history with black literacy in a strategy to expand one and minimize the other.  So continue to join me from Sunday to Friday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM for the social media Facebook Live sessions of The Blackman Read Aloud Hour because this is one Blackman who refuses to believe that all black person shouldn’t be able to read and read aloud daily. I know that my program merits financial support. So please assist me in expanding its reach. You can do so by donating to my gofundme campaign page, or by contacting me directly if you want to become a corporate sponsor.