Speaking & Teaching

Dec. 4, 2019

As Black Reconstruction was about to end in this nation Ferdinand L. Barnett spoke to the need for racial unity. Ferdinand Barnett was maybe more known as the husband of Ida Wells Barnett the emphatic voice and power against lynching but he was truly more than that. In this speech he addressed many complex issues we still face in our community more than 140 years later. As we enter what many said is a new era of Black Reconstruction we must revisit the words of our ancestors and learn from them. I present today Ferdinand L. Barnett’s words from 1879 with a hope that our communities will listen intently to them to gain knowledge and direction towards some real semblance of racial unity. This is the Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project taking the opportunity to share some history and knowledge to my supporters and those who may have first learned about my aim. That being the elevation of black knowledge and the uplift of black universal literacy in all of our communities.

Dec. 4, 2019

On December 4, 1969, seemingly every law enforcement agency in our country conspired with a infiltrator​ to assasin​ate Fred ​Hampton and Mark Clark. It was the goal that day to utterly devastate​ Chicago's Black Panther Party. We know now how COINTELPRO devised methods to destroy all black organizations dedicated to the uplift of black communities. We also know that J. Edgar Hoover feared that a messiah would appear to lead this country's black populace. So he, and his legions of illegal agents of oppression did all that could to silence black voices. Today I speak on this blog about our ancestors call for black unity. Before Fred Hampton died on December 4, 1969, he gave this speech "Power Anywhere Where There Are People". I will read Fred Hampton's words and honor the memories of Mark Clark and Fred Hampton today.

Dec. 3, 2019

December 3, 2000 the date of jubilee for ancestor Gwendolyn Brooks, 19 years ago today. This magnificent woman of prose. I salute her with 10 minutes of just a few of her poems. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote 20 books of poetry. So clearly I cannot do her justice in 10 minutes but at least I can say rest in eternal peace, ​my sister.

Dec. 3, 2019

On December 3, 1866, John Stewart Rock passed into the eternal pasture of black greatness. Although, Mr. Rock only lived 41 years those years were full of impressive greatness. He was the very first black lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court of The United States. He is said to have coined the term "BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL" and today I will read a speech he gave a decade before his death, I Will Sink Or Swim My Race, given March 5, 1858, three years before the start of the Civil War.

Dec. 3, 2019

On December 3, 1847, 172 years ago Frederick Douglas and Martin Delany published the very first volume of the historic newspaper The North Star. This paper was dedicated to the ​destruction of the institutional system of slavery that existed in America. At the time of the first publication,​ almost 95% of our black ancestors were being held in bondage. This morning I will read an excerpt of The North Star as well as a poem dedicated to The North Star on ​The Black Blogger's website.