Speaking & Teaching

Apr. 28, 2021

One of the major issues with our Black political leadership is that many of them are either far removed, or never have experienced the lifestyles of many of Black Americans are forced to experience in this country. They don't understand living in blighted homes or apartments. They don't know the feeling of living in roaches and rat-infested homes or apartments. They don't know the feeling of not being able to sending their kids outside for fear that their kids won't return home safe and unharmed. They don't know the feeling of living in communities without a dependable supermarket full of fresh affordable healthy foods. They don't know the feeling of living in reinforced steel bars to protect you from crime-infested communities. They don’t know the feeling that school buildings that are supposed to nurture their children are more likely to induce children to lose hope and gain despair. They don't know the feeling of choosing between taking needed medicines or feeding your family. They don't know about living in communities where there are more liquor stores and drug corners than places that encourage and motivate children and young adults. They don't understand living in communities without a library filled with books to develop brainpower rather than draining brains with so many negative imaging. It is hard to fight for the least of us when you don't or can't empathize with those who struggle every day just to survive. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. decided to live in those conditions in Chicago in 1966 to sense the level of despair faced by those imperiled by the oppressive conditions of America. What Black American political leader today is willing to make that same level of commitment? Who amongst our so-called black political leaders is willing to experience the life of the least of us in our black communities across this nation? You cannot fight against or for something you have never experienced. You simply cannot know of the despair without personally experiencing it. Our black congressional leaders never have to decide whether to feed their families or get the necessary medical attention to get healthy. We need more King-like leaders who will take on these experiences. Why? Because it will be hard to deny aid when you have seen and experienced day to day despair. Yes, and bring along some of the white liberals and plop them right in those black communities. Then, maybe the black reparations movement will move ahead, beyond talk to true action. Yes, America we need a King-like live-in morality movement now.

Apr. 28, 2021

“How come we cannot get 50 Democratic Senators to vote for and pass the Emmitt Till
Anti- Lynching Bill? I understand the Republicans in the Senate not voting for the measure because they aren’t our friends but the Democratic Party is supposed to be obligated to promoting and anchoring our causes, aren’t they? I believe that 50 of them joined and passed the Asian Anti Hate bill. With 50 votes plus Harris’s vote the Emmitt Till Bill would pass 51-50 right?

Apr. 28, 2021

Remembering Arthur Wergs Mitchell, the first black congressman elected as a democrat in this nation. Mr. Mitchell attempted to turn the tables on Jim Crow. He succeeded on this date April 28, 1941, 80 years ruled in his favor that separate but equal had better be more equal for black folks to be judicially fair.

Apr. 27, 2021

Let’s spend some time learning about a civil rights pioneer 28-year-old Lloyd Gaines, who disappeared from the face of the earth in March 1939. 81-years-ago this intelligent graduate student who was challenging the system of segregation at the University of Missouri simply never appeared again after supposedly going out for stamps one rainy night in Chicago. Today, I will read an article written by Chad Garrison in April, 2007 that was published in the Riverfront Times. Lloyd Gaines is name that many in our communities will not be familiar with but he another example of the oppressive conditions our ancestors face simply because of the color of their skins.

Apr. 26, 2021

Today, I will share some history that was just uncovered about the famous Old North Church. It seems that a few of the church's benefactors were heavily involved in human trafficking. It seems that the famous Old North Church steeple that was so prominent in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere was built with the soiled, stained human blood of African slaves.

I will first read the Longfellow poem and then I will read the article that appeared in the Boston Globe on 10/26/2019. The history that we were taught about the famous historical institutions and symbolic buildings of America's past are seemingly never the true history. It is time for this nation to finally come to grips with its stained history and reconcile its past with actions to restore the nation's future.

Too long has history ignored the true story and with the gory revelations about slavery being uncovered almost daily. The discussions pertaining to some sort of economic reparations must begin and not continue to be ignored. Can you really look at the steeple light that resonated freedom from the British Empire's oppressive reign as the enlightenment of democracy? When the steeple's benefactors were infected with the virus of black human trafficking. That funds bloodied by black human bodies built this famous steeple that Mr. Revere looked on that April night in 1775.​