Speaking & Teaching

May. 10, 2019

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback was born free 182 years ago on May 10, 1837, in Macon, Georgia. His parents were Eliza Stewart, a freed slave, and Major William Pinchback, his mother's former master, and a white southern slave-owning planter. Today, on my blog I will bring the words of PBS Pinchback during the presidential campaign of James Garfield in 1880. This was the election after the 1876 presidential election in which the Republican Party had all but given back the south to the racist Democratic Party. It was also the start of another century of a different kind of slavery, viler, more oppressive, and denigrating to the descendants of a system of slavery that supposedly ended in 1865.

P.B.S. Pinchback served as Governor of Louisana for a sum total of 34 days during Reconstruction. He was the only black man who served as governor of a southern state during Reconstruction. Pinchback was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1872 along with being nominated to the US Senate both first in the State of Louisana. He was never allowed to serve in the Senate but Pinchback was a spirited supporter of black rights throughout his natural life. PBS Pinchback could have chosen to lead a "passing life" like his sister but his path was a path defined by his acceptance of his mother's race.

America's historical reality can be so much different than what is taught in the classroom or shows up in our schools' history books. Can you imagine this scenario, on December 31, 1862, all 11 rebellious Confederate States decided to drop their​ weapons and end the Civil War. If this would have happened according to the Proclamation of Emancipation set to become effective on 12:01 am on January 1, 1863. The enslaved peoples in those 11 eleven states would still have been held in bondage. Well, 14 years after that proclamation slavery rebounded in another form more vicious than what had occurred in the previous 2 1/2 centuries. Think about that for just a moment and the desperation men like PBS Pinchback felt climbing this mountain for deceit that this country presented them with?

Join me and listen to PBS Pinchback discuss with clarity the hopeless situation that life presented our black ancestors without this nation enforcing reconstruction policies.​


May. 9, 2019

John Brown was born May 9, 1800, he celebrates his 219th birthday today. When I was in school, John Brown was always depicted in my history books as a crazed, maniacal white man who had no true virtue. He only thirsted after blood and had a limited level of humanity. As I got older and did my own research on John Bown I came to realize how virtuous, honorable and dedicated John Brown was. He lived a pious life and thought that all mankind no matter the color of their skins deserved to be treated equally. In a time when the overwhelming majority of blacks were deemed inferior and was shackled and chained to the insane institution of slavery. John Brown wanted to break the bonds of those chains so that my black ancestors could walk as freedmen.

More than any other white person it was John Brown who sacrificed his life and that of some of his sons to bring freedom to the enslaved blacks being held in bondage in the southern United States. His failed attack on the Harpers Ferry Federal Armory was an instrumental event that strengthened the demand by abolitionists in this nation to finally settle the issue of slavery once and for all. It was that failed attack along with John Brown's public hanging that aroused the level of dissension and conflict between the North and the South, which forged the movement to that penultimate battle of North versus South in a great Civil War. As a result of his death, a tribute was written honoring John Brown. This historical poem was used to motivate northern troops as they headed into battle against the tyrannical Confederate forces.

Today The Black Blackman Who Reads Aloud pays tribute to The Most Honorable John Brown by reciting two versions of the epic poem "John Brown's Body". I hope you will listen to the recitations and understand the magnitude of the sacrifice and determination to the cause of black freedom that John Brown was dedicated too. Had it not been for John Brown, it may have been decades before our ancestors achieved freedom. I am sure that John Brown's Body still stirs with the increasing degree of injustice our black communities still suffer from even in 2019. As the poem says John Brown's Body is smothering in the ground, it burns forever eternal until true equality is reached in this nation.


May. 8, 2019

"I live in the United States, a nation that supposedly told the British monarchy to go straight to hell. So, I could give a rat's ass about the name of a baby who was born with a proverbial diamond spoon in his mouth. I mean most of the crown jewels that are the basis of the wealth of the Royal Family were stolen from civilizations whose residents were my skin tone or darker. I ask myself why are even a few black folks interested in these baby naming shenanigans? Did the British Empire ever pay any reparations for all the thievery and misadventures that they caused black people to suffer in points all around the world? Also, I don't care if the British Empire abolished slavery in 1833 the monarchy still continued to oppress darker skin peoples around the world for at least a century and a half until World War II demolished their reign of oppression."

May. 6, 2019

"Americans are seemingly more interested Game of Thrones and Infinity Endgame than in the absolute ecological deterioration of Planet Earth. I guess if Arya and Thanos were actual living beings Americans would begin to give a damn about the 1,000,000 species of marine and land life threatened by our ecological blindness. What in the hell is so damn interesting about two fictional stories, one based on white supremacy domination during the British Empire's War of the Roses and the other story based on a lime green brownish character that turns humans into dust anyways? We had better start being extremely interested whether you are black, white, red, or yellow in the literally millions of living thing we actually have turned to dust. On a side note, the scavenger crabs of the Chesapeake Bay are back in abundance according to a new report from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. So rockfish are dwindling again and crabs are on the upswing since scavengers love so many dead things. So get the Old Bay Seasoning and cold brewskies on tap and enjoy. Except if you are like me the high iodine levels in today's seafood makes that meal unbearable. Oh, what the hell, we can't live forever so why should Planet Earth."

May. 6, 2019
On the day that Morgan State University introduced its new basketball head coach, Kevin Broadus, in an audience that included all the Georgetown Thompson clan Big John, John III, and Ronnie along with a myriad of Coach Broadus's former players. The University of Maryland his former employer just signed a Sudan basketball player with a 7 feet 10-inch wingspan, Choi Marial, who wingspan is larger than any other NBA player in history besides Manute Bol who had an incredulous wingspan of 8 feet 6-inches.
This means that the recruiting class that Kevin Broadus assisted in bringing into UM this year will include the Mitchell Twins, Donta Scott, Choi Marial and Hakim Hart. These 5 players will be added to last year's recruiting class that included Serrel Smith, Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala, Ricky Lindo and of course Baltimore's own Jalen Smith. This means that the top ten players from the last two recruiting classes will be on Maryland's campus next season. Add the other returning upperclassmen Darryl Morsell, Joshua Tomaic and the possible addition of the teams leading scorer Anthony Cowan.
All 13 of these players the new Morgan State University Basketball Coach Kevin Broadus has a major hand in recruiting as well as developing. That has to bode well for the future of Morgan Bear basketball. The brother has the gift that allows young men to want to follow his vision. Coach Broadus spoke of vision today quite impressively. His vision as well as the visions of Drs. Wilson and Scott. He spoke of his binding relationships that were built from his basketball experiences. He spoke of his HBCU roots, of matriculating at Bowie State University, of loving as a young man coming to play at Hill Fieldhouse while a student at Bowie. It was clearly evident that every one of the friends of Coach Broadus who attended this public introduction loved his as a man of distinction and honor.
My only regret is in watching the news conference was the seemingly complete absence of the Baltimore media from the event. The only question that was asked came not from the media but from a Morgan supporter. Having Drs' Wilson and Scott attempting to gain support from the Baltimore media for our sports program is a difficult uphill battle. The biggest star at the news conference wasn't either Wilson, Scott, or Broadus but it was Gig John Thompson who was decked out in his Nike attire.
Yet, any Morgan alumni had to be extremely proud that our university was able to secure the services of an excellent recruiter, an outstanding developer of men, as well as an outstanding basketball coach in Kevin Broadus. I only hope that we understand the magnitude of this basketball hire. It could be extremely important to our university's ability to gain some national recognition and corporate sponsorship. The students in the athletic department may be in line for trips to Eugene, Oregon with our new coach's Nike ties. The entire city of Baltimore and the Morgan University community must wrap their arms around Kevin Broadus and make him and his family feel welcome. This is a game-changing hire for our university community.
I also appreciate that Coach Broadus gave some platitudes to his personal friend Todd Bozeman at this announcement. Coach Todd Bozeman worked hard to build the stature of the program during some extremely difficult times. Let's see you try to recruit today's players to play in an empty wore down, beat up and decrepit Hill Fieldhouse when all the competitive schools (Towson, Coppin, UMBC, Loyola(1984) in the area have new arenas. Or arenas packed with overflowing crowds. So it will not be an easy task for our coach Kevin Broadus to secure commitments for players to play for our Morgan Grizzlies. However, if we can change the atmosphere and build campus enthusiasm for our sports teams. I can see the beginning of concrete being pour and bricks being laid for the new Frazier Webster Fieldhouse in this decade. However, we must align ourselves to our programs with personal support and finding ways to bring Baltimore City into the equation of support.
These are our my Morgan State University Basketball Notes Today.