Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:16
When Harry Belafante appeared at the 2013 NAACP Awards ceremonies to accept the Spingarn Award he reminded us of where we came from and asked who is leading us today? Belafante, standing besides another entertainment giant, Sidney Poitier, also, reminded us that he and the stars of his generation, like Poitier, Paul Robeson, and others, had to struggle with their careers as Black pioneers. At the same time they walked with, and marched with, and supplied economic support for the Civil Rights Movement, helping giants like Dr. King.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:09
It's always interesting to travel. You always learn something, at least after you get through the hassle of boarding the plane. Better to drive, but then there is the time factor. In four hours you go from the West Coast to the East Coast on a plane, as opposed to two to three days by car. Either way, travel is always a learning experience.
Last week, we travelled to Atlanta, and reading a magazine in route, I came across an article about the state of Iowa, called the Field of Dreams. Within the article, touting the economic and educational privileges of Iowa and its educational system, there was a phrase that said, "TURNING RESEARCH INTO COMPANIES." The article highlighted how Iowa Colleges and Universities do an awesome job of training the state's work force. Secondarily, the educational system does a great job incubating the creation of new entrepreneurial opportunities and new companies.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:05
In the last few weeks I have seen the two movies related to Black life in America, Lincoln and Django. One enlightened me, and one entertained me. Lincoln, I can suggest that my grandchildren go and see. Django is vulgar, funny at times, and provides a glimpse into the harshness of slavery, but I would rather my grandchildren not see it. Since the young people need to learn of the harshness of slavery, it would be better to see Alex Haley's "Roots."
The movie, Lincoln, provides a historical look at the United States as it fought to extricate itself from the ugly institution of Slavery. It is a one Issue movie. Slavery, Slavery, more Slavery, and the price America paid getting rid of slavery. In a nutshell the movie demonstrates the distinction between the Emancipation Proclamation and the thirteenth Amendment. Even I, after practicing Law for thirty years now, didn't realize that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves and it took the Thirteenth Amendment to make it happen.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:21
A few weeks ago we watched as the seeds of change occurred in the Black community of Los Angeles. The pastor of First AME Church Los Angeles was told to move on to another AME church in San Francisco. Before he arrived in San Francisco, the members of that church checked his history, his references, and his past, and told him no. It caused a tidal wave because the Bishop had sent him there and rarely does the membership say no to the Bishops. My mama taught me that Bishops can be wrong. She taught me to study the word for myself and make decisions according to God's word, not any man's.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:50
In 1905, W.E. B. Dubois was a Professor at Atlanta University and one of the great leaders of the Negro resistance movement. In June of 1905, Dubois called for a movement, later called the Niagara Movement, which led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In his call for the creation of the NAACP and the first meeting of the group issued on Lincoln's birthday, in 1909, Dubois described the social climate of America of the time and the world that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born into.
Dubois said that if Mr. Lincoln could revisit this country in the flesh he would be disheartened and discouraged. He cited the fact that the state of Georgia had disenfranchised Negro Americans, as of January 1, 1901, as had all southern states had done. He cited the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on the disenfranchisement of the millions of Black citizens and openly enforced laws that allowed white men to vote, while disallowing Black men the same right.
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