Jan. 6, 2021

Robert Brown Elliott's Historic Speech Requesting Black Civil Rights

Today, I celebrate the brilliance of Robert Brown Elliott who was one of the black congressmen during the period of Black Reconstruction. In 1874, Congressman Elliott spoke to the House of Representatives in our nation's capital appealing for the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1875. It was the last of the Black Reconstruction bills passed by the Republicans prior to the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

The bill was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 1881. This ruling basically ensured that Jim Crow would devastate black lives throughout this nation until 1964's passage of the Civil Rights Bill. The speech that was given by then Congressman Elliott on January 6, 1874, was deemed by many including Federick Douglass as one of the most historic speeches ever given in the Halls of Congress. Today, I will read the entire speech in all of its glory.

"What you give to one class you must give to all; what you deny to one class you shall deny to all, unless in the exercise of the common and universal police power of the state you find it needful to confer exclusive privileges on certain citizens, to be held and exercised still for the common good of all."

Robert Brown Elliott was born in Boston on August 11, 1842, and he died on August 9, 1884. Although Robert Elliott served in the House of Representative and had numerous other political appointments, he actually died a pauper in New Orleans, Louisana. Elliott’s decline was a direct result of the fact that every right that he and others in Congress secured for black Americans were snatched from them as a result of tyrannical Jim Crow laws enacted by southern states and replicated in other states throughout America.

Jan. 6, 2021


Jan. 6, 2021


Jan. 5, 2021

Aging In Politics Has Been A Terrible Thing For Global Progress

"“Old white folks decimated this country socially as well as destroying global resources and causing the extinction of plants and animals due to neglect and their obtrusive policies. So why do we, American citizens continue to support these men and women who sucked the air right out of the world’s progressiveness? Both of America’s political parties leaders are mostly old and directly responsible for the damage to our environment as well as our communities. So, why do we continue to support them year after year, election after election? Why, I ask? We know we need a breath of fresh air in our political arena. We know and can look around and see the savage results of their policies. You do the research and you must agree with the premise that career politicians aren’t beneficial to our nation’s progress. We have to stop this madness. The reality is that neither party has been a friend to a viable living environment. When will we educate ourselves to the reality that only through term limitations for our elected government leaders will fresh ideas be openly welcomed. The newest movement should be 10 years for congressman and 10 years for Senators which means cutting the term of Senators from 6 to 5 years. No more career politicians to muck up the nation’s progress.”"

Jan. 5, 2021


Now available at your favorite book store or online at your favorite online sites. The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project highly recommends this book. You and your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and your children’s friends will throughly enjoy this book. As I said yesterday during my read aloud hour order have your children read it aloud to you with the passion that drove Ona Judge to seek freedom in her lifetime. Ray Shepard has another winner to add to your library.