Nov. 23, 2020


Happy 74th Birthday to the only person on this planet to beat President Barack Obama in any election is Bobby Rush. Barack Obama attempted to unseat 4 Term Congressman Bobby Rush in 2000. Bobby Rush was representing the 1st Congressional District and Barack Obama thought he was a weakened candidate who could be unseated. Well, what Barack Obama didn’t understand was that Bobby Rush’s relationship and commitment to his constituents was steeled with over 40 years of work attempting to build Black Power for not only the First District but for every African American resident of the City of Chicago. In the primary election the street-wised for Founder of the Chicago Wing of the Black Panthers, Bobby Rush, swamped Barack Obama 61% to 30%. This would be the only election that Barack Obama would suffer in his political career. My fraternity brother, Bobby Rush, taught Obama a hard lesson, a teaching lesson that in order to win in the urban areas of this nation, you had better come correct and pick your upcoming opponents carefully. Happy Birthday Bobby Rush.

Nov. 22, 2020


To say posting this makes me so sad this evening is an understatement. George Nock, my fraternity brother and fellow Morgan State University alumnus has passed on to glory today.  Legend’s Plaza on Morgan State University has just two pieces of George Nock’s remarkable works, the impressive bronze statutes of the historic football coaches Talmadge Hill and Earl Banks. I loved George Nock because he was in my mind such a beautiful human being. Rest Eternally in Peace George you made the world around you so much more beautiful. Your contributions will be everlasting.

Nov. 22, 2020

Reparations versus Incarceration

When I think of the word incarceration historically, why does my mind slip to the injustice applied to African Americans in this nation? Is it because our ancestors were unjustly incarcerated on the slave ships passing throughout the middle passage on the way to this nation? Is because our ancestors were incarcerated while waiting to be auctioned off at the slave marketplaces? Slave marketplaces that even existed in the capital city of this nation. Is it because our ancestors were incarcerated at the many plantations and mansions while a legalized inhumane slavery existed? Is it because after slavery supposedly ended the incarceration of our ancestors continued with peonage, sharecropping, vagrancy laws, and convict leasing? Is it because our ancestors were incarcerated for attempting to fulfill citizenship rights supposedly bestowed on them with constitutional guarantees? Is because our ancestors were incarcerated attempting to feed their families because employment opportunities were denied to them? Is because all levels of government municipal, federal and state created laws and policies that created an atmosphere that developed the era of mass incarceration of African American men and women? When I think of the word incarceration, why do I think a special meaning is specially dedicated to the application of unjust slavery to primarily African Americans in this nation? If this nation would’ve spent more time repairing rather than denying African Americans rights. Why do I believe the word incarceration wouldn’t mean policies directed to suppress African Americans? Because, I truly believe the dollars spent incarcerating African Americans should’ve been spent on repairing the ills of unjust incarcerations.

Nov. 21, 2020

White Supremacy Will Never Break Our Will

Francis Grimke came to the podium on November 20, 1898, just after a coup d’etat and white racist insurrection had occurred in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 10, 1898, that left the black citizens of the city facing personal, political and economic annihilation. Reverend Grimke stated emphatically that African Americans in this country would never stop fighting for the rights due to them as citizens. No matter how pervasive and demeaning the Jim Crow mandates against African American ancestors, no matter how much terror our African American ancestors communities faced they will never acquiesce or break in this fight against white supremacy. We are still fighting and still demanding what is rightfully ours 122 years after this powerful speech. You must understand that harder you come at us the absolute stronger we become. Why? Because our ancestors would demand nothing less from us than our total devotion to the cause of liberation and reparations.

Nov. 20, 2020

Remembering Stokely

In 1966, Stokely Carmichael was the national leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he was a graduate of Howard University, he was a veteran of the fight for civil rights for sharecroppers in the Delta southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, he was one of the leaders of the original Black Panthers political party in Lowndes County Alabama. He was also identified by President Lyndon Baines Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as the most dangerous black man in America after his speech in Greenwood, Mississippi that initiated the call for Black Power. His very name on a rostrum or a program initiated law enforcement agencies from federal, state, or municipal authorities to take action to suppress his voice. It’s not hard to imagine that Stokely Carmichael didn’t live a long enduring life due to the extreme and relentless pressure he faced attempting to face down the proponents of white supremacy. I grew up in the age of Kwame Turi and learned from him not to accept anything less than what I was due as a Blackman. It’s been 22 years this week since Stokely Carmichael passed away on 11/15/1998 and I didn’t want this week to pass without reading his famous speech from that field in Greenwood, Mississippi on that muggy evening in June of 1966.