Sep. 4, 2020

Labor Day 2020 "Martin Luther King Jr" March 18, 1968 "All Labor Has Dignity"

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud Hour Project
The Radical King
All Labor Has Dignity
Labor Day Weekend 2020
Martin Luther King Jr.
March 18, 1968

If not for black labor in this nation America would not be America in any way, shape, or form. If not for black labor America would not has risen to the heights of prosperity it has experienced over the past​ 400 years. If not for black labor the economic​ and governmental institutions that are prospering today would not be in any position to be successful. If not for free enslaved black labor the southern states of this nation would have been locked into a calamity of economic depression. If not for forced black labor this nation wouldn’t have gotten to the heights of economic prosperity. So on this Labor Day Weekend 2020, I go back to March 18, 1968, and read the words from a speech that Dr. Martin Luther King gave on the Dignity of Labor to an audience filled with Memphis, Tennessee's sanitation workers. In a little less than 3 weeks after this address Dr. King would be murdered in Memphis still supporting those sanitation workers. Dr. King’s hope for economic reparations for the black economic plight that was being suffered by millions of poor people ended with that bullet on April 4, 1968. Now in 2020, we still struggle for the dignity of labor in this nation. However, we must remember this significant fact without forced, free and low paying black labor America would never have become America.​ That is the God’s honest truth and no one with an understanding of history can deny it.

Sep. 4, 2020

Reflecting Labor Day 2020

Today’s African American Moment

Tomorrow morning on my blog the annual special tribute to African American labor on Labor Day Weekend 2020. We are more responsible for the prosperity of this nation than even our African American communities comprehend. It is vital that we gain the knowledge necessary to pursue what is rightfully ours to pursue, reparations. That was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final dream. Are we as a community going to allow that dream to evaporate without action towards its achievement? I mean, are we really that beaten down as a people to give in to those barriers placed in the way of gaining reparations. Our ancestors worked so hard, sacrificed life and limb, sweat and blood, working tirelessly from sun to no sun to moonlight, working in the blistering southern sun, working during torrid storms, working during chains of enslavement, or Jim Crow's vile underpayment, or Jim Crow's penal entrapment, and working endlessly to feed their hungry families while America cared only of building the white man's economic prosperity. America didn't have a moment's care of African American economic, social, or civil empowerment. Yes, Labor Day Weekend is our weekend to demand what is rightfully ours to demand, reparations, now, not later. The demand must be directed to both political parties, now not later. No reparations no goddamn vote.

Sep. 3, 2020

September 4, 1908 Richard Wright Celebration Day

Today in African American History
Celebrating The Birthday of Richard Wright
The Icon With A Royal Typewriter & Pen
September 4, 1908

This morning I celebrate the life of Richard Wright by reading a brief biography as well as reading the powerful poem written by Richard Wright, Between The World and Me along with 6 haiku​ created by this literary genius. Please enjoy the brilliance of this remarkable brother of prose who had to leave the nation of his birth to reside on foreign​ shores to escape the evils that emanated​ ​in America​. His literary works are still placed high in annals of American Literature. How can you be an African American and not have read Native Son or Black Boy? This nation turned its back on Richard Wright’s genius and forced him to foreign shores but we must never forget Richard Wright’s impact on our communities and the greatness of his Royal Typewriter and Pen.

Sep. 3, 2020

September 3, 1895 The Black Blogger Celebrates Charles Hamilton Houston

In a Jim Crow segregated capital of the United States, Washington DC on September 3, 1895, a baby boy was born, Charles Hamilton Houston. His father was William Houston was the son of a former slave, was a practicing attorney while his mother Mary was a seamstress. Who would have known that this black baby boy would grow up to be the architect of the systemic plan that dismantled Jim Crow? Yes, 125 years ago today Charles Hamilton Houston was born. There will be no banners flying high in the sky celebrating the life of this magnificent black man. Well, there will probably be celebrations at the Howard University Law School where Dr. Houston plied his trade and built an army of young black attorneys that were fortified with his knowledge and expertise to take down all the vestiges of a horrendous system that kept black Americans tethered to a life of second-class citizenship and no inalienable rights in a nation forged supposedly by democratic principles of justice and freedom. Oh, there also will most likely be a celebration at the National Offices of the NAACP where Dr. Charles Hamilton Houston structured the legal foundations that swept this nation into acknowledging that it could not continue to oppress black Americans without impunity in local. state, and federal institutions. Dr. Houston set the plans in place to bring Jim Crow down to its knees. He established the methodology of action in meetings over the years with black leadership that attacked with ferocity those forces that were bent on keeping black Americans in a subservient position of power. So on this day when many of our black communities will go on with their daily activities without even thinking about the man who was responsible for the majority of educational, political, civil, social, and economic gains we enjoy today. I, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud will dive into the life of one, Charles Hamilton Houston, by reading an intellectual paper written by Florence Roisman from the Indiana University Law School. In addition, I will also read the final recorded words of Charles Hamilton Houston that directed towards his young son prior to his death in 1950. We, and I mean we in every sense of the word, every living and breathing American owes a debt of gratitude to this incredible warrior of justice. Just look around as you travel today on journeys in this nation and you will see the impact of Charles Hamilton Houston, Esquire. I know it's easy to marvel at the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkens, Ella Baker, Dorothy Height, Mary Bethune, James Farmer, Whitney Young, and Adam Clayton Powell among others but in reality, the man standing behind those all those black leaders in relative obscurity with immense power and determination was Charles Hamilton Houston. We should all honor his name today.

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Sep. 2, 2020

What The Black Man Wants - Frederick Douglass 1865

In 1865, Frederick Douglass asked and answered this question that is still perplexing African American communities in 2020. What do the Blacks want in this nation? Douglass, felt that the vote was what was the black panacea to absolute equality. Douglass also felt that blacks should be left alone to fail or succeed on his/her own merits. Well, I cannot disagree with that to some degree it would’ve have been essential to our survival to have land and resources to succeed once left alone. I still feel that we must vote and participate as citizens in this country. But we cannot be blind voters who simply look towards one political party as the end all be all to our communities concerns. Listen to my reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech in 1865.