Aug. 31, 2020

Coach Big John Thompson

John Thompson Jr. was the very first African American Head Coach to win the Division 1 NCAA College Basketball Tournament. When his 1984 Georgetown Hoya team beat the Houston Cougars for the crown as America’s greatest college basketball team that season. However, no matter how great that accomplishment what I will remember most about John Thompson’s coaching career is his comforting Fred Brown after Fred Brown’s on the court error in mistakenly passing the basketball to Sam Worthy as the Georgetown Hoyas were attempting to win that first NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT in 1982. That showed the nature of the greatness that was John Thompson. How he handled that situation because he could’ve stewed and went off on the mistake of Fred Brown. But in that moment John knew that Fred Brown needed a coach with compassion not a win driven coach. Because even in defeat John Thompson made Fred Brown’s worst moment a teaching moment of handling the trials and tribulations of life.

Aug. 30, 2020

August 30, 1901, The Celebration Roy Wilkins Birthday We’re Not Turning Back The Clock America

The Blackman Read Aloud Project
Roy Wilkins
The Clock Will Not Be Turned Back

In the 1950s' and 1960s' black leadership for the struggle for civil rights comprised of the Big Four Organizations, the NAACP, Urban League, CORE, and SCLC. Some will say the Big Six if you include SNCC and the National Organization of Negro Women. The leaders were Roy Farmer (CORE), Whitney Young (Urban League), Dr. Martin Luther King (SCLC), Dorothy Height (National Organization of Negro Women), John Lewis (SNCC) and the leader of the most powerful organization Roy Wilkins (NAACP). These leaders met on a monthly basis to establish strategies and procedures in the struggle to attain civil and equal rights for peoples of color in this nation.

Today, we celebrate the 119th birthday of Mr. Roy Wilkins, who was followed Walter White as the Executive Director of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People. Roy Wilkins served in that capacity of Executive Director for the NAACP for 22 years from 1955 through 1977. During that period of time, Roy Wilkins shepherded the NAACP through some of the most critical struggles for civil rights in this nation. Roy Wilkins was a strict integrationist. Roy Wilkins felt that only through integration would colored people in this nation gain any level of civil or equal rights.

Although looking back through 20/20 hindsight many people in our communities of color may now question the actions and strategies of the NAACP in relationship to the goal of racial integration. No one should ever question the grit, determination, willpower or desire of Mr. Roy Wilkins to expend every ounce of his energies seeking equality for colored people of this nation.

63 years ago in October 1957, Roy Wilkins gave a speech that is just as relevant in 2020 as it was in 1957. As many in our nation are calling for a return to the bygone days of white supremacy. Roy Wilkins told an audience of white and black people that the clock of racial injustice and racial neglect would not be turned back. That same message should be on the lips of every American today. This nation can ill afford to make the same mistakes of divisiveness and racial hatred that tore this nation apart. We must begin to truly mend the fences of the racial divide and create a nation of antiracists committed to the goal of a unified society.

In 1957 Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was next to Rev. Martin Luther King, the most recognized civil rights leader in the nation. In October of that year, he addressed the Commonwealth Club of California five weeks after mobs in Little Rock, Arkansas, attempted to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School. The defiant governor, Orval Faubus, called on Arkansas National Guard troops to keep the students out, but President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to protect them. The school had been desegregated by a court order resulting from a 1954 landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education. Wilkins spoke on the crisis facing not only black Americans but the future of the United States during the Cold War. So America understands​ that even in these dire times of racial conflicts. When some people are actually contemplating turning back the historical clock on our freedoms and liberties. This will never happen because black people of sound minds and hearts will awaken and not allow any rollback on justice. This I firmly believe. However, we must ensure that our children READ, READ, READ, LEARN, LEARN, LEARN to ensure that they understand what battles our ancestors have been fought and won. So that those battles need not be fought again.​

Aug. 29, 2020

Money Rules In Politics Don’t Be No Fool

"When it costs millions of dollars to pursue a single congressional seat, tens of millions of dollars to pursue a single senatorial seat, and multiple hundreds of millions of dollars to pursue the presidency no matter the political party. How can this country’s political leadership even form its lips to say “we the people”? No matter the political party the candidate represents he/she is brought and sold to his/her corporate supporters. So, until big money interests are eliminated from the political process we will forever have a federal government that services those interest first and the people interests are way down the policy line for political action. Money rules and people well? There are simply political tools, or could we be political fools?"

Aug. 29, 2020

God’s Gift


Aug. 28, 2020

Chadwick Boseman Rest With The Elders Young Brother

Chadwick Boseman died today at the age of 43 of colon cancer. This disease is an absolute beast on the African American community. It doesn’t care if you or rich, poor, accomplished in life or not, the only thing is cares about is ravaging your body if it isn’t diagnosed in time. I am sorry about Chadwick Boseman’s death because he is leaving his wife and two young children. His mark on this world was on the big screen from Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, T’Challa the Black Panther, 21 Bridges, James Brown, Message From The King, Gods of Egypt, Da 5 Bloods, and Draft Day all of Mr. Boseman’s roles revealed his impeccable acting talents. He was surely going to be this generations Denzel Washington or Sidney Poitier. Now Chadwick Boseman has joined the masters in eternal rest. Gone way too soon. Cancer is a damn beast and 2020 continues to be the year that keeps giving out heartbreak and heartache.