May. 21, 2020

The Black Blogger Celebrates May 22 “Claude McKay and Langston Hughes”

Just give me 20 minutes of your time to celebrate some of the magnificent works of Claude McKay and Langston Hughes who passed on to eternity on this day in 1948, Claude McKay, and in 1967, Langston Hughes. Only 19 years separated their passing but both men bought magic and messages to their verses.

The Black Blogger will read a dozen or so poems that keep should our consciousness alive in black communities during a period of racial strife in America. You have to comprehend that although decades may have passed many of the issues that suppressed our growth still remains. You must be able to read in order to be blessed to comprehend the greatness of both men. Whose words still are relevant​ to our current condition in this nation. America was never ever America to me still is a phrase that embodies black life in this nation in 2020.

May. 20, 2020

Next Selection The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project

Are you enjoying the SNCC SALUTES this month on my blog? There is quite a deal of history to be uncovered for our communities to learn about. Not everyone can make it to Washington DC to visit the African American Museum. I am also looking forward to the next book on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project, Straight Licks With A Crooked Stick written by the greatest black woman author of the Harlem Renaissance, Ms. Zora Neale Hurston starting Thursday May 21, 2020. This evening we complete the reading aloud of The Shield and the Sword: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

May. 18, 2020

Interview With Malcolm X Evolving

On January​ 18, 1965,​ a little more than a month before his murder at the Audubon Ballroom. Malcolm X gave an interview to the Young Socialist Alliance. In memory, 55 years after his death I will read the contents of that interview today on my blog, May 19, 2020 which is the 95th anniversary of his birthday.

Rest In Power Malcolm X.

May. 17, 2020

Cleveland Sellers A Living Legend Voices From SNCC

Cleveland “Cleve” Sellers as he was known to the friends he had in the Freedom Movement was a black man built to battle injustice. When Cleveland Sellers arrived on Howard University’s campus in the Fall of 1962, his sole mission was to utterly destroy the barriers of segregation that had infected this nation. He created the organization NAG at Howard University which stood for the Nonviolent Action Group. Cleveland Sellers befriended Stokely Carmichael while at Howard University and both of their lives would never be the same. Cleveland Sellers dedicated those years to the uplift of southern blacks handcuffed by Jim Crow. He was a member of SNCC. He went to McComb, Mississippi and met Amzie Moore and others in that community who nurtured him as he educated them on the rights guaranteed them by US Constitution. When Stokely made his black power speech during the 1966 March Against Fear in Greenwood, Mississippi, Cleveland Sellers was there to support the effort. When Cleveland Sellers returned home in the late 60s’ to South Carolina he was in Orangeburg, South Carolina when 4 students were murdered by the storm troopers of South Carolina. Just like his friend Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, Cleveland Sellers was charged with inciting a riot and was imprisoned for 7 months. The fact that the charges were trumped up made no difference. He was black and therefore he was presumed guilty. How many young people today don’t know the name Cleveland Sellers and his importance to the rights there enjoy today? Yes, Cleveland Sellers was another passionate, determined, bold black voice of change who represented the uplift of our efforts to achieve racial equality. The voice of SNCC. A voice that should be lifted on the pinnacle of greatness.

May. 16, 2020

Historical Mirage of May 17, 1954, My Thoughts

Today we look back 66 years to the Brown judicial decision by the Earl Warren Supreme Court. I would like to discuss my personal thoughts on people and events that have impacted my life. Today, I will discuss the "mirage of May 17, 1954" which I feel has had more destructive power to our black communities than we have certainly acknowledged. Today, I am thinking about how the black leadership had this insatiable desire to be included in white society lead to economic exclusion as well as the economic destruction​ of so many of our great black institutions. Judge Derrick Bell in his book Silent Convenants felt that the decision by the Warren Court has failed to be implemented and it has negatively impacted black communities. In 1966, Dr. King in a speech in Jackson, Mississippi said that blacks had segregated into a burning society. Things haven’t improved in so many black communities whether they be economic, educational, housing, health, judicial equality that you have to question whether or not the Warren Court truly wanted to have the decision implemented or was that decision was simply a mirage.