Apr. 11, 2020

April 12th Resting In Glory Baker, Robinson, and Louis Black Excellence

April 12 in 2020 is Resurrection Sunday but in previous years April 12 was the day that we lost three of the most dynamic entertainers in America’s history. Yes, that's right 3 incredibly unforgettable talents all past on April 12. I want to salute these superstars today. You see each one was unique in there own big way. Two of these found stardom in a boxing ring and the third was one of the most beautiful women that nature ever produced.

Josephine Baker, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Louis each provided our ancestors so many thrills and chills. Josephine Baker had talent and beauty beyond measure. But Ms. Baker also had race pride that didn't gel with the Jim Crow tactics in venues she was asked to perform in. I mean Josephine Baker refused to bow down to this nation's bigotry and hatred. Rather than accept the dirty money of segregation Ms. Baker left monies on the table and moved away from America. She left her homeland and instead became a national war hero in her newly adopted country, France. Josephine Baker was the only woman who spoke to the assembled crowd on August 28, 1963. You know Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic I have a dream speech day. What is a marvelous human being who adopted children of multiple races in order to provide them love and affection?

Sugar Ray Robinson brought flair, finesse, power, speed, and incredible endurance to the boxing ring. That flair also was with the Sugarman when he was out and about. I mean pound for pound there is no doubt that Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest boxer of his or anyone else's generation. His ring victories gave our black communities across the nation so much pride. I mean in a time when Jim Crow was the major opponent for black Americans it was a relief that almost every month for a period of years they could depend on Sugar Ray Robinson to lay a whipping on some boxer be he white or black.

Finally, Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber who is said to be the top heavyweight boxer of all time. Well, the entire nation rode the back of Joe Louis when the Nazis were acclimating power in the 1930s’. It was Joe Louis who silenced any notion of white Nazi supremacy when he demolished Max Schmeling in Yankee Stadium. It was Joe Louis whose boxing victories we're reason enough for huge celebrations in black communities across this nation. It was Joe Louis who never turned his back on this country even though this country never truly loved Joe Louis for his commitment to democracy and fair racial play. Wow, April 12th a day that took these three great individuals from us. Let us rejoice in the memories of Baker, Louis, and Robinson today. As the history of this nation shouldn't be blind to the contributions of blackness.

Apr. 10, 2020

Don't Let This Get You

The Europeans snatched us from our homeland put us in chains and sent us to a faraway land. Then those same Europeans basically forced up to build this land while we are in chains and they are raining down pain on us and economic gain for them. Then those Europeans not satisfied paying the King’s bounty took control of this stolen land kept the black chains and stole any hope of black rights gains. Freedom secured and slavery endured, guaranteed booty restored, a constitution established with fractions not any humane distractions. Finally a civil strife that cut this nation in two like a sharpened knife. They introduced 3 amendments to secure some equal rights but the paper that they were written on blighted at night when night riders provided terror at first sight. The Crow’s Jim and Jane crashed our dreams and stole each and every supposed right. Even had some black folks saying don't put up a damn fight.Wilmington,Rosewood, Greenwood, and even Washington DC saw rights torched as our black bodies were switched. Birth of a Nation renewed the Rebirth of the Klan, all we could say then was goddamn that fucking white man. Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito made a mad trio but white southerners were surely not black American heroes. We fought for the survival of democracy over there but over here was where walking while black caused inner fear. The GI Bill lifted white soldiers up the ladder of success while black American soldiers were saddled with economic distress. So please don't complain, Mr. Blackman, because this nation cannot handle any civic unrest. Emmitt floating in the Tallahatchie, Rosa saying no more, and Martin telling all of black Montgomery it's time to settle the score. Birmingham was bombing, Malcolm was saying it's no longer time for any tomming. Sitting at a lunch counter was a right of black passage but Ella cried out it's more than any burger. Stokely shouted out black power and white folks came down from those ivory towers. LBJ sic’ed the FBI on King damn if they didn't synchronized his phone ring. Huey called for armed resistance. Put Huey in jail and refused any calls that came long distance. Nixon says I got a plan to flood the cities with drugs and pull out the legal rug fill the jails up and label them black thugs. Reagan took the same plan to buy his weapons for international destruction and Clinton with his sax in hand joined the Nixon and Reagan band. We’re not winning a number of us spend our Sunday's in church so we are certainly not sinning. So why is it always the white man who ends up grinning? Now this microscopic killer has a plan to fill the black bodies in untold graves.All we need to do they avoid this damn mess and all this untold stress is to stay in your homes. You know just don't roam. But it's hot inside and the electric company says no more free rides. So where in the hell is a black person supposed to hide? It seems that they have been after us for quite some time, 400 years plus it my damn mind. So don't let this virus limit your lifespan’s time because if you do that will truly be crime, dying without getting one damn dime.

Apr. 9, 2020

Celebrating Howard Thurman, A Spiritual Icon, A Mentor To Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Keep alive the dream; for as long as a man has a dream in his heart, he cannot lose the significance of living.”
Howard Thurman

“Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman

“A man is a man, no more, no less. The awareness of this fact marks the supreme moment of human dignity.”
Howard Thurman

Dr. Howard Thurman was born on November 18, 1900, he passed away on April 10, 1981.

Howard Thurman was the embodiment​ of spiritual greatness. Today I read from a document I secured online from the​ Morehouse​ College archives, Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, At The Intersection Where Worlds Collide. Dr. Thurman had a profound effect on Martin Luther King Jr. especially following his near-death experience in Harlem in 1958. Join The Black Blogger as I share this powerful reading which I believe was a forward of the book Where Worlds Collide. It seems that men like Howard Thurman now are few and far between but in order for our communities to fully prosper we need the words of Dr. Thurman to continue to educate today’s and tomorrow’s black leaders. Just as Dr. Thurman challenged Martin Luther King to stretch his philosophy towards justice for all. He can provide that same directive thought to others.

There is always that one person who changes the course of history and never receives the credit for that accomplishment. Rev. Howard Thurman is that man to me because had not Howard Thurman been so instrumental in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who knows if Dr. King path been completely different. Of course, it's quite possible that Dr. King would've seen the ultimate messenger of civil nonviolence that he became in this nation's history. But I am sure that when Martin Luther King Jr. was at the crossroads of deciding his eventual spiritual path having a voice like Howard Thurman in his ears had to be a positive voice. As we look back on April 10, 1981, when Dr. Reverend Howard Thurman passed away. I salute this magnificent spiritual giant. For as sure as you should canonize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , you should remember and honor one of his most powerful mentors Howard Thurman.

Apr. 9, 2020

Paul Leroy Robeson

Paul Robeson was a man without peers. This nation should have revered and placed Paul Robeson on a pedestal of legendary status. Yet, Paul Robeson made one mistake that this nation couldn't ignore. Paul Robeson was born to be a proud and defiant black man. For that reason Paul Robeson’s legendary feats and human rights victories we're erased from America’s history books. Black communities across this nation should celebrate Paul Robeson but today on his 122nd birthday, Paul Robeson is virtually ignored. Today let me read words from a speech Paul Robeson gave in 1949 a time when Paul Robeson could’ve been living comfortably. Paul Robeson was challenging America's systems of inequality and human injustice.

Apr. 8, 2020

Dr. Benjamin Mays April 9, 1968 Eulogy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Eulogy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had two eulogies on April, 9, 1968. The first was given by his closest friend Ralph David Abernathy at Dr. King’s church Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia. This eulogy between best friends wàs poignant and quite emotional. The second historic eulogy was given on the campus of Martin Luther King Jr.’s undergraduate college Morehouse College by Morehouse President Dr. Benjamin Mays. This is the reading I am doing today. On the 52th anniversary of the burial date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Five days after his murder in Memphis, TN the nation was still torn apart with strife. Dr. Mays stepped forward and attempted to heal some of the open wounds that were inflicted on black and white communities by Dr. King’s murder. Dr. Mays and Dr. King had made a pact that either one of them would preach the eulogy of the other when either passed. Of course, Dr. Mays being much older than Dr. King always assumed that his former student would preach his eulogy not vice-versa. Yet, on that early Spring day in Atlanta, Dr. Benjamin Mays gave one of his most powerful speeches regarding his friend and former student, Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope you have the chance to listen to each word of the eulogy. It moved the crowd in attendance as well as the nation to understand that in order for Dr King's murder not to be in vain. The nation, this nation, had to change from a path of hate and bigotry to a path of love and equality.