Apr. 8, 2020

Where’s Joe?

Where’s Joe? In Hiding Of Course. He’s In The Target Age Group Of COVID 19. Tell Me Again Why Is He The Democratic Party Nominee?

Apr. 7, 2020


Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was founded on the campus of the historic Shaw University, 60 years ago. SNCC as it came to be known was the rallying call to action for the younger set of black and white students committed to seeing social and civil change in this nation. Although the organization only survived 6 years. Those years saw a contingent of black leaders who truly inspired change in our communities across the nation. Think about you may think that Black Power started in Oakland, California with the formation of the Black Panthers. But in reality you must go the SNCC’s involvement with Lowndes County, Alabama’s move to register black voter, or to that field in Greenwood, Mississippi when SCNN Coordinator Stokely Carmichael voiced Black Power during the James Meredith March Against Fear in 1966. SNCC was like a streaking star whose blaze of light was short lived but oh so powerful. Ella Baker put together the concept of SNCC and she also encouraged them to be separate and apart from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organization. In this speech she gave during the inception of SNCC, Ella Baker discussed that the organization and the movement of these young people was so much bigger than a hamburger. Had it not been for SNCC’s determination and desire for fundamental change in this nation, we would be in a terrible situation presently. That’s why we should never forget the commitment to purpose of these giants of social and civil change.

Apr. 7, 2020

Earl Graves History Maker

Rest Earl Graves on a life job done extremely well. I hate the very nature of Alzheimer’s disease because it takes away from that individual every aspect of his/her life. Recently we lost two giants Bea Smith and Earl Graves who suffered from the disease. Both Bea and Earl were prominent figures in our nation. Yet both died not recognizing their greatness personally. It is said that man only uses about 10% of it’s brain capacity in their lifetime. It seems ashamed that a disease like Alzheimer’s steals that 10% away and locks it up in the darkness of forgotten memories. You are your life experiences for better or worse. So the cruelty to snatch away memories of family, business and social greatness is the most despicable of crimes. You brain convicts you and places a darkness around your past that precludes any dialogue about yesterday. It also takes away any possibilities of tomorrow’s. Today, we honor Earl Graves, who in 1970 started a dream of Black Enterprise Magazine. If you were fortunate enough to attend or are now attending, or will in the future attend Morgan State University. You will see, or have seen Earl Graves’s name etched in stone on the Business Building on his Alma Mater’s campus. Mr. Graves loved Morgan State University and as an alumnus of Morgan State University. I can say without hesitation that all of Morgan State University loved Earl Graves back. I can only say that I hate Alzheimer’s with every thread of my body because it took away from Mr. Graves in his final hours all those precious memories that made Earl Graves one of the most special black men in the course of this nation.

Apr. 6, 2020

April 7 In America’s History William Monroe Trotter’s Birthday

William Monroe Trotter was an incredible force of nature. He was before his time by right on time in the struggle for black civil and social rights. Mr. Trotter came from a family of activists who lead the mired towards the abolition of slavery. He was directly related to Hemings family line with the Jeffersonian Americans of African Descent. Mr. Trotter put in all to ensuring that our ancestors were provided the truth in the press. His newspaper The Guardian was the ultimate voice of black communities not only in Boston where it was published but also across the nation.

In addition to fighting the white voices of oppression, Mr. Trotter fought the primary black voices of social accommodation lead by Booker T. Washington. Mr. Washington was the most notable person of color in America but that didn’t stop Mr. Trotter from challenging his views regarding racial progress in the nation, and how to achieve it. In addition to those battles Mr. Trotter was instrumental in the formation of the historic Niagara Movement which eventually lead to the formation of the NAACP.

Mr. Trotter was focused, intent, and determined. These characteristics also included a brashness that could turn off associates in the struggle. But no one questioned Monroe Trotter’s passion or his desire to get the job done. That is why two of his best encounters included confronting the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson first when Wilson attempted to hush him during a White House meeting of black leaders regarding the segregation of federal departments employees. The second when he went toe to toe with Wilson and D.W. Griffins on that god awful film, The Birth of a Nation. Which Wilson had the audacity of showing to a White House audience.

You couldn’t hush William Monroe Trotter not a President or any other person if Mr. Trotter knew he was on the right side of justice. As the years went by the stress of constant battles took there toll on William Monroe Trotter and he took his own life. But in reality America took his life for Mr. Trotter couldn’t bear to continue to fight a battle that seemingly had no end. Today, I celebrate his birthday but more than that I would like our black communities to put William Monroe Trotter on the highest of pedestals for delivering services to our people’s. The impact of his valuable work is still evident today. I read the book Black Radical on my reading project, The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project. So many of my followers are familiar with William Monroe Trotter because many of the books I’ve read mentioned him. Today we should cherish the man and his spirit for that spirit should be in each of us who strive for a compassionate and just society.

Apr. 6, 2020

Barrier Breaker Bobby Mitchell Rest In Peace

When I was kid growing up in Baltimore we were lucky that our Baltimore Colts didn’t look at skin color first when choosing its players. They may have looked at skin color but when superior talent was exposed then the player’s color was not the first deciding factor. Maybe that’s why the Baltimore Colts were constantly playing winning football. While the Baltimore Colts had Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Big Daddy Lipscomb, Johnny Sample, and Sherman Plunkett leading the team to championships. The team 40 miles south the Washington Redskins were were a lily white football team owned by George Preston Marshall and because he owned the team skin color did in fact matter. More than the team’s name was racist. The Redskin entire management was locked on white.

At the end of 1961 season the NFL and the Federal Government forced the issue of integration on the bigoted Marshall. Since the Redskins had the #1 pick they traded the draft pick which turned out to be Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Mitchell. Hence, Bobby Mitchell became the first player of color to suit up for the now integrated Washington Redskins. The Redskins lucked out with this trade because Ernie Davis never played a down of football for the Browns because of his leukemia diagnosis and eventual death. While Bobby Mitchell continued to perform at a Hall of Fame level for a mediocre Washington Redskin team. It wasn’t until Vince Lombardi and George Allen arrived in the Nation’s Capital did the image of race fairness in player selection come to pass.

I always disliked the Washington Redskins but I loved watching Bobby Mitchell play. Bobby Mitchell passed away yesterday at the age of 84. He not only changed the reflection of skin color on the football field in Washington. Mr Mitchell also served on the management team for the Washington Football Team. The only task that Bobby Mitchell didn’t complete in his final journey yesterday was the name change to a more honorable name. I am sure that Mr. Mitchell was dedicated to the burgundy and gold colors of the Washington Football Team but I also feel that Mr. Mitchell cringed at the team insignia. Mr. Mitchell was at the forefront of racial equality and racial fairness in his life. So, if the Washington Football Team wants to pay tribute to the greatest offensive player in the team’s history it should change the name in his honor. Mr. Mitchell spent the major portion of his life working for the Washington Football Team and I am sure he doesn’t want Redskins represented at his memorial services.