Dec. 5, 2019

Founding Date December 5, 1935 National Council Of Negro Women

December 5, 1935
The founding of the National Council Of Negro Women 84 years years ago by the majestic educator and black woman leader Mary McLeod Bethune was a giant step forward for not only the advancement of black women but also the entirety of our black nation. The organization whose offices still exists on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington DC lead the fight for equality civilly and socially in this nation. We must remember the impact that this in other organizations had in our move towards freedom.

America's Town Meeting of the Air, New York City
November 23, 1939

Let me speak the words that Ms. Bethune spoke about democracy 4 years after the founding of this organization.

Dec. 5, 2019

Before Martin, Malcolm, and Medgar There Was Vernon Johns Setting The Stage In Montgomery Alabama

The Blackman's Blog salutes the awesomeness of Reverend Vernon Johns who stood strong against oppression and bigotry when others whimpered and hid. I know not many of the past two generations may have heard of Reverend Johns but he was a pit bull for justice and tenacious fighter for black rights. The sermon they are killing negroes shocked and inspired action. Vernon Johns set the stage for the action of December 5, 1955. If anyone deserves a huge statue for recognition of his fearlessness it is Vernon Johns. On my blog as I recognize and remember The Montgomery Bus Boycott I cannot nor will not forget the amazing Reverend Vernon Johns.

Dec. 4, 2019

#JoeSmokeBlackThoughts Saluting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Arousing Black Consciousness"

Salute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
December 5, 1955

You are 26-years-old just married, recently awarded your Ph.D. in theology and you have begun your ministry career in Montgomery Alabama. The furthermost thought in your mind is leading a movement for justice or civil rights in this new city you now call home. The deacons of the church you work at just let go of the previous minister, Vernon Johns because of his being a vocal dissenter of the treatment blacks were facing in the city due to Jim Crow mandates. Reverend Johns had been deemed too controversial, they were looking for a young moderate voice and because they knew the religious history of your grandfather and father in Atlanta, Georgia, the King's of Ebenezer Baptist Church, they considered you the safe choice.

However, on December 1, 1955, on a Montgomery, Alabama public transit bus a strong-willed black woman decided that enough was indeed absolutely enough. Rosa Parks decided that no longer would she simply allow the indignities and restrictions of an immoral Jim Crow to control her. It was time that the white powers of Montgomery, Alabama to recognize that Black Mongomerians were due the respect that was given to the white citizenry of that city. No longer would she accept bowing down to the city's rules of segregation simply because of the color of her skin.

The Supreme Court had overruled in 1954 the separate but equal doctrine of 1896 but that judgment was simply being ignored by the southern states, Alabama was one of the most confrontational states against equal rights for its black citizens. Southern states, hell, to be completely honest the entire nation, coast to coast was ruled by a power fed by the white institutions of racism. White Americans of all creeds and religions felt embolden and many of these White Americans felt that Black America was not capable of being full-classed citizens. In the south where Rosa Parks lived her entire life, Jim Crow had been the law of the land since the dismantling of Reconstruction almost 75 years earlier. Jim Crow forbids blacks from functioning as nothing more than a servant class to the whites who controlled every aspect of power.

So on the evening of December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks made a conscious decision to stand up or rather stay seated on that Montgomery City Public Bus. Her, stance, her arrest aroused the city. Rosa's action
against that dastardly racist system on refused by sitting and not moving Rosa Parks stirred a city infected by bigotry and hatred. Her act also aroused that 26-year-old minister to consider being the voice for change, the voice to bring down at least this one element of institutional racism. It was an international decision, it was a personal decision. I am not quite sure if those same deacons who sent Vernon Johns packing would've agreed for Martin King to be the spokesman had they truly understood the future ramifications.

So four days later, December 5, 1944, in a Montgomery, Alabama church a new heroic, fearless voice of a people was identified. Martin King announced that Montgomery Alabama's black citizens would no longer submit openly to racial oppression without direct action and united opposition. Martin King's voice and message along with the determined effort of the black citizens of Montgomery, Alabama motivated a core of Black Americans across this nation that hope did exist. The hope of being respected, the hope of being no longer ignored, hope of educating their children equally, the hope of the ability to compete for jobs and opportunities. Yet, before Martin King stepped to the pulpit that evening Martin King was perplexed as to whether he was the voice to deliver that message of hope. However, after this historic speech which I will read today. It was evident to the more than 5,000 people in those church pews as well as standing that Martin Luther King was indeed to man to deliver the message.

Until his murder 13 years, on the balcony of a Memphis, Tennessee motel this troubled nation and the world couldn't ignore Martin Luther King's passion for peace and justice. They tried to ignore his voice by the morality of his message was simply too strong for those who goal was maintaining ​and feeding racial injustice. Today, on the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King I provide my 4th and final salute magnifying his greatness. That evening in Montgomery, Alabama when Martin King along with the actions of Rosa Parks aroused a city bent on black suppression to open there eyes to the possibility of hope.​

Dec. 4, 2019

July 12, 1899 Edgar Daniel "E.D." Nixon Was Born Lowndes County, Alabama The Orginator

“I once told a tale about a young man who had a basket full of puppies. He was going down the street trying to sell them and he stopped at a lady’s house and asked her, ‘Madam, would you like to have a puppy?’ She asked, ‘How much are they?’ ‘Twenty-five cents.’ She looked at them and said, ‘They beautiful, but no. I reckon not.’
“So he went home and the next morning the woman called and said, ‘Son, have you got any more of those puppies?’ ‘Yes, mmm.’ She said, ‘How much did you say they are?’ ‘Fifty cents.’ She said, ‘Why are they 50 cents today when yesterday you said they were a quarter?’ He said, ‘Their eyes are open.’
“So the gist of the story is the Negro in the South will not be sold for a quarter anymore. His eyes are open.” ​

E.D. Nixon was the originator​ of the ​Montgomery Alabama 1955-1956 Bus Boycott. He was the founding force behind the organization The Montgomery Improvement Association. While others may have received the plateaus​. It was the vision of E.D. Nixon who served the citizens up with the plan of boycotting the municipal buses of Montgomery, Alabama. It was E.D. Nixon who choose Rosa Parks as the person to stand behind as once she refused to relinquish her seat on the bus on December 1, 1955. It was E.D. Nixon who​ called the ministers to get their support for the mass meeting that was held on December 5, 1955. One thing that I wish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had done was to allow E.D. Nixon to travel with him to Oslo, Norway when he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

In history, the name E.D. Nixon isn't well known but in reality, our civil rights history would've been quite different had not E.D. Nixon not been in Montgomery, Alabama fighting for the rights of black people. When the 10th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott was celebrated in 1965 the city leaders, the civil rights leaders didn't invite E.D. Nixon to participate. That was an enormous mistake, one that never should have occurred. However, today The Black Blogger celebrates the life accomplishments of Edgar Daniel Nixon on the 120th anniversary of his birth.

Dec. 4, 2019

Race Unity: Ferdinand L. Barnett: May 9, 1879

As Black Reconstruction was about to end in this nation Ferdinand L. Barnett spoke to the need for racial unity. Ferdinand Barnett was maybe more known as the husband of Ida Wells Barnett the emphatic voice and power against lynching but he was truly more than that. In this speech he addressed many complex issues we still face in our community more than 140 years later. As we enter what many said is a new era of Black Reconstruction we must revisit the words of our ancestors and learn from them. I present today Ferdinand L. Barnett’s words from 1879 with a hope that our communities will listen intently to them to gain knowledge and direction towards some real semblance of racial unity. This is the Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project taking the opportunity to share some history and knowledge to my supporters and those who may have first learned about my aim. That being the elevation of black knowledge and the uplift of black universal literacy in all of our communities.