Nov. 19, 2019


This is first day on an actual desktop computer in Florida. Although, it isn't mine it is quite a bit better than working from my iPhone posting on my blog. The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Florida Edition is still a little ways a way because my desktop is currently in storage in Maryland. I hope that within the next 10 days or before December 1, 2019, The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project will be up and running. I will be finishing reading Escape On The Pearl which is the book that I was reading before I moved.

Once that book is completed I will be reading Erica Armstrong Dunbar's new book about Harriet Tubman, She Came To Slay on The Blackman's Read Aloud Hour Project Florida Edition. I hope that you will join me on my continuing journey of uplifting not only black knowledge but also black universal literacy. One hour of reading a day helps keep our communities fresh with knowledge of our historic black past.

Also in the meantime please visit my blog because now that I can use the desktop station at my new residence technology center. I will continue to post daily on my blog.

Nov. 19, 2019

From Lincoln To Trump Remembering The Gettysburg Address

156 years ago today as the great majority our ancestors were enslaved in Confederate states and some free blacks dreamt of a day in which they would gain a measure of human dignity and freedom in these United States of America. Racism abounded in this country in 1863. From those white oppressors who sought to keep us in chains. Our ancestors were considered no more valuable than the mule pulling the plow or the cows who provided the morning milk. Even the white abolitionists who sought the end of the systematic suppression of those chains felt our ancestors were not equal in status to any white man. The nation was in the midst of a great battle white brother against white brother battling to either keep the system of slavery flourishing or fighting to end that system of slavery. Those in the northern states were fighting not so much to free our ancestors but were fighting to end the system of free labor that gave the southern slaveholding plantation owners, mill owners, and manufacturing owners unfair economic advantages that enabled them to build incredible amounts of wealth.

Even the President of the Union, Abraham Lincoln sought the total removal of every black soul from America as a solution to this problem. Lincoln also was willing to support slavery's continuation if that solution can cease the war between the Confederacy and the Union forces. The caveat was that slavery maintains its position and now be extended westward during the Union States' plans to implement Manifest Destiny over its western territories. So when Lincoln spoke on that Thursday, November 19, 1863, briefly to give a dedicatory speech at Gettysburg Battlefield when a costly Union victory gave hope to those seeking an end to this Civil War. He, Lincoln was in the midst of considering if he would even win reelection in 1864. His Presidency stood on shaky ground with the election less than a year away.

The fact that the Union held a sizable military advantage over the Confederacy in no ways assured the Union a victory on the battlefields. The white citizens of the northern states were tired of this war, the huge human sacrifice and they were looking for either a total victory or a compromise with the Confederacy to end the hostilities. This must be fully comprehended in 1863 both white southerners and white northerners the never truly believed that our black ancestors were their equals.

Then President Lincoln walked to the makeshift podium and gave his most historical oratory. This speech placed the burden of ending the conflict on the Confederacy but it also promised an end to slavery eventually but not immediately. Had the south accepted the emancipation decree slavery would have continued but the expansion of slavery beyond its current borders would have ceased. Here are those words spoken by Lincoln 156 years ago:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

It is that address that I remember today on my blog. That we as a nation still are fighting the sins of racial inequality and racial injustice. Also, how did the party of Lincoln become the party of Trump? How did the party of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment become the party that is now equated to black voting rights cessation in 2019? How did the party that gave the bully pulpit to Abraham Lincoln become the party who now gave that bully pulpit to a race agitator like Donald Trump? How could the party that consecrated the grounds of Gettysburg become the party of a leader who ignored American veterans of their day of celebration? How, we can only answer these questions with this response for as much as the United States has moved towards some aspects of human equality. Still many of the same attitudinal feelings of racial animist that existed in 1863 still exist in 2019. So that is how a Republican Lincoln became Republican Trump and a great deal of America population still longs for the days of Confederate power.

Should we have learned from our forefathers that we are a people of the people a nation that has struggled to right the wrongs of the most unjust system of slavery? We still fight and most continue to fight until we don't see the color of a man's skin but only the content of that man's character.

Can God Bless America?
Or Does Hate For One Another Still Cascade Like A Rushing Waterfall?

Nov. 18, 2019

Celebrating The Birth Of Howard Thurman, A Spiritual Icon

“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 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 educate today’s and tomorrow’s black leaders. Just as Dr. Thurman challenged Martin Luther King to stretch his philosophy towards justice for all. His. Words can provide that same directive thought to others.

Nov. 17, 2019


Our communities are in turmoil. Our institutions are in danger of collapsing. It seems that respect and responsibility have taken a back door to confrontation and denial. Last week in a Prince George’s County Public High School (LARGO HS) you couldn’t tell the difference between the adult and the child. As a classroom teacher went full out WWE on a student in front of her entire classroom of students. Of course in this age of digital production the entire scene was played back for the entire DMV and the worldwide net to preview immediately. The sad part is that 2 blacks were involved in the fisticuffs and the classroom of students were black as well. This physical confrontation is an example of the sad state of affairs that illustrates not only the breakdown in respect between teacher and student but also the continued breakdown in our communities between adults and children. There was a time when only the best and brightest of our communities became teachers. Obviously that has changed and now some teachers back into school building so that when they exit at the final bell. They simply back out again because they truly don’t want to do anything face front with pride. Many students go to school only long enough to meet the age requirement before they back out of this failing educational system as well. You have black students leaving schools with an inability to truly read simple text forget about reading complex texts. You have black students unable to solve simple algebraic expressions, simple computation formulas forget about being able to fully understand the complex language needed for today’s technology resources. That is why students disrespect teachers and teachers have little need for some of their students. Could that frustration that is rising up in our classrooms be the reason why Vivian Noirie felt the need to go totally combat on that student last week? Who knows? One thing is certain we have got to do a great deal better or our communities will continue to collapse.

Nov. 16, 2019

It’s A Game That Colin Kaepernick Should’ve Avoided

Can you imagine a Super Bowl Quarterback having to have a league tryout to prove that he still had the good to compete on the football field? Do you think that currently injured Quarterback for the Washington Redskins Alex Smith who lost his job to a Quarterback now forced to have a tryout will have to prove his ability to play the game? Smith will have been out the league for more than 2 years but I’m sure a team will offer Alex Smith a guaranteed contract without a league-wide tryout. So today’s league-wide tryout for Colin Kaepernick isn’t a win for fair treatment by the NFL. It is simply an opportunity for those teams to have an opportunity to say no without have to have any public ridicule. Colin Kaepernick is definitely one of the best 32 athlete playing the position of quarterback professionally in the world. Yet only 11 of 32 teams will show up in Atlanta today to watch this public spectacle of a black man attempting to prove his worth. Is this no different than the slave auctions in our past history when bucks had to perform before the white masters at human auctions? I wish we still didn’t have to prove our worth to a white system of supremacy but we do. This isn’t a win for justice no matter how you look at it. It is simply another an example of the 40 million dollar slave syndrome that has infected our culture. I wish Colin Kaepernick would’ve said hell no to this public display but voices like Steven A. Smith would have taken him to task for not playing or taking part in this foolishness. Colin Kaepernick simply kneeled against the pervasive conditions of oppression that many blacks face on a daily basis in this nation. He didn’t commit treason or high crimes or misdemeanors that our current president is accused of. Yet,many in our communities see this as a win for justice is it that. Today’s tryout is a continuation of the environment of injustice that blacks collectively have faced for more than four centuries. Another provoked thought for justice. Just don’t show up Colin Kaepernick. Don’t play the game.