Oct. 1, 2019

Joe Black , Morgan State College Graduate, October 1, 1952 Made Sports History

If you are a graduate of Morgan State University, or even if you attended Morgan State University and didn't graduate or if you are one of many friends and followers of Morgan State University, today October 1, 2019, is a special day in the history of our fair Morgan. On October 1, 1952, 5 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Joe Black, a graduate of Morgan State College while pitching for those same Brooklyn Dodgers became the very first black pitcher to win a World Series Game. Joe Black started games 1, 4, and 7 in the 1952 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodger's vaulted enemy across town in the borough of the Bronx, the New York Yankees. Joe Black pitched and won Game 1, 4-2 beating Yankee pitcher Allie Reynolds. That win was quite an accomplishment because due to the ill-fated color line in major league baseball. Joe Black was late arriving in the major leagues. Joe Black was a 28-years-old rookie in 1952 due to the color of his skin. He was the roommate of Jackie Robinson while he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Joe Black was a 1950 graduate of Morgan State College. He earned that degree during the off-season. Because before playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Joe Black was a pitcher for the Baltimore Elite Giants. After his baseball playing career ended Joe Black became a physical education teacher in New Jersey. Then he became a corporate executive for the Greyhound Bus Company. Joe Black was a single parent who won full custody of his daughter, Martha Joe Black. He will teach anyone who would listen that his greatest accomplishment in life was being the sole provider for his daughter. I will tell you that in addition to raising his daughter what Joe Black did on October 1, 1952, 57 years ago today was pretty damn significant. Because Joe Black overcame the odds and made sports history. He started a tradition that pitchers like Bob Gibson, Vida Blue, Dock Ellis, CC Sabathia, Dwight Gooden, David Price, Pedro Martinez, Al Downing followed pitching and winning games in major league baseball's Fall Classic, The World Series. As we begin another baseball postseason this afternoon. I will remember that Joe Black set the standard for pitching excellence in a World Series on October 1, 1952. It was time when this nation's period of racial disbelief that men of color didn't have the mental acuity to be successful baseball pitchers. Joe Black of Morgan State College proved them wrong, remember that today!

Sep. 30, 2019

Update: The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project

These are 78 titled e-books that I have read on The Blackman’s Read Aloud Hour over the past 39 months. The purpose of my program is four-fold, first is to illuminate the issue of black illiteracy in that permeates in our communities, second is to use the read-aloud format to share the historical journey of Americans of African Descent, third is to hopefully encourage members of our community to begin reading as a tool to gain knowledge, and forth and most important develop communities of universally strategic readers.  These titles aren’t the only books I have shared on my social media read-aloud project. However, in my mind, they encompass the most important aspects of my project. For it is my belief that being able to read enables an individual to become historically fluent, thus that individual becomes a more able and competent citizen in our country.  There should be no reason why every person capable of being a strategic comprehending reader doesn’t attain the level of reading proficiency. 


1. The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass

2. The Portable Frederick Douglass

3. Down To The Crossroads

4. Be Free Or Die: Robert Smalls

5. Stokely: A Life

6. He Calls Me By Lightning: Caliph Washington

7. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers

8. Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations

9.  Death of A King: Tavis Smiley

10. Silent Covenants: Brown v. Bd. Of Ed.

11. Writings From WEB DuBois

12. The Senator and the Sharecropper: Fannie Lou Hamer

14. Say It Loud

15. The Covenant With Black America: Tavis Smiley

16. They Say: Ida B. Wells

17. Never Caught: The Relentless Pursuit of Ona Judge By George/Martha Washington 

18. Lay This Body Down

19. A Knock At Midnight

20. Black History: History in an Hour

21. Say It Plain

22. Red Summer 

23. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community

24. Seeds of Revolution

25. Why We Can't-Wait

26. Living Black History

27. Breaking The Line

28. The Warmth of Other Sons

29. Souls Of Black Folks

  1. Radio Free Dixie: Robert Franklin Williams
  2. The Road To Freedom: Charles E. Cobb Jr.
  3. Hope On A Tightrope: Cornel West
  4. The Lost Eleven
  5. Blood At The Root
  6. Policing the Black Man: Angela Davis
  7. Waiting ’Til The Midnight Hour: Penial E. Joseph
  8. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between The Lies: Dick Gregory
  9. Selected Writings And Speeches Of Marcus Garvey
  10. At The Hands Of Persons Unknown: Phillip Dray
  11. The Port Chicago 50
  12. The Radical King
  13. The Age of Reconstruction
  14. Slavery By Another Name
  15. An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
  16. Barracoon
  17. Black Fortunes
  18. Black Titan
  19. The Blood Of Emmitt Till
  20. Cane
  21. Capitol Men
  22. The Hour of Peril
  23. In The Shadow of Liberty
  24. Now or Never
  25. No Justice
  26. The Original Black Elite
  27. Redemption: The Last 30 Hours Of Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. Reclaiming The Black Past
  29. The Seminarian
  30. Smoketown
  31. A Spy In Canaan
  32. Stamped From The Beginning
  33. Truevine
  34. Writing To Save A Life: The Louis Till File
  35. The Road To Dawn
  36. The New Negro
  37. The Devil In The Grove
  38. The Showdown
  39. How To Be An Anti-Racist
  40. The Debt
  41. The Defender
  42. The Hanging Bridge
  43. Lay This Body Down
  44. The Original Black Elite
  45. Paul Robeson
  46. War Before War
  47. Riot and Remembrance
  48. James and Jimmy Lee
  49. Frederick Douglass

The illumination of the issue of adult and youth illiteracy in black communities is a difficult problem to accept first and conquer second.  Yet in order to recognize a problem, we must admit there is a problem.  Why did Ballou High School, in our nation’s capital admit to allowing its entire 2016-2017 graduating class to leave that school with abnormally high rates of illiteracy? How could school administrator be so caught up in showing gains that they would be willing to create those gains to the detriment of those young adults? How can those young graduates really expect to compete in today’s global economy?  Who really wants to admit after graduating from high school publicly or even privately that they have significant difficulties with literacy? In the case of illiteracy, that person must first admit to the deficiency if they ever really want to free themselves of anxiety that comes along with illiteracy?  So many of our black ancestors encountered and defeated the enemy of illiteracy. Yes, it is indeed an enemy, one that puts word darkness into one’s life. When a person struggling with illiteracy is confronted with word meaning, word recognition, word comprehension, and word understanding, the battle to meet that challenge is real. Our communities must have a handle on the skill of literacy. Now more than ever you cannot or will not be able to compete in a global world effectively without being able to read. All around you, the demand for being able to read is ever-present.  Technology has taken over many aspects of day to day living however the presumption of being able to read is still an essential element in one’s ability to be able to exist in this ever-changing world. No need to guess on what you think it says if you know exactly what it says.  


So today I am doing a 38-month update on the progress of The Blackman Read Aloud Hour. Imagine the amount of non-fiction literature that has been exposed by just one black man reading aloud?  The knowledge of the black man’s contribution to the magnificent history of these United States. Now multiply that by 100 men, 1000 men, 10,0000 men committed to eliminating illiteracy by the simple act of reading aloud. I have aligned black history with black literacy in a strategy to expand one and minimize the other.  So continue to join me from Sunday to Friday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM for the social media Facebook Live sessions of The Blackman Read Aloud Hour because this is one Blackman who refuses to believe that all black person shouldn’t be able to read and read aloud daily. I know that my program merits financial support. So please assist me in expanding its reach.



Sep. 29, 2019

The Next Selection The Blackman Read Aloud Aloud Hour Project

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project

The next book to be read during The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project will be: On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting The History of Lynching In The 21st Century by Dr. Sherrilyn Ifill. My social media educational read-aloud series continues its quest to engage his audience with the most thought-provoking historically complex texts of the Black American experience. As with every book read during my project it will be read cover to cover in one-hour chunks. Being a proficient, strategic, and comprehending reader is one of the most important skills you can acquire in your educational journey. Way too many in our black communities either never acquired the skill or for some reason is the lack of ensuring that the reading skill is perfected. So at least six days a week from Sunday to Friday on Facebook Live since June 2016. I have worked to introduce quality nonfiction literature to my audience illuminating the skill of reading by the active process of the read-aloud. Please continue to share my project with others. It's just that important. Do you realize that many black citizens have never read a complete book cover to cover after high school? Do you realize that a number of black citizens function at the lowest levels of literacy? Well, we can do something about that by speaking about the importance of literacy. We cannot depend on media and entertainment to tell our historical stories. We must learn our history. More than likely the history you're exposed to on The Blackman Read Aloud Project isn't history that is available in the public or private school curriculum. We cannot allow "our" history to be whitewashed and covered up by people who have no desire for us to learn our own stories. This month's selection will address the issue of lynching and how lynching of our ancestors continues to negatively affect our black communities in 2019. It's an excellent followup to the just read books about Thurgood Marshall, Devil In The Grove and Showdown because of Dr. Ifill's position as the NAACP Director and Legal Counsel for NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, a position created for Justice Thurgood Marshall by Walter White in 1940.

See you this evening.


Sep. 26, 2019

Me & My Baby

Me and My Baby Were Like Two Lovebirds in A Tree
We’re So in Love
Our Minds Were Set Free!
I’m so in love with her and she’s
so in love with me
Our love is blended like lemonade
and cold sweet tea


Sep. 26, 2019

Andrew Yang 2020 My Thoughts

In 1975 a little known peanut farmer Governor from Georgia named Jimmy Carter was nowhere in the national Polls and in 1991 a little known Governor from the inconsequential state of Arkansas, Bill Clinton was nowhere in the National Polls both men were elected President the following year. This year an unknown businessman Andrew Yang is slowly climbing in the National Polls he’s now #4 behind Biden, Warren, and Sanders. With a plan to make significant economic moves towards a national guaranteed income is it possible that Andrew Yang could be the kingmaker, or should I say the missing candidate who moves from unknown to highly sought after in this upcoming 2020 presidential election? I don’t know if Yang can or does replicate the performances of Carter, or Clinton but I know Andrew Yang's statistical election numbers, as well as Andrew Yang's name recognition, is climbing somewhat like the speed of a jet fighter. This candidacy of a businessman whose campaign is entirely centered on real solutions is something that cannot be ignored right by the Democratic frontrunners for long.

He recently drew an audience in Iowa home of the first political tussle of more than 12,000 interested Iowan citizens. One thing that excites me personally about Andrew Yang is that he isn't from that slate batch of lifelong politicians. Andrew Yang is a futurist focused like a laser beam on critical issues that are sure to make problems for our nation in the coming decades. First and foremost of those issues is going to be the certainty of job losses due to technological advances in artificial intelligence and robotics. By 2030, more than 33% of working Americans will lose their jobs as a result of these technological advances. It's becoming clearer than ever that the growth of AI and robotics will eliminate a vast number of jobs. There is simply nothing that will stop this train of progress.

That is why Andrew Yang's first priority is the establishment of a guaranteed basic income to every American over the age of 18 is essential. I personally think that the age requirement should drop to 16 for urban residents to ensure more students attend and graduate from secondary schools. However, this GBI is going to be essential to fill the gaps that will occur because of job loss and it will also create an incentive for creativity or creative time for Americans to become more engaged thinkers. I really do feel that what Andrew Yang is selling Americans should be more invested in buying.

The second priority is Universal Healthcare For All. This nation is simply too sick and it needs to totally revamp the healthcare system. Obamacare was simply the beginning of the revamp not the end. It has proven to be good and some areas but not comprehensive enough in others. The reality is this a revamp system that allows medical professionals to not be motivated to overtest, overprescribe, provide unnecessary surgical procedures has caused America's healthcare to run off the financial rails. The system is failing and only a complete revamping of the failed healthcare system can put the healthcare on the correct tracks for the very first time in this nation's history.

The final key component of Andrew Yang's model of a New America is the effective utilization of human-centered capitalism. We must begin to create and understand that human capital is vitally more important than created dollar capital. The current system of capitalism isn't rewarding the many but it is rewarding enormously the few. That system of economic disparity is an equation that is doomed for failure. It is simply unsustainable as more and more workers get displaced because of technological advances. We all on shipmates on the nation's fleet and that fleet will either sink or float on our abilities to utilize every aspect of available human-centered capitalism. Andrew Yang is a new thinker. This nation needs new thinkers with fresh ideas. Ideas that press the threshold of new horizons. John F. Kennedy spoke in 1961 of a  New Frontier. He spoke of Americans asking not what the government can do for them but what Americans can do for the government or the nation. Well, that historic speech was close to 60 years now. So much has changed in our nation, so much has also failed to change. What Andrew Yang is speaking about isn't a New Frontier it is nation confronted with technological advances so far ahead of the system we live in that those advances threaten our very being. I think Andrew Yang's speech will center on how we as a nation can adapt to those advances and build a more perfect union for once, and for all.