Aug. 22, 2019

The Blackman Read Aloud Project Reads: The 1619 Project : A Brief History Of Slavery You Didn't Lear

The 1619 Project is read aloud by The Blackman Read Aloud Project. What your classroom education doesn't teach you about the story of slavery in this nation.

Four hundred years after enslaved Africans​ were first brought to Virginia, most Americans​ still don’t know the full story of slavery.
Curated by Mary Elliott
All text by Mary Elliott and Jazmine Hughes
Aug. 19, 2019

‘If one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, would have taken it.’
— Mum Bett​

All children borne in this country shall be held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother.’
— Virginia law enacted in 1662

All brethren, arise, arise! trike for your lives and liberties. ow is the day and the hour. ... ​Let your motto be resistance!’
—Henry Highland Garnet, 1843

"The story of the African​-American​ is not only the quintessential American​​ story but it’s really the story that continues to shape who we are today."
— Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Aug. 21, 2019

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud Project: Reads Project 1619 Nicole Hannah-Jones So Powerful

Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.
By Nikole Hannah-Jones
AUG. 14, 2019

The series 1619 Project was initiated by the New York Times and appears in the New York Times Magazine. As a special project of The Blackman Read Aloud Project, I am reading it aloud for those unable to read it or have access to it. If you truly want to understand how black Americans stayed loyal when many white Americans and the American Government epitomized the disloyalty to the nation's black Americans listen to my reading of Nicole Hannah-Jones depiction of black Americans faith in a system of democracy.

Aug. 20, 2019

August 20, 1619 The Day That 20 Angolans Arrived In Jamestown For Sale, Hold Up There's More To That

By Michael Guasco
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History The year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts history

This morning across this nation will hear of the story that August 20, 1619,​ was the date that 20 Angolan​ men and women left a Dutch ship to enter the colony of Jamestown. Thus beginning the horrific institution of slavery in what became the United States. However, that isn't the whole story because peoples of African descent were traveling to this new world long before 1619. They came as captives from European nations. Today I will read an article that details that history.

Aug. 19, 2019

August 19, 1791, Banneker's Letter To Thomas Jefferson

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Benjamin Banneker excelled at excellence he was a gift to the humanity of mankind. Those who looked at color first may have been fooled into ignoring his genius. However, those who looked past color marveled at Benjamin Banneker's astounding intellectual abilities. The shame was that it was more of the latter who ignored his greatness.

On August 19, 1791, Benjamin Banneker wrote a letter to the​ Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson outlining the ills of forced​ servitude, or American slavery. Today, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud revisits the day 228 years ago today that ancestor Benjamin Banneker​ sent the letter to be delivered to Thomas Jefferson. The inequality of black illiteracy is that so many of our brothers and sisters are blocked from learning about our black history because of the inability to read. We must engage our communities to erase the negative​ impact of black illiteracy. I know that Benjamin Banneker was a Blackman​ who read aloud, the question I ask today is are you?

Aug. 18, 2019

Humanity Needs To Battle Back Us Killing Us Is Inhumane And Insane

Humanity Needs To Fight Back

Humanity needs some wins. Is it finally time to look past one person's race. This Sunday I spent my morning as I normally do, perusing the urban online newspaper dailies. Because of my blog that I try to keep current. I also feel the need to see what is happening in other cities across the country in relation to blacks. What is happening, what is fresh, and what is causing the most pain. Well in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sunday's headline was about 10 black children who were murdered this summer and only one of those murders has been solved. In the Los Angeles Times, one of the main headlines was how police shootings of young black males were one of the leading causes of death according to verifiable statistical data. Also, in the LA Times, a gangland shooting took the life of a black male. In the Chicago Tribute, a woman driving her Lexus was mistakenly fired upon and murdered according to a police spokeswoman. In the Atlanta Constitution, two teenagers were shot while attending a high school football game. In the Baltimore Sun, the headline was directed at the murder of the son of Coppin State University's head baseball coach. In the Detroit Free Press, one person dead, one person wounded in a drive-by shooting near Seven Mile and Southfield. In the Philadelphia Inquirer along with the rehashing of the mass shooting that occurred last week. There was a double shooting last night that took one black male life and injured another black male.

This seems to be an everyday occurrence now in our major cities across this country. Gun violence and murders are some common that they have desensitized to the prevalence of these acts that take the lives of our young population. How can we address these acts and erase these acts if they flow so freely on our streets each and every day? I think we need to somehow change the dynamics, check out different approaches. I don't know but something needs to happen. I mean if we collectively put a running count of killing in the nation in each and every newspaper and on each and every television newscast maybe, just maybe, that will shake up the communities to erase these horrendous killings. You can't blame all these killings on the blue force although the blue force contributes to the higher percentage of black youths killed. You cannot blame these killings on gun manufacturers even though gun manufacturers produce the weapons used in the killing. You have to, of course, put direct blame on those who kill because it is their acts that produce these insane acts of violence. One thing is for certain, we as a black community must find a way out of this vicious cycle of violence because if we don't we are facing a dilemma of possible extinction. I mean we simply cannot erase our young black male numbers daily without having some catastrophic effect on our communities. How many potential leaders, inventors, business magnets have we already erased?

I remember watching the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite growing up and every evening the newcast would have a board of US Military Killed or Injured in the Vietnam War. They also have done a running board for those servicemen killed or injured this War in Iraqi and Afganistan. Seeing those numbers on a daily basis inciting many to find a way to end the senseless killings in those military hot spots. Well, maybe it's time for the running board to be placed on cable and national newscasts and online news dailies that registered the numbers of people killed in violent acts across this nation. Maybe this will register some action towards humanity's gains in saving lives. Right now humanity is losing and losing badly. There must be something drastic to occur to erase the amount of violence that is occurring on a daily basis across our cities and towns related to gun violence. We cannot look simply at race and say it's a black thang, or white's and say they are the mass killers. In order for our nation to beat back this massive uptick in deadly violence, it has to be attacked on a level of humanity. We are possibly desensitizing ourselves to this violence and that is absolutely unacceptable. We have to move into a realm of humanity that will allow our best intentions to be released and these murders to eventually, hopefully, cease.