Oct. 5, 2021

The Next Selection

Coming Wednesday, October 6, 2021 on Facebook Live a new Book on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project. I will finish The Reparations Handbook this evening. The sharing of black knowledge is essential to black community growth.

Oct. 4, 2021

Frank Smith : Age 89: Alabama Slave Narratives: The Federal Writer's Project

Frank Smith was sold deeper into southern slavery because he broke his master's kitchen knife, cleaned the boots of Robert E. Lee, saw the soldiers who were headed to Harper's Ferry, Virginia to kill John Brown and his followers. Today, I continue my journey through the recollections of our ancestors held in bondage.

Oct. 3, 2021

George Taylor: Alabama Slave Narratives: Age Unknown: Mobile, Alabama

George Taylor couldn't tell researcher who interviewed him, his exact age. Only that he was the oldest of 22 chillums. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud continues his personal journey through the Federal Writers Project, The Alabama Slave Narratives, this evening by reading the recollections of George Taylor.

Oct. 1, 2021

John Smith, Age 103, Why Can't You Call Him Mister?

Today, my journey takes me to the recollections of John Smith from the Alabama Slave Narratives, the major question is why during the interview did this white interviewer never call my ancestors Mister? Oh, that right the interview was taken during the nadir of Jim Crow and whites had absolutely no respect for blacks, no matter their age.

Sep. 30, 2021

Thomas Stewart Fountain: Age Unknown: Alabama Slave Narratives

The personal journey continues through the recollections of our enslaved ancestors by The Blackman Who Reads Aloud. Today, I read the recollections of Thomas Stewart Fountain, age unknown reliving his memories of slavery. I sense that Ancestor Fountain stayed mentally enslaved for as long as he lived. That fact defines the meaning the reparations because I can only imagine that fact destabilized those around him.