Jul. 19, 2021

The Recollections Of Our Enslaved Ancestors: Arthur Gregston

Listen as I read the remarkable recollection of Arthur Gregston, who for four years lead nearly 300 to freedom across the Ohio River from Kentucky to Ohio. He was a conductor on the underground railway.

Jul. 18, 2021

61 Month Update: The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project: My Journey To Universal Black Literacy

These are 119 titled e-books that I have read on The Blackman’s Read Aloud Hour over the past 61 months from cover to cover. The purpose of my program is four-fold, first is to illuminate the issue of black illiteracy that permeates our black 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 fourth and most important develop communities of universally black strategic readers.

Jul. 18, 2021

Provoked Thoughts: Reparations Now

"When our black ancestors were freed from the bonds of this nation's insidious slavery on December 6, 1865, those 4,000,000 black men, women, and children didn't get one a damn dime, or an inch of land from the United States Government. The slice of land had been promised remained unkept. That promise of land was never given to our ancestors because of the color of our ancestors skin. This nation was more interested in pleasing the rebels who turned this nation inside out rather than making good on a promise that would have allowed our black ancestors a leg up to productivity. For 246 years our enslaved ancestors built the wealth of this nation but building the unmitigated wealth of those white southern plantation owners. Yet, how did this supposed land of the free and home of the brave repay them? Our black ancestors were left to wander around the countryside, destitute, hungry, ignorant of the ways of capitalism, and completely illiterate to read and comprehend the creeds and laws that supposedly freed them from the only thing they understood a white man's oppression and a white man's complete neglect. It seemed that the United States Government, a government that was supposedly blessed by God with a renewed humanity for all was willing to let our ancestors die off like unintended roots on a malnourished plant. So, if you wonder why many of our black communities are still suffering, not thriving, and are still in a state of oppression, well, it's because the suffering that was supposed to end on December 6, 1865 was never meant to end. Many of our black communities remain in a state of perpetual oppression. That's why #ReparationsNow is so necessary it isn't a need, it is a want, it isn't a request, it is a demand. Make right what has been historically wrong for far too many centuries now.

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Jul. 16, 2021

Gloria Richardson

99 years proved that her position was godly

Jul. 16, 2021

The Federal Writer's Project

My newest read aloud project involves the recollections of our black ancestors who were held in slavery prior to be freed in 1865. The readings come from the Federal Writer's Project from 1936-1938.