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  • Blacks And The Party Of The One Percent

      Recently a presidential preference poll leading up to the 2016 elections determined that the candidate representing the party of Lincoln only received 1% support from African-Americans. It’s not always been that way. There was a time early in black enfranchisement when blacks preferred candidates of Lincoln’s newly formed anti-slavery progressive political party. That party left blacks before blacks left that party.  Now the only blacks left, 160 years since the beginnings of Lincoln’s political party are … Continue reading […]

  • Black Resistance Revisited

    What’s more American than civil disobedience? America’s founders spilled blood and spent treasure to get free of,  dissolve, or re-adjust certain political binds in the pursuit of natural laws the creator had intended. The Preamble set the cornerstone of a war and eventually the creation of the United States. Today’s events have reached the National Football League. One time Super Bowl African-American quarterback and his resistance to honoring the National Anthem. Not standing for the … Continue reading […]

  • Juneteenth

    Terms for the end of Civil War hostilities began at a courthouse in Virginia in April of 1865, but it didn’t end in Texas until June later that year. Slaves continued to work and personal freedoms were ignored because no one got the word.  No social media, no media of any kind, no newspapers for slaves who of course were not allowed to read (outlawed by the Slave Codes). General Robert E. Lee, commander of … Continue reading […]

  • Black America v. Conservatism – Part 1

      Part 1: Economics Education, voting rights, fair housing, fair lending, employment, mass incarceration, the drug war, foreign trade, immigration and more have decimated the middle class in America. Blacks have been hit the hardest. Reversing the hard fought accomplishments and laws of the 1960’s have been especially important to conservatives.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 suffered a severe blow recently.  How has conservative policies affected our standard of living? According to Federal Reserve … Continue reading […]

  • Challenge To Brown v Board of Education

    Segregationists didn’t readily accept the 1954 unanimous Supreme Court ruling of Brown v Board of Education.  Southerners knew the decision would be a major disruption in their way of life, and limit the continued second class system for African-Americans. After the decision was announced, President Eisenhower lamented his choice of recently appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren (Oct 1953 – June 1969). Warren was the former Governor of California and vice presidential running mate in 1948. … Continue reading […]

  • Success Can Change Everything

    It’s been said that one of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s favorite justices was Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833 – 1911), who was known as the “Great Dissenter”. Harlan’s dissent in the landmark case of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), set him apart from the prevailing opinion of the time about the abilities of African Americans and their intelligence. John Harlan served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1877 until 1911. He was born into a slave holding … Continue reading […]

  • Dr. King & The Pursuit of Happiness

    When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated (6:01 p.m. April 4, 1968), he and his team was in Memphis to support black sanitation workers. The struggle for economic equality, a transition from the campaigns that the world had come to know from the leader of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement more than a decade before Dr. King’s assassination, enjoyed a series of hard fought battles.  The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, … Continue reading […]

  • Rev. Kyles, Eyewitness to Dr. King’s Assassination

    On March 29, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his team of ministers traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to support sanitation workers. Later that week, on April 3, 1968, he spoke at rally at Mason Temple, the central headquarters of the Church of God in Christ Pentecostal Church. The building is named for Bishop Charles Harrison Mason the founder of the Church of God in Christ. Black sanitation workers in Memphis, were discriminated in hiring, … Continue reading […]

  • James Earl Ray Caught in London

    James Earl Ray’s ultimate destination was Rhodesia, Africa. After he assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ray’s odyssey from Memphis to London by way of Toronto and his confession then recant for the murder, is worthy of recounting. Not widely known is the chronology of events during the “manhunt” for Ray, following the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Questions remain on national security, crossing international borders, (he … Continue reading […]

  • Selma; Notes From the Field – Chapter 3, Hwy 80

    After Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965) and Turnaround Tuesday, the task to complete a Selma to Montgomery march still remained. This time, beginning on March 21st, the determined were escorted by the United States Army, federalized Alabama National Guard troops and guarded by two helicopters. One week after Bloody Sunday, on March 15, 1965, President Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing the passage of the voting rights act. … Continue reading […]