Picture of first sit-in August 13, 1960 and closed lunch counter. “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” More »
Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »
With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »
With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »
Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »
Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. More »
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Speaker at the 2013 ASALH National Convention Banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. More »
Dr. Robert Hayling, Me, and Charlie Cobb at the 2014 Florida Heritage Book Festival for our presentation on the Civil Rights/Freedom Summer Movement. More »
OPEN LETTER TO DR. BILLY HAWKINS, PRESIDENT OF TALLADEGA COLLEGE…
As stated in Talladega’s history, “Talladega College began on November 20, 1865 when two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama. From this meeting came the commitment: We regard the education of our children and youths as vital to the preservation of our liberties, and true religion as the foundation of all real virtue, and shall use our utmost endeavors to promote these blessings in our common country."
Apparently Mister President YOU threw those words out of the “Freedom with Integrity Window” when you committed your band and correspondingly ALL of Historically Black Talladega to “perform” in the inauguration of this country’s most overt racist president ever. Then you had the nerve to say on FOX of course…“As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.” Not a Political Event? Then you said you also believe "…it will be a learning experience." Give me a break. Are your eyes not seeing and your ears not hearing? The words uttered out the mouth of this Racist and Sexist incoming president do not make a difference to you? How racially ignorant can you be?
And since this is not a “sponsored” appearance, you then had to raise more than $75,000 to pay your own way to do your doo-dah for the good patronizing and condescending Racist Degenerate President and his equally patronizing and condescending Racist minions. You then set up a GoFundMe page and the good White folks helped you raise a ton of money to do your doo-dah, with your hat in your hand, as a good Colored is expected to do.
There is an excellent reason why other Black colleges and Black organizations declined to share in this Racist circus. Do you really think by "showing up" you have somehow honorably distinguished yourself and your college? However, YOU CAN congratulate yourself Mister President. Congratulate YOURSELF for entertaining The Racist Degenerate President who really gives less than a tinker's damn about you and those who look like you. You can rest assured you will occupy the favored Negro status in the stable of Going Along to Get Along and we will certainly hear the name of Talladega again and again throughout Racist gatherings as examples of Good American Niggers. You should be very "proud" of that Mister Black College President, and proud that you are substantially engraving “Nigger” in “House Nigger.” Way to teach Young Blacks about integrity and principle.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
AS I WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAREWELL ADDRESS, I REMIND MYSELF THAT I HAVE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH ANY FORM OF WITHDRAWAL IN MY LIFE. For that, I am eternally grateful. But at this stage of my life, I AM about to go into withdrawal. But it is a strange yet distinctive withdrawal. My withdrawal concerns what I have grown to expect from the President of the United States the last 8 years, and what I am going to miss going forward. I am going to miss dignity and quality and integrity and class and honesty and truth and respectability and the certainty of steadfastness and maturity making decisions which affect billions of lives throughout the world. In other words, I am going to miss President Barack Hussein Obama, who for the last 8 years was the most powerful yet respected person in the world. That is my withdrawal. The history and the significance are inescapable. The substance of the moment is the stuff of which legends are made. The importance of President Obama’s having had the reins of this mighty country should never be lost in ancillary issues. This was one historical ride, one major, major Black history event, which historians will not be able to trivialize or overlook as they have done with the historical accomplishments and contributions of most Black Americans. For God has written this moment in the Eternal History Book of Time.
Eight years ago, the Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama was this country’s first payment on an IOU due to Black folk who were stolen and kidnapped from Africa, then made to suffer in the torturous and stench filled trips from Africa, and finally compelled to sweat and toil for free—developing and underwriting a free-labor economy of this country. Though this is a moment of withdrawal for me anyway, it is also a time of great pride. It is a time to reassess who we are and to challenge our young people to take up the mantle of freedom and continue the struggle.
God Bless YOU President Barack Hussein Obama. This first payment on that long overdue IOU is only for those prepared to understand the future based upon the knowledge and the experiences of our great past. Thank you for adding a Major Chapter of Black History. And unlike the Incomplete and Dishonest American History of years gone by, historians cannot undo your accomplishments and your impact on the historical timeline of this country. Yes, This Racist Country, who never dreamed someone who looked like you would have served the American People and served them extremely well in the Oval Office for the last 8 years. You did and you did one Helluva job, Mr. President! Thank you from a Grateful Nation.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Keith Beauchamp is a dynamic young documentarian who honed his behind-the-camera skills during the day and spent his evenings doing research and reaching out to anyone who might have information on the Emmett Till case, a story told to Beauchamp when he was just ten years old. It was at this young age that Beauchamp saw a copy of Jet magazine that contained a picture of Emmett Till’s dead body and was told the story behind his murder.
Although it was long believed that Bryant and Milam (Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J. W. Milam who are both now deceased but admitted they killed Till) acted alone, new evidence—much of it provided by Beauchamp’s documentary "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till"—indicates that numerous other individuals may have been involved.2 The death of eighty-six-year-old Juanita Milam barely made head¬lines. Her brief obituary ran in the Biloxi, Mississippi, Sun Herald, but few noticed her passing, despite her being the widow of a killer.
Keith came to Jacksonville in February 2009 to join the Jacksonville Branch NAACP commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the NAACP with a showing of his documentary.
On May 10, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice reopened this fifty-year-old murder case, calling the 1955 prosecution a “grotesque miscarriage of justice,” and citing Beauchamp’s documentary as the starting point for their investigation. In May of 2005, Emmett’s body was exhumed and the FBI turned over their evidence to the appropriate district attorney in Mississippi.
Two years later, however, the FBI and Mississippi prosecutors closed the book on the Till case. The statute of limitations prevented federal charges from being filed, and state prosecutors determined they did not have sufficient evidence to go after other suspects. Witnesses claimed that Mrs. Bryant was on the truck the night Emmett Till was kidnapped, though she denies any involvement. Some of Emmett’s family members still hold out hope that Mrs. Bryant will be held accountable for her role in the horrific murder, while other relatives say the lengthy investigation has allowed them to put the matter to rest.
In 2007, Tallahatchie County finally issued a formal apology to Till’s family: “We the citizens of Tallahatchie County recognize that the Emmett Till case was a terrible miscarriage of justice. We state candidly and with deep regret the failure to effectively pursue justice. We wish to say to the family of Emmett Till that we are profoundly sorry for what was done in this community to your loved one.”
Georgia congressman John Lewis, whose skull was fractured when he was beaten during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama, sponsored a bill that provides a plan for investigating and prosecuting unsolved murders from the civil rights era. The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act was signed into law in 2008.
Bolstered by his ability to connect with potential witnesses who otherwise might not come forward in communities where such Civil Rights crimes have occurred, Beauchamp has become a passionate advocate for survivors seeking justice, and has assisted the FBI by developing new leads for some of the still unsolved cases from this shameful troubled chapter in American history. His television series, The Injustice Files, allows him to comb through re¬cords; interview family members, witnesses, and investigators; and piece together the known facts of civil rights murder cases.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
WHEN DO WE STOP PATRONIZING RACISM AND BEGIN TO TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAND UP TO RACISM AND TO RACISTS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR? Talladega College is paying homage to an incoming Racist Degenerate as president by marching in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration parade and in effect paying RESPECT to his Racism. They should not get a pass nor should the President and the Administration of Talladega College who did a "Do-Dah" and obviously said yes.
This is no longer about the respect of the Office of the President. This year, the Office of the Presidency is tainted and besmirched by one who not only does not respect Blacks but does not respect women or Latinos or immigrants or those whose life style is different. Too many times in the Black community, WE have given Black folks a pass for kissing a White Racist's Behind. It is called Uncle Tom-ism. It is also called going along to get along. We have seen it incessantly during this presidential campaign with Black folks, who have obviously sold their souls for a few pieces of silver, and that includes Black ministers too! It has nothing to do with your spirituality nor does it hinder your Christianity when you stand up to the American Institution of Racism. Dr. Martin Luther King built an entire Civil Rights organization of ministers to fight Racism.
When we give Racists a pass, WE Trivialize and Disrespect the Civil Rights Movement…WE Trivialize and Disrespect Dr. King whose birthday WE will commemorate later this month and the Many Blacks WE will commemorate next month during Black History Month…WE Trivialize and Disrespect those who were beaten and killed in the Struggle…WE Trivialize and Disrespect the fight for human dignity and respect …WE Trivialize and Disrespect the many upon whose shoulders WE stand …WE do this when WE allow Blacks to support Racist actions and RacistTalk and do not hold them accountable.
The hue and cry from some NOW is Give Donald Trump a Chance. WHY? When do WE STOP going along to get along? What more do I need to know about a Racist than hearing his Racist words…understanding his Racist core racist attitude …and observing his racist actions? I do not care if he is the incoming president of the United States. A Racist is a Racist and Donald Trump is a Racist. He has shown me and proven his racism to me. You don't have to show me but one time.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
A RECENT HUFFINGTONPOST/YOUGOV POLL POINTED OUT HOW TRUMP SUPPORTERS, ALSO KNOWN AS RACISTS AND WHITE PATRIOTS SEE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AS “WHINERS” who should simply pull themselves up by their bootstraps when they experience “perceived” inequality and injustice at the hands of the establishment; and that Black Americans have struggles because they are lazy and do not like to work and are constantly feeding at the “government trough.” When we talk about WHO is feeding at the government trough, we need to understand the who and the why. Both Social Security and the G.I Bill helped White America stabilize their families and its net worth. It was some time before Black America would benefit.
A BIT OF HISTORY—The Social Security Act of 1935 might never have passed without support from the 141 Democrats from Southern states who only supported the bill after it was tweaked in committee so that it EXCLUDED farm workers and maids — who represented two-thirds of Black workers in the South at the time. As a result of the change, 65 percent of the African-American workforce was excluded from the initial Social Security program.
AND THE 1944 G.I. BILL—Whites were able to use the government guaranteed housing loans that were a pillar of the bill to buy homes in the fast-growing suburbs. Those homes subsequently rose greatly in value in coming decades, creating vast new household wealth for Whites during the postwar era. But Black veterans weren't able to make use of the housing provisions of the GI Bill. Banks generally wouldn't make loans for mortgages in Black neighborhoods, and Blacks were excluded from the suburbs by a combination of deed covenants and informal racism. In short, the GI Bill helped foster a long-term boom in White wealth but did almost nothing to help Blacks to build wealth. We are still living with the effects of that exclusion today — and will be for a long time to come. This is the White Supremacy and the White Privilege Whites like to ignore.
Today, there are more Whites on “Welfare” and “corporate welfare” …more Whites receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…and more Whites are getting their health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act aka Obama Care. White Americans, when they do not “achieve” look around for someone or something to blame for their lack of success. Their lament…“Blacks are just standing in our way.”
Recent studies indicate that most whites believe they are discriminated against more than Blacks are. By political reference, many Whites in America saw the election of President Obama as another example of Blacks standing in their way while inhabiting the White House which by design and title they felt belong to White America–ONLY. The nerve of “This Nigger President” thinking he can govern White people in “OUR country.” Doing a good job "For The People” is beside the point. The net reaction was to elect a Racist as President who will Make America Great Again by returning America to White America.Certainly don’t let “The African-Americans” get any ideas after 8 years of a Black President. This is not about getting the crumbs from the cake. This is about getting no crumbs and certainly no cake. It’s about White America electing a White Racist as president…no matter his baggage or the consequences. Fairness and Equality have nothing to do with it. Any doubt why The Struggle Continues? RLHSR.
MEMO TO NATIONAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA:
Stop trying to normalize Donald Trump. Stop trying to analyze Trump's comments as if there is a reason for his making them. Stop trying to objectify Stupidity. Stop trying to make his actions honorable. There is nothing remotely honorable about a Racist Degenerate Personified. These are the reasons why he is the president-elect. You wanted to make a genius out of an IDIOT. You wanted to make a reasonable person out of racist. You wanted a thoughtful person when you had a sexist.
Donald Trump is an Arrogant Narcissist with the corresponding personality disorder. He is also not very smart which makes him doubly dangerous. Had you done your job, this disaster about to happen to America could have been prevented. Don't continue to exacerbate your original error in judgment by trying to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t. Donald Trump is the latter-not the former. He is also a wealthy amalgamated fool. Just tell the truth…that's all…tell the truth.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
THE HEADLINES BLARED…Mistrial declared in the case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop…AND THE NEWS FOLLOWED… “A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at the back of Walter Scott, a fleeing driver, in one of the most high-profile shootings AND BLATANTLY RACIST (MY WORDS) to rattle the nation in recent years.” “We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.
NOW THE STORY …
The jury was selected 11 Whites and one Black and the Black person was made the Jury Foreman. In early deliberations, one of the White jurors said… “There is no way I will convict a policeman of killing someone.” That was reported to the court. (What he was really saying was he would not convict the police of killing someone Black.) In fact, the Jury Foreman asked for a replacement which apparently was not allowed. So now we have a hung jury 11 votes for guilty and ONE VOTE for NOT GUILTY. And the judge has no choice but to declare a mistrial. The State Attorney indicated they will try the case again.
AND THE ANALYSIS…
Today saw the announcement of the first three cities in the boycott. They are Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. The Boycott will give those cities, the businesses and corporations that call those cities home, the states they are in, and the federal government, 43 days, that’s until Dr. Martin Luther King Day of 2017, to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists in those cities.
A targeted national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities that have either directly supported injustice there or have remained painfully silent in the face of it will also commence soon. Willful ignorance is no excuse. Big brands and corporations will be given an honest chance to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce a boycott of them. If America and its corporations want to continue its Injustice and its Racism, let them do it without our money. And we haven't even gotten to the Racist Degenerate President-Elect soon to sit in the White House. Every movement is ALWAYS about sacrifices. Let the Boycott Begin…and There WILL BE Collateral Damage.