Black History Month – Day 29 – Conclusion

Black-Power-Pan-African-Flag-LORD WHY DID YOU MAKE ME BLACK
Lord, Lord,
Why did You make me Black?
Why did You make me someone
The world wants to hold back?

Black is the color of dirty clothes;
The color of grimy hands and feet.
Black is the color of darkness;
The color of tire-beaten streets.

Why did you give me thick lips,
A broad nose and kinky hair?
Why did You make me someone
Who receives the hatred stare?

Black is the color of a bruised eye
When somebody gets hurt.
Black is the color of darkness.
Black is the color of dirt.

How come my eyes are brown and not
the color of the daylight sky?
Why do people think I’m useless?
How come I feel so used?
Why do some people see my skin
and think I should be abused?

Lord, I just don’t understand;
What is it about my skin?
Why do some people want to hate me
And not know the person within?

Black is what people are “listed,”
When others want to keep them away.
Black is the color of shadows cast.
Black is the end of the day.

Lord, You know, my own people mistreat me;
And I know this isn’t right.
They don’t like my hair or the way I look
They say I’m too dark or too darn light.

Lord, Don’t You think it’s time
For You to make a change?
Why don’t You redo creation
And make everyone the same?

God answered saying
Why did I make you black,
You have the audacity to ask?
I did not do it as a joke,
Or as some cruel task.

Get off your knees and look around.
Tell Me, what do you see?
I didn’t make you in the image of darkness.
I made you in the Likeness of Me!

I made you the color of coal
From which beautiful diamonds are formed.
I made you the color of oil,
The Black gold that keeps people warm.

I made you from the rich, dark earth
That grows the food you need.
Your color’s the same as the panther’s
Known for (HER) beauty and speed.

Your color’s the same as the Black stallion,
A majestic animal is he.
No! I didn’t make you in the Image of darkness
I made you in the Likeness of Me!

All the colors of a Heavenly Rainbow
Can be found throughout every nation;
And when all those colors were blended well,
YOU BECAME MY GREATEST CREATION!

Your hair is the texture of lamb’s wool;
Such a humble, little creature is he.
I am the Shepherd who watches them.
I am the One who will watch over thee.

You are the color of midnight skies,
I put the stars’ glitter in your eyes.
There’s a smile hidden behind your pain,
That’s the reason your cheeks are high.

You are the color of dark clouds
Formed during my strongest winters in December.
I made your lips full so
When you kiss the one you love…they’ll remember.

Your stare is strong; your bone structure,
Thick….to withstand the burdens of time.
The reflection you see in the mirror…
The Image looking back at you is MINE!

So in answer to all of your questions,
And to forgive you for all of your flack;
These are the reasons, I THE LORD
Made you SO BEAUTIFUL AND BLACK!!!

Happy black History Month #blacklivesmatter #neverforget #sayhername #majesticindeed

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Black History Month – Day 28

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Carol Moseley Braun (8/16/1947 – current)

First African American woman elected to US Senate (Illinois); represented Illinois from 1993 – 1999. She was the first black female senator, the first black female Democratic senator, first woman to defeat an incumbent US Senator, first female senator from IL. From 1999-2001 she was the US Ambassador to New Zealand. She was a candidate for nomination for the 2004 US Presidential election and lost the 2011 election for Chicago mayor to Rahm Emanuel. She currently runs her private law firm and has launched a line of organic food called Ambassador Organics. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

Black History Month – Day 27

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Dr. Joycelyn Elders (8/13/1933 – current)

 

First black appointed Surgeon General of the US Born to sharecroppers in Arkansas, Minne Lee Jones was the eldest of eight kids. She was also the valedictorian of her graduating class. She received a BS in Biology from Philander Smith College, where she also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was a nurse’s aid in Milwaukee and served three years in the Army. She got her MD from U of AR and her MS in Biochemistry 7 years later.

She supported contraceptive distribution in school and possibility of drug legalization. She was appointed under the Clinton Administration in 1993.

Black History Month – Day 24

Irene Morgan (4/9/17 – 8/10/2007) Irene_Morgan

July 1944

The before Rosa Parks, there was Irene Morgan. She was arrested in Middlesex County, Virginia (on a Greyhound bus) for refusing to sit in the designated spot for blacks, during an interstate bus ride. According to Virginia, segregation was still going to occur in their state. The bus stopped and a sheriff was summoned to the bus. She was arrested, but not before kicking the officer in the groin and fighting.

She pled guilty to resisting arrest but refused to plead guilty to “violating Virginia’s segregation laws.”

Black History Month – Day 23

Frazier Baker was appointed to the position of Postmaster in Lake City, South Carolina. He was the first black person to hold the position in the town, following the 1896 election of President McKinley.

Boycotts were initiated, along with petitions for removal. One of the complaints were that Baker cut mail from being delivered three times a day to once after threats to his life were made. (Because that’s illogical to want to protect yourself right?)

A postal inspector investigated and recommended the office be closed. A mob of white men burned it down, expecting that no one would rent space to a black man in that position. A space was rented on the outskirts of town by the government and soon the office functioned as both board and post office. That was in February of 1898.

Shortly thereafter, the Baker home was being torched as the man, his wife and 6 children slept. The family made a run for it, with the elder Baker beign shot and killed by the hail of bullets being hurled his way, and a 2 year old girl being struck and killed while in the arms of her mother. After the flames and gunfire subsided, the survivors met at a neighbor’s home. They remained in Lake City for three days but received no treatment.

The subsequent trial was declared a mistrial and was never retried.

St. James AME Church was built on the post office site in 1918. In 1955, the church was bruned down because it’s then-minster’s (Rev. J. A. DeLaine) civil right activism on behalf of the NAACP. It wasn’t until 2013 that a historical marker was placed to represent that post office and the former Baker home.

Black History Month – Day 21

Born on May 19, 1925, on this day in 1965 — -Malcolm Little bka Malcolm X aka El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, was shot down and murdered in front of hundreds of people.

It has been some time since I’ve written about Malcolm, needing to shed light on other who are important to our history, but I cannot this year. I apologize for this being late, but it is better late than never and “by any means necessary” will I get it done.

There will always be speculation about who pulled the trigger, who orchestrated the hit and who was celebrating his death, but what won’t be forgotten are the words of those we suspected. We cannot forget those, whom he had a genuine love for, who turned their backs on him when he needed them most. When the FBI (namely J Edgar) was tapping his phones, sending in spies to bring him down; when Elijah Muhammad was “silencing” him and distancing him away from the NOI because h had questions and sought the truth versus worshipping a man; when two young men he brought to the Nation stopped talking to him and one even went as far to help “plot” his elimination (which he “admitted”).

He was a young man who lost his father to what was ruled as a suicide in the wonderfully diverse (that’s sarcasm for those who know I’m from Michigan and had family friends in this city) city of Mason. The man beat himself and then drug himself to train tracks. (Amazing, how the same lies are still told some 70 years later. I digress.) He watch his mother slowly lose grip on reality while losing custody of all of her kids. He went from foster home to foster home, participating in a school where the teachers (who were not of color) told him he should pick a “easier” job for his smaller Negro mind. (Those weren’t the exact words, but that’s what it sounded like to me when I read it.)

He was in and out of trouble as a teenager before he was forced to move to Boston with his dad’s oldest daughter Ella. From there, he managed to make it to Harlem, thus the naem Detroit Redd (so they could distinguish between him and another fellow redbone, redhair mane they called Chicago Redd (Redd Foxx)). He met all of the musicians we play today. He got caught up in a robbery scheme (involving his friend shorty and two white girls). He was sent to prison and that is where he met Elijah Muhammad. You know the rest at that point.

“No one man should have all that power,” one police officer told New York Amsterdam News. This, when Malcolm held up one hand, dismissing (silently) a group of NOI members that totaled some four thousand strong. (#power)

It has been 51 years since the death of Malcolm and I can only imagine what he would say about the state of affairs today.

Ozzie Davis’s eulogy – “There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain—​and we will smile. Many will say turn away—​away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man—​and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate—​a fanatic, a racist—​who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.

Black History Month – Day 20

Pictures from http://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-20-this-day-in-black-history/item/102782/

ON THIS DAY

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in 1895 – Frederick Douglass died. He was born into slavery in Maryland, he was taught how to read and write by one of his masters’ wives. On one occasion, he was sent to a poor farmer known for “slave-breaking.” He was beaten regularly, until he turned 16 and fought back. After winning that confrontation, the farmer never beat him again. He successfully escaped slavery and became a vocal abolitionist, orator and highly respected freedman.

 

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in 1927 – Sidney Poitier was born. Although not the first black person to win an Oscar, he is the first black person, male or female, to win an Oscar for a leading role. (Lillies of the Field). He also starred in such films as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and In The Heat of the Night. He was on the board of directors for Walt Disney Co. from 1995 – 2003 and was ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan from 1997-2007.

 

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in 1929 – Playwright Wallace Thurman’s play “Harlem” opened in NYC. Although his life was short, he died at the age of 32 from Tuberculosis, he moved to Harlem during the height of the Renaissance and hung out witht eh likes of Zora Neale Hurston, etc. He coined the ironic term “Niggerati” as a way to describe all the writers in Harlem.

 

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in 2002 – At the age of 71, the NFL’s first black quarterback, Willie Thrower, passed. He QB’d for the Chicago Bears, for one game.