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Six years ago I was walking down a street near a junior high. There were three young boys walking behind me in sagging jeans, baseball caps, and backpacks talking loud enough for me to hear every word they were saying. One boy said, “That lady is really pretty. That’s how I want my wife to look.” Even though they were young enough to be my own sons, the comment made me blush. As I was approaching my car, I heard one of the boys say, “Oh hell naw! She don’t make enough money for me!” I was completely floored as I got into my little

THE ATTEMPTED COUP AND CONFRONTATION WITH KING

Still, Jackson was important to the United States, if for nothing else, his opposition to the idea of civil disobedience. As luck would have it, the black man credited for bringing the races together, and considered a national hero, would be included among the insurgents leading the opposition against Jackson. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Noble Prize Winner and most recognized Baptist Preacher of the U S. Civil Rights movement, would ally himself with the principals to dethrone Jackson…

RIFT AMONG CLERGY MLK’s Failed Coup

Following the Korean War, a growing class of young, scholarly and progressive ministers began to debut. Among them were the children of some of most influential clergy in the National Baptist Convention, who after graduating from college, became convention delegates

NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION’S BITTER FALL FROM GRACE

After the cessation of the progressives J.H Jackson began to fall into anonymity while King became the chief spokesman of race relations for Black America. The common link between Blacks living north and south was shattered.

HUNGRY

cute ethnic child with fresh citrus on white background

My stomach begins to rumble, but there will be no food cooked for me,
For my mother doesn’t return from her midnight rendezvous till about three.

I LIKE THE WAY YOU SING

Mahlia

You see, back in the fifties when I came up, there weren’t a whole lot of Black Folks on television. And Mahalia, she lived right in my hometown, Chicago. She was born in Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz; she lived next to a Holiness church; and went to a Baptist church. So, she was getting all kinds of rhythms up in her head. Then she came to Chicago. She was attending a Baptist church. She started singing with a gospel choir and with a professional gospel group. After she made her first record, she got her own little local television show….

REPARATIONS ALREADY Paid in Full?

Already paid in full

“The beat goes on,” Jean-Baptiste said. “And we know the history of the fight is that we don’t persist, we’re left with the status quo.’ Jean-Baptiste Tweet Lionel Jean-Baptiste wasn’t surprised when a white federal judge dismissed a lawsuit in July that had asked corporations to pay for past dealings in slavery. But Jean-Baptiste, the […]