“But one hundred years later (All right), the Negro still is not free. (My Lord, Yeah) One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. (Hmm) One hundred years later (All right), the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later (My Lord) [applause], the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. (Yes, yes) And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes, Yeah) will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee (Yeah, Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. (Oh yes) Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yeah), from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” (Yeah)
And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. ” Except from Dr. Martin Luther King’s Speech, I Have A Dream
Manifestation of the Dream
I moved this episode as well as many others to Anchor.fm
I am floored that more people didn’t stream this episode when it was originally on Podbean. I am reposting these note simply because I think I did a great job verbalizing my feelings of vulnerability and how I was still processing the elections and the Jan 6 riots. I had a lot going on. I am hopeful that the reading audience will be as reflective and seek to process
I and people that look like me are living pieces of the Dream. My existence and gall to be successful in spite of overt and covert stupid bigotry is remarkable.
Black women have always been in the fight for freedom, with a large number having leadership roles in SNCC and the leadership council lead by Dr. King.
I have never felt more like a target and stranger in my own country and unsafe. I am moved by his words as I write next to the window looking at the peaks of Lookout Mountain, wondering what he would think of the chick with a ‘Fro hearing his words again, taking it to heart and being comforted under the shadow of Lookout Mountain? I rejoice in his view of freedom and demand for justice for all holding the entire country responsible for the fair application of the law. Love above all and truth, not some version of the truth. He, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and Rep. John Lewis would be appalled by this nonsense and joke an administration that value loyalty above honesty and integrity. Who are willing to cover up and downplay a homegrown attack on this democracy egged on by the ramblings of a mad-man instead of doing what is necessary to protect us from a repeat of this nightmare. We saw it all play out live like a bad reality TV show. History will judge this era harshly as long as the absurdity is not “white-washed” or edited.
Chattabooks Additions…#TNFro Is Reading
I work hard for my commission, but discussing what I am reading is the whole premise of my podcast so I had to get to it.
Additions such as Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election are a no brainer because I did not realize just how close Dr. Martin Luther King came to being assassinated on his first arrest in 1960, and how President Kennedy intervention lead to his narrow victory over that initial rat king and crook, Nixon, led by an increase in Black voters in swing states, assuring his victory. This sounds way too familiar…
I have mixed feelings of adding Comey’s latest book, Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust, simply because his mishandling of Email-gate cost Hillary Clinton the presidency and unleashed this crusty looking fool on the world. For all of his upholding the truth and not some variation of it, when he could have made a stand he did not. Reading The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency followed by A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership then the latest from Comey will but it all into context.
I am definitely looking forward Elizabeth Berg latest, The Story of Arthur Truluv as well as the The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Did ya’ll know of the actual existence of the the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky?? The Fugate’s had an autosomal recessive gene that lead to the accumulation of oxygen poor hemoglobin giving them their blue tinged colored skin.
This disorder is a manifestation of extensive inbreeding. After I read about a nephew marrying his aunt, I had to finish and keep it moving, but this family did exist and is the basis of Kim Richardson’s book making it an interesting read.
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General News and Interest…RIP
The pop-locker turned Hip-Hop icon Shabba-Doo transitioned to the glory a couple of weeks back on December 30th. He was 65.
Due to the global pandemic prompted by the COVID-19 virus, his actual homegoing service was held in a hybrid ceremony (in-person and online) 17 days after his death. The cause was probably from COVID induced acceleration of his CAD disease. #COVIDSucks
The classically trained white girl with way too dark makeup, when there were so many Black and Brown more talented dancers, popping and locking will give you a bunch of eye-roll, Girl Pleaz moments, but so is the inclusiveness of this art-form.