A few Black Men and Women in New York ©


            Soon after I arrived in New York, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau demanded that Cong. Charles Rangel and New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson produce me in his office.  I told these men that I did not need an escort.  Instead, I invited attorney C. Vernon Mason to go with me.  Mason invited Rev. Calvin Butts.

            In the meeting, Sterling Johnson, the special prosecutor for narcotics, was also present.  He is now a United States District Court judge.  District Attorney Morgenthau stated that he was upset about my criticism of him.  No other Black person, according to Morgenthau, had ever publicly criticized him.  I was surprised to hear that no other Black person had ever criticized him.  In short, this meeting was a “warning”.

            A few years later, Dr. John Henrik Clarke asked me to pursue litigation to “Save the Schomburg”.  During the course of this litigation, I asked Preston Wilcox, “a highly respected activist”, if he could secure the support of One Hundred Black Men, Inc.”.  Preston shot back, “There is not one hundred Black men in New York”.  I was stunned.

            Since that day, I have conducted my own search for one hundred Black men and women but without much success.  Preston’s response clarified the reason for Morgenthau demanding that I come to his office.  During the later case of Michael Stewart, Morgenthau initiated a criminal prosecution against me.  The object was to disbar me and to imprison me.

            I luckily beat the prosecution in a kangaroo court.  At the time, I did not know that I had been  given only another five years to represent Blacks in countless cases, pro bono.  This means “free” to the client but “costly” to the attorney.  No one ever contributed or established a legal defense fund for those countless causes during those two decades.  No one.

            One saying by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. has particularly inspired me:  “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.  Many cases that I represented pro bono fitted into this saying.  The client was the victim but the entire Black community was the target. Everyone was threatened.

            An example is the “Central Park 7”.  Until the students at New York University invited me to the school in February 2013 as a panelist to discuss the documentary, “Central Park 5”, the Black community had given me the impression that I had played no role in “Scottsboro Boys Revisited”.

            Before Kwame Ture made his transition, he made me promise that I would assist in raising the political consciousness of Blacks in his hometown.  He may have been unaware that I would face censorship from Blacks.  Nonetheless, I have used “what’s in my hands” to further the struggle of our revered ancestors for freedom.

            I hope that we will commit our lives and our souls in 2013 to get our people back on the right track.  By January 12, 2013, everyone may have fashioned a political agenda and a legislative agenda.  The clock started to tick for both agendas on January 1, 2013, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dr. King secured the right to vote for Blacks to undo unjust laws and not to put “Black faces in high places”.

            Everyone should be on board this Saturday January 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem.  This will place the meeting three days before the birthday of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. who sacrificed his life to remove unjust laws from the statutes.  These unjust laws are still causing wrongful convictions.  See, for example, John White and the “Central Park 7”.  Black selected official are banned from introducing new legislation to remove unjust laws.

            Kwame Ture believed that every Black person should be a member of a Black-financed and Black-led organization.  He said:  “Black people are not poor.  They are poorly organized”.  I have been writing articles virtually daily and sending them out through e-mails. For comparative value, call 800-3000-3434 or OneDayU.com.

            The Freedom Party and Friends of Like It must pay the Cotton Club sixteen dollars for each person who enters the club on Saturday.  This is for a breakfast-buffet and space for at least a four-hour meeting.  The remainder of nineteen dollars amounts to monthly dues. Animal rights organizations, like ASPCA, also charge nineteen dollars monthly but no daily e-mails.   The initial, annual fee for Friends of Like It Is is fifteen dollars.

            Any physical activity incurs expenses.  If you go from the Bronx to Brooklyn, for example, there is an expense depending on your mode of transportation.  To write, at least, an article daily requires secretarial and editing costs in addition to research and writing costs. Getting something free is costing someone.

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