Online Education or a Classroom Education? ©

            Actually, Blacks need both an online education and a classroom education.  For the past two years, I have delivered both to persons of African ancestry.  During this period, I have written daily articles which were transmitted online.  I have also given classroom instructions on a weekly basis.  These writings and instructions have been done solely at my expense to prepare for the imminent, racial onslaught.

            Both the late Wilbert Tatum, publisher of the New York Amsterdam News, and Kwame Ture, political activist and co-author of “Black Power”, personally asked me to provide a political education for Blacks.  For several years and during his lifetime, Tatum reserved prime space on the newspaper’s editorial page for the op-ed pieces.

            Earl Caldwell, an esteemed journalist for the New York Times and the New York Daily News and, afterwards, radio host on WBAI’s “Caldwell Chronicles” and professor at Hampton University, reviewed those columns.  Caldwell touted my pro bono, op-ed pieces as the best in New York City.  These op-ed pieces were always centered around the wisdom and teachings of our revered ancestors.

            I have been in New York for forty years.  I came to Harlem to continue, as a poverty lawyer, the mission of Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.’s “War on Poverty.”  In forty years I also became impoverished not because of a lack of skills and work ethic but because of a lifetime, love affair with my people.

            On the issue of education, many of our revered ancestors have spoken eloquently and substantively about it but I will quote Malcolm X.  “Of all the disciplines, history is best qualified to reward our research”.  He also said:  “education and not legislation” is the key.   On August 24, Blacks intend to elevate legislation over education with no pretense of offering educational instructions.

            Freedom’s Journal was our first Black newspaper in North America.  In its first editorial, the newspaper stated:  “We wish to plead our own cause.  Too long have others spoken for us”.  The Freedom’s Journal was calling on Blacks to not only have individual voices under the First Amendment but also a political voice.  Since 1863, Blacks have allowed white political parties to speak for us. Today, it is critical for Blacks to support the Freedom Party.  Time is of the essence.

            Tonight, at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn, there will be a classroom session on not only on Florida v. Zimmerman and Florida” Stand Your Ground law but also United States v. Lemrick Nelson and federal civil rights laws.  The bell will ring at 7:00 p.m.  Take the “C” train  to Franklin Avenue.


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