The Passing of Leola W. Maddox
By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The homegoing services of Leola Weaver Maddox will take place on Monday, April 3rd, one day before the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis TN. The homegoing services for Leola Weaver Maddox will take place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson Street, NE, in Atlanta, GA at 11:00 a.m.
Her passing was a great loss to the Black community. Leola was not only the director of the only African-centered, sleep-away, summer camp, but she was also the director of United Movement’s weekly forums at the Brooklyn Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Before Leola made her transition, she had to carry a “heavy burden.” The stove in our apartment was “booby-trapped” in 1999. A Manhattan Housing Court judge ruled that she and her husband, “debarred,” attorney Alton H. Maddox, Jr. had to pay the rent in their apartment, although the landlord had no obligation to make repairs.
When Africans were placed on slave ships and shipped to parts unknown, without their consent or permission, at this point they were “civilly-dead.” This applies to all descendants of enslaved Africans. It is a human rights violation. These human rights violations trump civil rights.
Maddox contends that President Abraham Lincoln had no executive power to free any “slaves.” It is impossible for an executive order to overthrow the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. It would rob slaveholders of their property. This is a matter of a declaratory judgment action.
Leola was a quiet warrior. White supremacists are not only aiming their weapons at elders, their weapons are also aimed at our children. Leola sought to protect children and insulate them from the prison-industrial complex. In 1985 Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason devised a master-plan to dismantle the prison-industrial complex.
Both men have now been “debarred.” It is connected to the prison-industrial complex. Similarly, Kings County District Attorney, the late Ken Thompson, installed an “Innocence Project” in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. This was too much power for a Black man to exercise.
Alton Maddox will be a guest tonight on “Sunday Night Fiyah” hosted by Karen Mason on WRFG.FM (89.3) in Atlanta, GA at 10:00 p.m. The show will be streaming on http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Free-Georgia-893-s22385/ for convenient worldwide listening.