Who Were the First Civil Rights Fighters?

When I was a student in elementary school, my most popular subject was military science except that military science was not offered in Black schools. I would read white publications addressed to young, white boys. There were many military academies for young, white boys.

I would write to these military academies asking for their catalogs. Since they did not know my race, they would oblige. I would use their curriculums to learn about the subjects that would help me understand military science. My first library was Savannah Street Library in Newnan, GA. It was built and financed by Black teachers. This was before Brown v. Bd. Of Ed.

Black librarians were asked to purchase certain books. In 1943, Gov. Eugene Talmadge had banned the use of books in public schools that referred to Blacks in a positive fashion. Of course, this did not apply to Savannah Street Library since it was privately financed.

Since elementary school and my involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, I have recognized that Blacks are still enslaved in mythological colonies. In order to reach false conclusions, you combine myths and fallacies with logic. This requires us to re-examine our past to correct our current thinking.

Although white men expressed a preference for natural rights under the Declaration of Independence, Black men had to pursue civil rights. They laid the foundation for securing civil rights from myriad wars including the Civil War. Black men put Andrew Jackson in the White House after the War of 1812 including the “Battle of New Orleans. President Jackson reciprocated by giving us Dred Scott.

After Black soldiers saved the Union, whites gave us our first civil rights legislation in 1866. Black soldiers said that this was insufficient. In order for whites to give us the Fourteenth Amendment, they demanded a return of their guns used during the Civil War. We had not earned the right to own guns for protection during civilian life. The KKK was running amuck. Even then, the Fourteenth Amendment was still suspect.

I intend to explore all of these civil rights gains from 1866 to the present time and the rise of white women due to Black men on Sunday. This is an untold story. To improve our image, we must tell our own untold story. Mitt Romney had to humanize himself before he could give President Barack Obama a scare.

The 36th Annual Memorial Service and Luncheon: Honoring Past and Present Veterans will occur on this Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Fleur De Lis, 870 Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood, NY. I will be the keynote speaker. The cost for the luncheon is $45.00. The contributions of these veterans, which will be explored historically, exceed the cost of the luncheon.

Every church should send a representation or pay for the cost of your presence. The keynote address has never been delivered before giving credit to veterans as civil rights fighters. I will give credit to the original civil rights fighters for civil rights gains.

Churches would be unable to enjoy rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 without the prior enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. All of us enjoy these rights today but civil rights are not constitutional fixtures. Black veterans should be applauded, however, for giving us limited political and social rights.

This same spirit of cooperation should carry over to the “Friends of Like It Is” conference and media seminar at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:00 a.m instead of November 10. All Blacks should be members of a natural rights organization. Every church and organization should pay for the cost of a person to attend this media meeting as we diminish the impact of Hurricane Sandy and as we embark on Black Agenda 2013.

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