Frederick Douglass On Crimes Of The Unites States

0f37a-img_4511Frederick Douglass (February 01, 1818–February 20, 1895)

There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour…At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour forth a stream, a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and the crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

Sonny Rollins On Being Human

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers.

   Sonny Rollins   (September 07, 1930 -)
Sonny Rollins (September 07, 1930 -)

It’s not a matter of your intelligence or anything. You have to have a gift. Just as, I’m sure, for other professions. […] I came upon these very great and — not just great musicians, but great people. […] And I’m trying to now live my life like that. I’ve got a gift, a musical gift, fine. But I want to be a human being, a good human being. I need to always express that to young students. Everybody can have a gift. That’s a gift. But then we have to be good human beings. So that’s what it’s all about.

 

Photo Credit: The Gitdown Hoedown by Larry Martin.

 

Listen to Sonny Rollins play Don’t Stop the Carnival  here.

🌹Frederick Douglass (February 1818 – February 20, 1895) In Memoriam🌹

Frederick Douglass On Reflection

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers.

   Frederick Douglass    (February 02, 1818–February 20, 1895) 
Frederick Douglass   (February 02, 1818–February 20, 1895) 

The process by which man is able to posit his own subjective nature outside of himself, giving it form, color, space, and all the attributes of distinct personality, so that it becomes the subject of distinct observation and contemplation, is at [the] bottom of all effort and the germinating principles of all reform and all progress… It is the picture of life contrasted with the fact of life, the ideal contrasted with the real, which makes criticism possible. Where there is no criticism there is no progress, for the want of progress is not felt where such want is not made visible by criticism. It is by looking upon this picture and upon that which enables us to point out the defects of the one and the perfections of the other.

Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements. They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.

 

Photo Credit: Jamboree photographed by Tao Writer from the private collection of Melvin and Robin Jackson, ©️2017.

Note: Jamboree was the name use on the day the 13th Admendment was passed and Black slaves were granted freedom.

 

Listen to Kool & The Gang sing Celebration here.

 

Note: During the late 60’s before they became famous, Kool & The Gang spent many hours entertaining the Black Students of Rutgers University where I attended.

 

🎂Happy Birthday Al McKay (February 02, 1948 -)