Carter G Woodson On Race And History

5DB6C853-7AEC-402D-910E-FD83AA3D17F6.jpegCarter G. Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)

If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.

James Baldwin On Race

   James Baldwin   (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)  James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

My countrymen were my enemy… This country does not know what to do with its black population… The west has no moral authority… The world is not white. White is a metaphor for power… You don’t need numbers. You need passion.

 

🎂Happy Birthday James Baldwin  (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) In Memoriam🌹

Zadie Smith On Race

   Zadie Smith   (October 25, 1975 -)
Zadie Smith   (October 25, 1975 -)

My best friend during my youth — now my husband — is himself from Northern Ireland, an area where people who look absolutely identical to each other, eat the same food, pray to the same God, read the same holy book, wear the same clothes and celebrate the same holidays have yet spent four hundred years at war over a relatively minor doctrinal difference they later allowed to morph into an all-encompassing argument over land, government and national identity. Racial homogeneity is no guarantor of peace, any more than racial heterogeneity is fated to fail.

LeBron James On Race

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

   LeBron James   (December 30, 1984 -) 
LeBron James (December 30, 1984 -) 

No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.

  

Photo Credit: Biggest Fan by Alonzo Adams.

 

 

 

  

Listen to Donny Hathaway sing The Ghetto here.

 

 

🎂Happy Birthday Bill Russell (February 12, 1934 -)

 

 

On This Day, February 12, 1968, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver was published for the first time.

Lyndon B Johnson On Race

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

   Lyndon B Johnson   (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)   
Lyndon B Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)  

We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings because of the color of their skin. The reasons are deeply imbedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand – without rancor or hatred – how this happened, but it cannot continue. Our constitution forbids it. The principles of our freedom forbid it. Morality forbids it. And [now] the law forbids it.

Note: These words were spoken by then President Lyndon B Johnson after the passage and ratification of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on July 02, 1964, but as history would prove it had little lasting impact. The words of politicians are shrouded in lies, not truth. The current President, amplifies these lies every time he speaks.

 

Photo Credit: The Suspicious Patriot by Demar Douglas.

 

 

  

Listen to Kanye West sing Everything I Am here.

 

🎂Happy Birthday Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) In Memoriam🌹

Barack Obama on Race

   Barack Obama    (August 04, 1961 -) 
Barack Obama  (August 04, 1961 -) 

I noticed that there was nobody like me in the Sears, Roebuck Christmas catalog […] and that Santa was a white man. I went into the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror with all my senses and limbs seemingly intact, looking as I had always looked, and wondered if something was wrong with me.

Kahlil Gibran On Race

   Kahlil Gibran   (January 6, 1883–April 10, 1931)
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883–April 10, 1931)

Said a sheet of snow-white paper, “Pure was I created, and pure will I remain for ever. I would rather be burnt and turn to white ashes than suffer darkness to touch me or the unclean to come near me.”

The ink-bottle heard what the paper was saying, and it laughed in its dark heart; but it never dared to approach her. And the multicolored pencils heard her also, and they too never came near her.

And the snow-white sheet of paper did remain pure and chaste for ever – pure and chaste – and empty.