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13 April 2017

A Tragic End for Celebrated Justice Abdus-Salaam

It was shocking to read about this well respected woman of color and an inspiring force for justice was found dead on the shores of the Hudson River.  She was featured in my May 1, 2013 post when Governor Cuomo selected her for the New York Court of Appeals. Details are sketchy at this point and there was some speculation that she may have committed suicide. As a society, we've lost a woman who fought for fair sentencing and handling of the many criminal cases she's had to decide over the years.  Judge Abdus-Salaam was 65.
I truly hope she is resting in peace and power for whatever the circumstances were that culminated in her death by homicide or suicide; it's a devastating blow to all that is good about humanity.

Link Update:

 Mystery and Melancholy Surround Death of Judge Found in the Hudson

04 April 2017

Commemoration of Dr. King's 1967 Speech: "Beyond Vietnam"

A brief and personal note:  It's amazing to me how things seem to change and still remain the same. As a young woman I witnessed those times and as others were so upset that Dr. King was speaking out against the war in Vietnam; I and many other young adults were cheering him on. In the spirit of true honesty, he was also pigeonholed by those in the black community who had given up on non-violent means of fighting oppression. My philosophy about "civil rights" had morph into "human rights" which broaden my concern for humanity beyond our shores and Dr. King had made that transition as well. He paid dearly for it and was forsaken by many of his cohorts, colleagues and fellow domestic freedom fighters. It was a difficult time for him and a loss for humanity.
A scholar and minister of faith, Rev. William Barber  with his fusion politics and fight for the poor and oppressed requires our attention and support during this space in time.  His eloquence and  ability to focus not only on defining the problem (s) but solution planning brings renewed energy to the movement.  His 'Beyond the Dream'  events speech at Riverside Church this past Sunday to commemorate Dr. King's speech there April 4, 1967 was soul stirring and intellectually grounded within his own terms, vision and context of the times.  

 The link {below} is a documentary celebrating this memorable speech and man of truth, forethought and moral clarity. His undying love for the oppressed and their right to become free and fully functioning citizens of these United States and the world strengthens the legacy 50 years later.   

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” - In Memoriam -

08 March 2017


Photo:  Patrick Melon

By Chris Wilson 

21 January 2017

The Obamas: Depth & Symbolism


2nd Inauguration Parade 2013
Inauguration Parade 2009 

First State Dinner @ White House

Two of the many images of the Obamas that make you smile

At first, there was some worry about engaging in a Tavis Smiley "love letter" mode to former President Obama given that I was one who would from time to time express my concern and disappointments with some of his decisions and behavior especially as it pertains to black folks. Ta-Nehisi Coates did a splendid job on the latter in an essay he wrote, 'My President Was Black'  . I must say that I cared about his Presidency and was protective towards the family and truly loved what they stood for not to mention the impact on young people. Those who have chosen to live and prosper within mainstream America despite their concerns on certain issues remained loyal and were unforgiving in their attacks on those black folks who were critical of him at times.  I agree that the symbolism was incredible and it was wonderful listening to young boys deciding to wear ties to school and to take their studies seriously for they wanted to be like President Obama.  It goes without saying {but I'm saying it}that there will be a population of young people of color whom for the first 8 years of their lives reaped the benefits of a man of color occupying the most powerful office in the world.  Oh Lawd...the ancestors said in unison!  I will especially miss Michelle, Malia and Sasha and I eagerly await what great things they will do as citizens. Mrs. Obama cared and pushed programs on children's health  and for the families of those who served  in the Armed Services while first lady. We won't forget.

There was an article some time ago, listing all that the President had accomplished despite the egregious obstructionism by Congress. A post that I published 1/28/2011 titled "Mr. President: What's Goin On?" clearly exposed my inner turmoil  as I felt at that time that there was a 'bait and switch thing' going on. One of the respected bloggers that I follow coined him as the "changeling" which rings true for me.  I, then would consider those issues that we as Americans aren't privy to and what he had to reconcile with that were probably daunting at best with the worse  scenario as cataclysmic.  Then again, there were the social and cultural exchanges he and his family shared with the world while in the White House that left us smiling and at times uplifted.  What an emotional ride over the years and it culminated in tears as I watch the Obamas board the helicopter and what they left behind.  Harambee!

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