Thursday, June 18, 2015

Charleston Massacre: You Blew It, Mr. President

On the evening of June 18, 2015, a young white male decided that he had the right to walk into a historic Black church in Charleston South Carolina during Bible study and gun down in cold blood nine innocent people who were worshipping there, because, in his words, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, who has posted pictures of himself wearing a jacket adorned with the Confederate flag and the flags of racist regimes in Africa, calming walked into the Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African-American church in South Carolina, sat down in the pews for a few minutes, then stood up and opened fire on the churchgoers. He fled the church immediately after, but was caught on Thursday afternoon and put into custody. The chief of police of Charleston, as well as many other public officials, immediately classified this heinous incident as a hate crime, but the President of the United States of America did not.

I love, respect, and admire Barack Obama. I support him and his policies the majority of the time. I understand what he goes through as the most disrespected President ever, and the fine line he has to walk  as the first African-American president. But this time, Mr. President, you blew it.

On Thursday afternoon, the President made a statement about the Charleston Massacre, one of the largest mass shootings in recent times. I wanted to hear the president do what he does best: give us understanding and healing words, and then segue to how he and the Department of Justice were going to immediately deal with this shooting since it was immediately put into the Federal jurisdiction.

But sadly, I was disappointed and actually angered by his “speech”, which is posted above. Instead of calling this as the hate crime that it was, the POTUS framed this incident as part of the problem of “gun control”. Yes, people were shot and killed because Dylan Roof was given a .45 caliber pistol as a birthday present from his father, but that is not why nine people were murdered, including the pastor of the church who was also a state senator. The parishioners of the Emmanuel AME church were targeted because they were Black–plain and simple. This was domestic terrorism based on race. This was a HATE crime, not just another example of easy access to guns.

Why couldn’t Mr. Obama say so? Why didn’t he call the crime for what it was? Already the people over at Fox News are trying to spin this as an “attack against Christians…” when it had nothing to do with the victims’ religion and everything to do with their race. You had the chance to tell the nation and the world exactly what happened and to frame the discussion and the dialogue in truth–no matter how painful. Why, Mr. President, did you blow it?

Charleston Massacre: You Blew It, Mr. President

Friday, April 24, 2015

Loretta Lynch: the first African-American Attorney General


Loretta Elizabeth Lynch is the new United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. On April 23, 2015, Lynch was confirmed by the Senate by a 56-43 vote, making her the first African-American woman to serve in this position.

Born May 21, 1959, as a child, she spent hours with her father, watching court proceedings in the courthouse of Durham, North Carolina. Her early fascination with court proceedings was compounded by stories of her grandfather, also a pastor, who in the 1930s helped people move to the north to escape persecution under the Jim Crow laws of the time.

Ms. Lynch began her career in the Eastern District in 1990, after working as a litigation associate for a leading New York firm. Ms. Lynch served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. While in the Long Island Office she was the lead prosecutor in a series of trials involving allegations of public corruption in the Long Island town of Brookhaven.

During her first tenure as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law.

Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Ms. Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance issues. She continued her focus on legal education, serving on the board of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and teaching a series of trial advocacy workshops for the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTR.

Ms. Lynch is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority.

On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Lynch for the position of U.S. Attorney General, to succeed Eric Holder, who had previously announced his resignation. She was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26, 2015, and approved by the full Senate on April 23.


Loretta Lynch: the first African-American Attorney General

Monday, February 2, 2015

Black History Month Google Doodle: Langston Hughes

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Today, February 1, is the first day of Black History Month. It is also the 113th birthday of Langston Hughes, author, poet, social activist, and leader of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.


Google is celebrating by honoring the late Langston Hughes, with an awesome “Google Doodle” via YouTube. Enjoy!





Black History Month Google Doodle: Langston Hughes

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King - 10 of His Greatest Moments in History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a prominent American civil rights activist, but also a social reformer and an author. He is often referred to as the human rights icon since he called for equal rights for all without resorting to violence or aggression. His lifetime of service is forever ingrained in the history books of our country.

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday since January 20, 1986. Before that day, Congressman John Conyers, an African-American Democrat from Michigan, spearheaded the movement to establish a Martin Luther King day. In 1970, he convinced New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor to commemorate King’s birthday, a move that the city of St. Louis emulated in 1971. Other localities followed, but it was not until the 1980s that Congress acted on Conyers’ bill. By this time, the congressman had enlisted the help of popular singer Stevie Wonder, who released the song “Happy Birthday” for King in 1981.

Today we present 10 of King’s most remarkable moments in the history of the United States.

  1. In 1954 at the young age of 25, Dr. King became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

  2. Montgomery Bus Boycott: Beginning on December 1, 1955, the same day Rosa Parks was arrested, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

  3. Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Dr. King served as the first president of SCLC in 1957 and under his direction the organization peacefully helped coordinate mass protest campaigns, voter registration drives and fought for economic equality among Blacks.

  4. March on Washington: In 1963, Dr. King helped to lead over 200,000 people down Constitution and Independence Avenue to the grounds of the Lincoln Monument for a peaceful demonstration that fought for the Civil Rights of African Americans.

  5. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year: In 1963, Time magazine recognized the efforts of Dr. King as a fearless leader who fought to bring equality to America and named him their Man of the Year.

  6. Nobel Peace Prize: In 1964, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership and nonviolent approach to Civil Rights.

  7. American Liberties Medallion: in 1965 King was awarded the American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee for his “exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty”

  8. Voting Rights Act: in 1965 this act restored and protected the right to vote.

  9. Best Spoken Word Album: in 1971, King was posthumously awarded the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for his Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.

  10. Widely Admired People: King was second in Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People in the 20th century.

Dr. Martin Luther King - 10 of His Greatest Moments in History

Friday, January 2, 2015

Today in Black History: January 2







Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), american film director Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), american film director (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The filmmaker Oscar Micheaux was born on this day in 1884. He first formed his own production company to produce his novel, The Homesteader, then went on to produce more than 30 more films.






Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Ph.D. graduati... Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Ph.D. graduation, University of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was born on this day in 1898. She was the first African-American to receive a doctorate in economics.








John Hope Franklin John Hope Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. John Hope Franklin, historian and author, was born on this day in 1915.






CliffordWhartonMSUDr. Clifton Wharton, Jr. Became the 14th president of Michigan State University on this day in 1970, becoming the first African-American president of a predominately white university.



Credit: Black History Facts


Today in Black History: January 2