“…The death of a thing is not the end; it’s merely a new beginning. But, it’s the backroads in life that are often the most fruitful and divine!” (From “Backroads to Bethlehem….” 2018 Debut Novel by William “Duke” Smither, Release Date Pending) ABOUT THE BOOK: “BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM…” (Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior…) is […]
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By William “Duke” Smither “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time […]
by William “Duke” Smither “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” U. S. Constitution – 1st […]
by William “Duke” Smither “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism…” Oprah Winfrey The way I see it, racism AND sexism happens to be America’s 5th dimension of bigotry- more like pawns- on the ‘sociopolitical chessboards of life’, like the bane of barefaced bigotry against women, especially African-American women. Yet, on the flipside of this sociopolitical […]
by William “Duke” Smither “I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do […]
By William “Duke” Smither “Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should […]
By William “Duke” Smither “I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” Harriet Tubman (a.k.a., “Black Moses”) After my Baptist minister dad had died, when I was five, my maternal grandmother, […]