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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   “The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world’s definitions.” (James A. Baldwin, Writer, Novelist, Poet & Playwright) D’Army Bailey, founder of the “National Civil Rights Museum,” at Memphis Tennessee’s Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination […]