by William “Duke” Smither “For a seventy-year period, when America cared little about the education of African-Americans, and discrimination was law and custom, The Bordentown School was an educational utopia. An incubator for black pride and intellect, it taught values, discipline, and life skills to generations of black children…” (Anonymous) Sometimes, you just have […]
"Until Lions Write Their Own History, Tales of the Hunt Will Always Glorify the Hunter …"
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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 […]
By William “Duke” Smither “When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one–it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement. I see the neglect in cities around the country, in poor white children in West Virginia and Virginia and Kentucky–in the big cities, too, for that matter. I see […]
By William “Duke” Smither “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black.” (Clifford Roberts, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, from 1931-1976) There are probably as many theories why more black kids don’t play golf as the preponderance of pea-brain musings and conspiracy theories associated […]
by William “Duke” Smither “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” (John Hope Franklin, Historian, Scholar… Descendent of Slaves) Tunis Campbell, though not widely known, was often reputed as the “most influential’ African […]
By William “Duke” Smither “As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.” (From the Crucifixion of Jesus, Luke 23:26-NIV) Buried Footnotes The Holy Week and Easter festivities are on the horizon, […]
by William “Duke” Smither “There is no Negro (Black) problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution…” (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a.k.a., “Frederick Douglass,” Abolitionist, Diplomat & Writer, b.1818 – d.1895) Once again, Black History Month (2015) is front-and-center. For some folk, […]