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 […]
Welcome to "Talking Drum Dialogues," current website for William "Duke" Smither, Author of "Backroads to 'Bethlehem'...," the novel.
"BACKROADS TO 'BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade," is available on-line at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. A free preview and link to the book is also available via this site's NAVIGATION page (click on the MENU icon in upper left corner, then BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM heading for link to book). You are also invited to leaf through additional blog/ journal postings below. Thank you for visiting.
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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 “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, […]
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 […]
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 […]