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The historical novel, "BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior...," is still available on-line at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. But while you're here, please feel free to click the MENU icon (upper left corner) to access additional information. Or, simply leaf through the various journal postings below. Thank you for visiting. William "Duke" Smither

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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   “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 […]