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   “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 […]