Nina Simone: That Blackness

She said is best! – This is how all black people should feel, deep down in their souls and to let it pour out of their/ourselves.

Don’t let anyone tell you/us that we are nothing less than a people who are beautiful and capable of doing anything we set our minds too. Don’t let others poison your mind to think you cannot think on your own. That you cannot be proud, Pro-Black: for your people, to teach black culture and history to our children and adults, to support black business, to uplift each other.

Thank you to our heroes, present day and ancestors. Thank you Nina Simone, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King, Assata Shakur (Black Panther activist), Mumia Abu Jamal – political prisoner:

Cornel West (American philosopher, academic, activist, author public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America), Diane Nash (student at Fisk University, she became the leader of the Nashville Student Movement alongside John Lewis, Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr., Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., and Julian Bond), Rosa Parks, Amzie Moore, Fannie Lou Hamer, Booker T. Washington, Ida Bell Wells (journalist, newspaper editor), Bobby Seale & Huey Newton (founders of Black Panther party) and countless others.

Note, the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Moreover, these legal changes greatly affected the opportunities available to women, nonblack minorities, disabled individuals, and other victims of discrimination. This was only 50 years ago, my Mother & Father were children at this time. We have came a long way, but still so many setbacks and this country has not surpassed racism / sexism / classism. The formation of Jim Crow laws which still influences our government to this day – industrialized prison caste system as Michelle Alexander (civil rights litigator and legal scholar) explains in her book The New Jim Crow.

Don’t let any person tell you being Pro-Black is wrong or somehow anti-others. If we do not educate ourselves on where we came from, our ancestors who made it possible for us practice free speech of expressed issues within and outside our communities – we will not know where we are going in life and how to better us as a people.


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