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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
important time to commemorate African-Americans who have
changed the world. We
must celebrate the rich history of our black leaders,
martyrs, activists, politicians, educators, doctors,
lawyers, preachers, business owners and even the many
who dedicated their life and time building this country
and sacrificing everything for their families.
Mural" Courtesy of Port Towns Comm. Development
Corp Youth Project - Bladensburg Md
History month so far has been incredible, because
everyday I learn something new about my history. Recently
though, while talking with my mom she shared with me
some interesting facts about the American Soldiers who
were stationed in Trinidad during her childhood years in
the late 40s and early 50s. It
was a startling revelation for me, and what was taking
place at the time was a bit shocking.
It seems it was an awful time for the citizens of
Trinidad, and a time when many were in fear.
Mom remembers clearly food was being rationed in
the country and everyone in her family received a Ration
Card which entitled each to receive 1 pound of rice, 1
pound of flour and 1 pound of sugar.
She also remembers how much her mother as well as
the women of Trinidad feared the soldiers, and at night
they routinely turned down their lamps very low and
cover them with cans so that the soldiers would not bolt
into their homes and sleep in their beds.
was a British Colony, and not independent as it is now.)
This is a part of my
history – Black History that I must look into, and
once I complete my research I will share the
details about this time.
Hum, I wonder if there is anyone among my on-line
family who has full knowledge about this era and has no
problem sharing it with me.
Please know that I welcome you to share your
knowledge of this period in time.
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information is by logging on to www.mycaribbean.us,
join if you are not a member and share your
knowledge/information in a blog.
incidents and confrontations occurred in our simple life
over the last weekend and continued during the week,
which opened my mind, and confirmed an interesting and
important fact in the history of Blacks, their growth,
their progression, and why so many constantly have a
hard time working as a team collectively in our distant
past as well as in recent times.
one (1) paragraph
statement I wrote of what I observed happening in my
community, which was included in my last week’s
E-newsletter; that referenced working together as a
collective was the talk of the town.
Yup, strangely this one paragraph was a big hit
(negatively and positively)! I just wrote my opinion on
what I observed, and it upset some folks, well let me
remind them (1) freedom of speech; (2) feel free to
proceed with suing me for speaking the truth; and (3)
This uproar allowed me
to reflect on why it is that people of my race
(African-American / Afro-Caribbean) when trying to do
something together, always result in non-unity; confusion;
a sense of ownership; fighting within; controlling; as
well as “showboating”.
In my quest to find
clarity and understanding, I had long "deep"
discussions with my husband Todd who reminded me of the
past of my people. “They
were captured from their home land and chained to bottom
of ships, they were carried thousands and thousands of
miles across the sea to strange lands in strange new
worlds filled with strange people who treated them
We realized what I was experiencing was
deeply rooted within our soul and went back to 400 years
of mental and physical conditioning that dates back to
I then recalled the
words written and spoken by British Slave Owner Willie
Lynch who owned / worked slaves in
the West Indies, specifically in my home/Island
Trinidad. In the year1712 Mr. Lynch spoke to slave
owners on the bank of the James River in the colony of
Virginia here in the United States of a plan he
conceived, analyzed and implemented regarding how to
keep full control of their “slaves”.
Of course, I spent a substantial amount of time
reviewing the words of Mr. Lynch, and it was evident
everything I was experiencing and wrote about was the
result of his plan.
I realized it would be very difficult to turn
years of psychological and physical conditioning in a
span of 40 years. None-the-less, I feel we must
try our best to release ourselves from these mental
chains; and we must try extremely hard to get over this
crazy madness and concur the battles we have amongst
ourselves that began 100s of years ago. I am
hopeful we can achieve unification; working together
collectively; and most importantly helping each other
up, not only when we are down but always - without
conditions and limitations.
If you read nothing
else on this e-mail you must read what Willie Lynch
spoke and wrote about from beginning to end, and you too
will realized why we in America and the Caribbean are in
the condition we currently are in with the lack of
unity; "backstabbing"; confusion; hating;
poverty; crime; violence towards each other; incarceration;
and even teamwork, etc. Simple because this is
what has been instilled into our hearts and minds from
our forefathers and passed down through time -
generation to generation, and which is obviously still
embedded within us today. What a real shame!!!!
Please read below what
Slave Owner Willie Lynch wrote in
1712 “A fool-proof method for controlling your
Read it, study it and understand what Mr. Lynch
mastered regarding controlling the black men and women
think about how it’s affecting
all of us today.
Once you have absorbed Mr. Lynch words let me
know what you think!!! Click
Here for an interesting perspective of Mr. Lynch
Letter (Courtesy Final Call)
Gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the
James River in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you,
the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for
bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some
of your problems with slaves. Your invitation
reached me on my modest plantation in the West
Indies, where I have experimented with some of the
newest, and still the oldest, methods for control of
slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is
implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James
River, named for our illustrious King, whose version
of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that
your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of
wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its
highways in great numbers, you are here using the
tree and the rope on occasions.
I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging
from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only
losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having
uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are
sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum
profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals
are killed. Gentlemen, you know what your problems
are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to
enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you
to a method of solving them.
In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD
FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee
every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT
WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS
YEARS. My method is simple. Any member of your
family or your overseer can use it.
I HAVE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES
AMONG THE SLAVES; AND I TAKE THESE DIFFERENCES AND
MAKE THEM BIGGER. I USE FEAR, DISTRUST AND ENVY FOR
CONTROL PURPOSES. These methods have worked on
my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will
work throughout the South. Take this simple little
list of differences and think about them. On top of
my list is “AGE,” but it’s there only because
it starts with an “a.” The second is “COLOR”
or shade. There is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZES
OF PLANTATIONS, STATUS on plantations, ATTITUDE
of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on
a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair,
course hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have
a list of differences, I shall give you an outline
of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST
IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN
ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION.
The Black slaves after receiving this
indoctrination shall carry on and will become
self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS
of years, maybe THOUSANDS.
Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD
black male vs. the YOUNG black male, and the YOUNG
black male against the OLD black male. You
must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT
skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs.
the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE
vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE.
You must also have white servants and overseers
[who] distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY
THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST
LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US.
Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to
control. Use them. Have your wives and children use
them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED
INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL
REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL.
Thank you gentlemen.”
As I close out my e-mail, I thought it would be good to
share with you the Proclamation by President Barack
Obama regarding Black History Month, which you will find
below. Please continue celebrating with your
family and friends; teach your kids about
all what our black leaders and people have
accomplished, invented, fought for, died
for, and is still working hard towards.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 01, 2010
Proclamation -- National African American
In the centuries since African Americans
first arrived on our shores, they have known the
bitterness of slavery and oppression, the hope
of progress, and the triumph of the American
Dream. African American history is an essential
thread of the American narrative that traces our
Nation's enduring struggle to perfect itself.
Each February, we recognize African American
History Month as a moment to reflect upon how
far we have come as a Nation, and what
challenges remain. This year's theme, "The
History of Black Economic Empowerment,"
calls upon us to honor the African Americans who
overcame injustice and inequality to achieve
financial independence and the security of self
empowerment that comes with it.
Nearly 100 years after the Civil War,
African Americans still faced daunting
challenges and indignities. Widespread racial
prejudice inhibited their opportunities, and
institutional discrimination such as black codes
and Jim Crow laws denied them full citizenship
rights. Despite these seemingly impossible
barriers, pioneering African Americans blazed
trails for themselves and their children. They
became skilled workers and professionals. They
purchased land, and a new generation of black
entrepreneurs founded banks, educational
institutions, newspapers, hospitals, and
businesses of all kinds.
This month, we recognize the courage and
tenacity of so many hard-working Americans whose
legacies are woven into the fabric of our
Nation. We are heirs to their extraordinary
progress. Racial prejudice is no longer the
steepest barrier to opportunity for most African
Americans, yet substantial obstacles remain in
the remnants of past discrimination. Structural
inequalities -- from disparities in education
and health care to the vicious cycle of poverty
-- still pose enormous hurdles for black
communities across America.
Overcoming today's challenges will require
the same dedication and sense of urgency that
enabled past generations of African Americans to
rise above the injustices of their time. That is
why my Administration is laying a new foundation
for long-term economic growth that helps more
than just a privileged few. We are working hard
to give small businesses much-needed credit, to
slash tax breaks for companies that ship jobs
overseas, and to give those same breaks to
companies that create jobs here at home. We are
also reinvesting in our schools and making
college more affordable, because a world class
education is our country's best roadmap to
These initiatives will expand
opportunities for African Americans, and for all
Americans, but parents and community leaders
must also be partners in this effort. We must
push our children to reach for the full measure
of their potential, just as the innovators who
succeeded in previous generations pushed their
children to achieve something greater. In the
volumes of black history, much remains
unwritten. Let us add our own chapter, full of
progress and ambition, so that our children's
children will know that we, too, did our part to
erase an unjust past and build a brighter
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President
of the United States of America, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim February 2010 as National African
American History Month. I call upon public
officials, educators, librarians, and all the
people of the United States to observe this
month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand this first day of February, in the year of
our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-fourth.
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and a story time.
Words Between Two Reformers: Mary McLeod
Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt
Written and produced by Jewell Robinson, a
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friendship between Mrs. Roosevelt and Mrs. Bethune, a civil rights leader and
member of FDR’s “Black Cabinet.”
Taking Place at: Donald W. Reynolds Center,
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Sponsor: National Museum of African American History and Culture and National
26, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA
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