by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The media is reporting that business leaders are giving free tickets to “Selma” to more than 75,000 young people in schools from the seventh to the ninth grades. “Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts.” A fallacy in history can affect young people for the rest of their lives.
To be sure, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. did have a serious impact on social legislation by reviving the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned in Civil Rights Cases (1883) because, according to the “High Court,” this legislation violated the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision revived Dred Scott and was a forerunner to Plessy v. Ferguson.
Hon. Elijah Muhammad said it best: “If they will not treat you right, why do you believe that they will teach you right?” This was the basis for the Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls. Summers should be used for Blacks to deprogram their children from compulsory attendance laws.
It is true that both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. visited Selma, Alabama but Dr. King was not in Selma on “Bloody Sunday.” Malcolm X and Dr. King were like two freight trains. They were running on different tracks, however. Dr. King was on a social track. Malcolm X was on a political track.
Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls started in 1994 after the “Central Park 7.” It had many goals including introducing our children to Black history and legal history. The setting was the Underground Railroad in the Catskill Mountains. Both the birthplace of Sojourner Truth in Ulster County and the home of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY were visited and studied.
Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls came to an end after Hurricane Sandy. It was a treasure and it must be revived. Doreen Richardson, the landlord, was decapitated amid the hurricane. It will require community support to start again. A dinner-dance will occur on January 17, 2015 at the historic Cotton Club. Each of the 150 seats must be occupied by investors in Black youth.
These persons are committed to the future of our children. Some white supremacists would love for our children to be an “endangered species.” We bring them into the world and “white paternalism” seizes them for big paydays. They are gifted and reap big, financial benefits for business investors.
Black youth have transformed both sports and arts and entertainment. In the 1950’s, for example, college sports was lackluster. Now, it has ESPN and other sporting networks are getting into the game. In the 1950’s Woody Hayes, coach of football at Ohio State, made $40,000 annually. Now, Urban Meyer, football coach of “The Ohio State” makes $4,000,000 annually, thanks to our children.
White children either lack those gifts or they can pursue educational interests. These gifts are exported throughout the world. Black culture is America’s biggest export. The promise for Black guardians is a new home. This is a rip-off. Revenues far exceed expenses.
“Revival Week 2015” is chock full of events which started with a tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke, the “Master Teacher” and will end with Alton Maddox reappearing in a Staten Island courtroom after a hiatus of twenty-five years. “Justice” and not hush money for Eric Garner has been derailed. Rogue cops are looking for an exit. Maddox intends to set the record straight.
I will be personally acknowledging and thanking those investors who have purchased at least one ticket to the dinner-dance on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the historic Cotton Club. These persons are investing in the future of our children, our most precious and valuable assets. We must stop others from reaping the benefits of our labor.
Droves of young people should be at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to listen to Professor Griff and to listen to my discussion of “Selma” which is based on my civil rights activities in the South and my study of legislative history which must form the basis for Black Agenda 2015.
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