James Baldwin suggested, “ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” Wake UP America!!

As a U.S. Navy veteran, I am all too familiar with the American will, right, and might. I have witnessed and personally experienced countless acts of American extremism, white supremacy, and terror in my lifetime. There are still places in this country where I do not feel comfortable driving or sleeping. January 6 is yet just another many examples of American extremism. While the world is watching the events of the successionist siege unfold and calling us hypocrites, one-half of our national…

James Baldwin suggested, “ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said upon the remembrance of the work of renowned sociologist and historian W.E.B. DuBois, so long as the devaluation of Black people persisted, “the brutality and criminality of conduct toward the Negro was easy for the conscience to bear. The twisted logic ran: If the black man was inferior, he was not oppressed.”

This twisted logic and psychosis propel many who are paranoid and fixated against contemporary Critical Race Theory. The latest national political polls suggest many republicans are against Critical…

“Juneteenth is sacred. It is a day to honor our ancestors, reflect on community love, family unity, and self-love. There is no national holiday that can heal that wound.”

“Juneteenth is sacred. It is a day to honor our ancestors, reflect on community love, family unity, and self-love. There is no national holiday that can heal that wound.” Dr. Maurice Franklin

‘To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ‘ James Baldwin

While the U.S. Senate passed a bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday, the same senate has refused to vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This bill is a distraction from the January 6 insurrection and the government's lack of…

The Tulsa Massacre, Greenwood, and the Trauma that still plagues Black America

“There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.” — from Giovanni’s Room (1956) — Baldwin

One Hundred Years ago, on May 30th, a 19-year-old black male named Dick Rowland attempted to enter the Drexel Building elevator, in Tulsa Oklahoma. Reports suggest he stumbled entering the rickety elevator and unintentionally touched an equally startled white girl named Sarah Page. Sarah screamed, and Rowland runs away, triggering someone on the first floor who accused Rowland of ripping her dress and rapping…

In an excerpt of Audre Lorde’s Litany for Survival, she writes:
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full, we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak.

-Despite progress, race problems continue to persist

Black History week began in 1926, five years after the Tulsa Massacre, by historian, scholar, and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson chose a week during February to honor the Great Emancipator President Abraham Lincoln and Scholar and Orator Frederick Douglas’s birthdays. Douglass escaped slavery and became a prominent activist, author, and public speaker. He was a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end slavery practices of slavery. The purpose of Black History Week was to honor the significant contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. …

Effective Leadership Development in Nonprofit Organizations

The state of leadership in many nonprofit organizations includes the presence and characteristic of socially popular leaders, who operate in institutional cocoons. These leaders and organizations they lead are stuck in an organizational cycle as an ever-emerging nonprofit organization. An ever-emerging organization life cycle is an organization that is developmentally unevolved. Organizations that mirror that type of characteristic lack the necessary foundational development framework to incubate, effectively. …

As Oklahoma family members of Dr. John Hope Franklin, we see through the transparent veil of President Trump and his administration’s tactics of divisiveness and hatefulness. His transparent attempt tonight of using our cousins name, surrounded by the backdrop of the Black Wall Street Massacre is despicable. President Trumps behavior and overt racial animus is not consistent with our beloved cousins name and historic legacy. We are disgusted and categorically reject the hate and discord that the President of the United States is fomenting and propagating.

John Hope Franklin’s, academic research and passions were about discovering truth, healing, and reconciliation…

Dr. Maurice Franklin

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