History, geography, military secrets, beer, racism and religion

This is a post about history, geography, military secrets, beer, racism and religion. I know you’re thinking and wondering how I’m going to meld those topics together. Well, read on for the answers…

History. Many years ago, well about 57 or so, the US Coast Guard gave me an all expense paid trip to Ebeye Island.… [Read more]

On this day in history: Letter from a Birmingham Jail

What follows is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader. At the time, King was being held in a Birmingham, Alabama jail after being arrested for a planned non-violent protest by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This letter should be required reading for all to have more of an understanding of this nation’s history, and perhaps what we can do to move forward.… [Read more]

What’s Changed in America? Then and Now

“And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I can remember April 4, 1968 as though it were yesterday. … [Read more]

Unity, Progress and Peace

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address to the nation on Monday was a reminder how far America has come and how far we need to go. He pointed out so boldly that America is at a turning point in its history. We can retreat back into the 20th century with old, stale and outdated thinking or America can forge ahead with a new dynamic, multiracial democracy, where all men and women of all races, sexual orientations and creeds are truly equal.… [Read more]

The Fallacy of ‘Gun Appreciation Day’

Times and nations change. It’s 2013, not 1776. We don’t have bands of ‘angry Indians’ cresting the hill with feathers, war paint, and bows and arrows, wanting their land back. We broke our treaties and screwed them a couple of centuries back. The South will not “rise again” to get America back for the so-called “War of Northern Aggression.”  We’re still free.… [Read more]

A Day to Give Back: National Day of Service

“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15th marked what would have been Dr.… [Read more]

MLK: The Time is Always Right to do the Right Thing.

Today would have been the eighty-fourth birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., PhD.  Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of thirty-nine. He was killed by a man with a rifle using ammunition designed to kill big game.

Dr. King was no stranger to guns, having armed himself as many other leaders had at the start of the Civil Rights movement.… [Read more]

Un-Occupied Chicago

It’s finally over in Chicago:  No more NATO summit, no more Occupy protesters. I breathed a sigh of relief today as I realized Chicago was Un-Occupied. Sunday, protesters clashed with Chicago cops, refusing to disperse a few blocks west of McCormick Place. A few injuries and some arrests later (worn like a badge of honor, I’m sure), and immediately we saw Facebook… [Read more]

Black History Month

After I came across this pathetic Brigham Young University (BYU) video, I felt compelled to offer, as a Black History Month gift to y’all, a little perspective.

Black history month? Why? What for? There’s no white history month?

I trust that you’re not the one saying this right now. But if this happens to be your first line of reasoning with regard to Black history, then the answer to “why” is “because of people like you.”… [Read more]

It’s a Wrap – Week In Review, January 22, 2012

What a week! We started the week with a national holiday, the annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream reminds us that we have come so far as a nation but we still have a long way to go.  When we take time to look at how far we have to push forward in order to make that “more perfect Union”, we have to take a step back to see where we went wrong.… [Read more]

I Have a Dream

I have a dream in 2012.

A dream that….

  • No man, woman or child will go to bed hungry.
  • Quality, affordable healthcare is available to all.
  • There is peace in the world.
  • Corporate and political corruption is an anomaly.
  • Protecting and preserving our environment is a priority.
  • No one is ever judged based on race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
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