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Athlete. Author. Legend.
April 20, 2014   |   JC68

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he did not commit, died Sunday in Toronto at the youthful age of 76.
Carter’s lightening fast combinations earned him the nickname “Hurricane” and by 1963, Ring Magazine had him rated as the number 10 best fighter in the world. In 1964, Carter got his only title shot against middleweight champion Joey Giardello but lost in a 15 round decision.
Carter’s struggle for freedom and exoneration received global attention after Bob Dylan wrote a song about him. His life story was also popularized in the 1999 film ‘The Hurricane” which starred Denzel Washington.

The attack on a Glasgow street busker that has recently been circulating around the internet and displayed to TV viewers has once again sparked the debate regarding racism around the world. I’m disappointed that incidents like these still take place around the world, but not surprised. Why should I be surprised when incidents like this one happens right here in America? If we can’t even get treated equally in our native country more so, get justice for our black youths whose lives seem expendable and worthless in the eyes of the justice system, why should I be surprised. The fact of the matter is we need to focus more on fixing what WE need to fix in our country first before we can worry about fixing things abroad. EQUALITY IS EQUALITY JUST LIKE JUSTICE IS JUSTICE! We just need to spend more time addressing America’s faults and failures of the black community FIRST!

It’s been a mighty long climb to reach where we are at now and I only expect that climb to get harder as the years go by. As long as I’m here on this earth I will continue to climb, crawl if I have too, until we get the treatment and rights that we are guaranteed.


That wonderful video, “Proud to Be,” was released by the National Congress of American Indians just in time for the Super Bowl in its effort to eliminate the offensive R–skins from the national vocabulary and let people know that we Indians are not mascots.
For decades, the 70-year-old NCAI has sought with considerable success to eliminate racist mascots and nicknames from high school, college and professional sports teams. Team after team, across the nation, the offensive names have fallen.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for congratulating me on my recent induction into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame. I am honored and humbled to have been present alongside so many inspirational people this past weekend. A special thank you goes out to Xernona Clayton, founder and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards. Thank you for sponsoring this year’s event and for sharing your kind words with me. You are truly a remarkable woman.

first-men-in-china-were-black By Daphne R
China is apparently finding out now what Black historians have been reporting for many years, the first inhabitants of China were in fact black.
H. Imbert, a French anthropologist said in his book, “Les Negritos de la Chine”,”The Negroid races peopled at some time all the South of India, Indo-China and China. The South of Indo-China
actually has now pure Negritos as the Semangs and mixed as the Malays and the Sakais.”

By Dr. Rosie Milligan
Hello, this is Dr. Rosie and I just want to encourage your heart today. Your mother, father, sister, brother and children may not see you, hear you, love you, and feel your pain or care about your issues. I want you to know that God sees you, hears you, loves you, feels your pain and he cares, God is concerned about everything that concerns you. Sometime our family and loved ones do not hear us because we are not communicating our needs clearly and we are angry with them because we feel that they should know our hurts, needs and pain even though we have not told them. Your family members are not like God and you have to communicate to them but God, He knows what you feel, and what you are thinking before you think it. If there is something that you need to tell someone and you find it hard to express and you are concerned about how the conversation will go—write them a letter. They cannot argue with the letter or cuss the letter out. You want see their facial expressions either, and they sure cannot not hit you because you are not there. And by the time they see you; God will have had time to soften their heart and will have given them a better understanding about your needs and how they can help you. So have no fear.
Another piece of wisdom: I encourage you to stay focused on what you have versus what you do not have—focus on the people who helped you versus the people who would not and did not help you—focus on what you can do versus what you cannot do—focus on who loves you versus who does not love you.

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old.
Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son’s mayoral campaign said his condition was improving late in December.
Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said Baraka will be sorely missed.
“I went to visit him at the hospital about two weeks ago,” Quintana said by phone. “He was more than poet he was a leader in his own right. He’s going to be missed and our condolences go out to his family today.”

January 5, 2014   |   JC68

I am pleased to announce that I will be receiving an award alongside my brother Dr. Tommie Smith and many other advocates for civil rights at the annual Trumpet Award Ceremony held on January 23-25th. The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame will be taking place on the 24th at 10 am and will be open to the public. This event will be taking place at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and is open to the public.
Come out and join me along with many others, as we celebrate great accomplishments among Black Americans.
For more information regarding this event, please visit http://trumpetfoundation.org/

“Eleanor was one of the great high jumpers in the United States, and the world, not just Cleveland.” – Madeline Manning Mims
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have learned that long time friend Eleanor Montgomery, former track athlete who represented the United States for many years as a world class high jumper, has passed away.
Montgomery was a two-time gold medalist in the high jump at the Pan American Games, in 1963 and 1967. She competed in the 1963 PanAms and the 1964 Olympics while still a high school student at Cleveland Adams. During her career, Montgomery won six AAU high jump titles, in 1963-67, and 1969. She attended Tennessee State University and also jumped for the Cleveland Recreation Department.
At Tennessee State, Montgomery quickly established herself as the top high jumper in the country, winning a total of 13 AAU Indoor and Outdoor, and USA Outdoor titles.
Her personal best high jump was 5-11 in 1969. Her first national title was in the long jump as a 14-year-old, and her best effort was 18-1 1/2 in 1962.
Montgomery is the sixth member of the legendary Tennessee State “Tiger Belles” track team to be inducted. The others are Manning, Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, Martha Watson and coach Ed Temple.

Dedicated to Madiba and all those who gave so much – risking their liberty and in some case their lives in the struggle against apartheid in south africa.

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