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Reflecting On What It Means To Be Woke?

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“Some folks are confusing being ANGRY with being “woke”. The most woke voices in the room are not always the loudest.”

The National Negro Bowling Association

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The National Bowling Association

The National Negro Bowling Association (NNBA) was founded on August 20, 1939 in Detroit, MI.  At that time, the majority of bowling organizations did not allow blacks to become members.  In many cases it was actually written into the constitution of organizations that only whites could be members.  The NNBA held its first tournament in Cleveland, OH in 1939 which featured teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin.  There was representation from other states as well.  However, bowlers from Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit dominated the association until the 1950’s.


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National Negro Bowlers Association – 1939

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Dr. Louis T. Wright:  Medical Pioneer, Decorated War Veteran & Advocate For Racial Equity

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Dr. Louis T. Wright (1891-1952)

A native of La Grange, Georgia, Dr. Louis T. Wright (1891-1952), was an accomplished surgeon, researcher, activist, and a decorated war veteran. The son of formerly enslaved parents, his father and stepfather, were also a physicians. Wright’s father died when he was four years old. His mother married physician William Fletcher Penn when he was 8.

A graduate of Clark University, Wright earned a bachelors degree in 1911 followed by a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1915. While at Harvard, he protested when denied permission to help deliver babies at a teaching hospital due to his race. Wright initially began his activism while a student at Harvard. He left medical school for 3 weeks to join the NAACP picketing of the film, “Birth Of A Nation”. After returning to Harvard, he graduated fourth in his class in 1915.

During his military career, he served in France as a doctor and captain in the United States Army during World War I. Wright was instrumental in saving the lives of countless soldiers during the war. Exposed to poison gas during the war, Wright developed a lifelong respiratory illness. For his service, he was awarded a purple heart. While serving in the army, he introduced the use of intradermal vaccinations for small pox during World War I. After the war, he moved to New York City. In 1919 he became the first African American appointed to the surgical staff at Harlem Hospital. The white medical superintendent who hired Wright, was severely criticized and eventually demoted for hiring him. Several white physicians on staff also resigned to protest his hiring. Unhappy with the run down condition of the hospital, he was instrumental in raising the standard of patient care and professionalism of the staff as well as advocating that African American physicians be given the same employment, internship, and training opportunities as white physicians.

Wright devoted his entire career to increasing opportunities for African American physicians. He eventually became Chief of Surgery at Harlem Hospital. While there he also launched a scholarly publication, the, “Harlem Hospital Bulletin” and established a medical library at the hospital. Wright remained part of the hospital staff until 1949 in various capacities. During his medical career he also founded the cancer research center at Harlem Hospital and also became the first African American to serve as the NAACP national board chair. During a speech given to NAACP membership in 1937, Wright stated,

“There is no use saving the Negro from being lynched, or educating for sound citizenship if he is to die prematurely as a result of murderous neglect by America’s health agencies solely on account of his race or color.”

Wright was also very active in protesting commonly held medical misconceptions that African Americans, due to biological factors, tended to have greater amounts of syphilis and other infectious diseases more than the general population. He shared these views in the NAACP publication, “Crisis”. A staunch advocate against racism, and prejudice, he was committed to desegregation of hospitals and improving training and education opportunities for African American physicians. During his career he authored 89 scientific papers; several of which were integral to improving treatment of bone fractures and also conducted groundbreaking cancer research. In 1949 he was awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Wright died from tuberculosis in 1952.


“Louis Tompkins Wright,” in W. Augustus Low & Virgin A. Cliff, Encyclopedia of Black America (New York: Da Capo Press, 1981); “History of Medicine: The Wright Stuff,” American Legacy Magazine 10:3 (Fall 2004).

MLK Sanitized To Satisfy……

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Powerful quote from! Dr. King’s legacy is being both sanitized and euthanized!

We celebrate his birthday and make anniversaries of noteworthy events in his life, but by their very veneration the Powers That Be have sanitized Dr. King’s memory, removing everything they find threatening.”


“What’s Your Life’s Blueprint?” – Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Black Mail Readers,

Today, the United States celebrates the MLK holiday; celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In honor of Dr. King, we would like to share one of his lesser known speeches to students at Barton Junior High School in Philadelphia, PA in 1967.   The speech is an inspiring commentary for African American youth.  We encourage you to watch the video with children in your circle and have a discussion.  Though the video was made over 50 years ago, it still resonates today!

Racism In Retail (Again)…..

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Retailer H & M recently pulled a photo of a black boy wearing a hoodie with said, “coolest monkey in the jungle“. Not sure how NO ONE thought about how this would be viewed as offensive. The ad has been pulled, but not before social media blasted the retailer. Not surpisingly, the retailer also had some defenders on social media making comments like, “I see a sweet little black boy wearing a sweater with ‘coolest monkey in the jungle. I see nothing else. Hope this helps.
Another said, “Perhaps it was an innocent mistake and no-one even thought that they injected racism into the ad.”

Unfortunately, the disrespect of comparing black people to monkeys has a long standing racist history!


Revisionist History Reaches An All Time Low….Trump Chief Of Staff Says A ‘Lack Of Compromise’ Led To The Civil War

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In an interview with Fox News today, Trump Chief Of Staff, John Kelly says a “LACK OF ABILITY TO COMPROMISE led to the CIVIL WAR”.

COMPROMISE? Can you really come to a compromise when it comes to the enslavement, oppression, rape, murder, and economic disenfranchisement of an entire race of people perpetuated and perpetrated out of greed for hundreds of years?

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Police Dogs and Anti-Black Violence – AAIHS

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The use of violence as a tool to oppress and subjugate people of color is well documented. Many have seen images of African American protestors during the Civil Rights movement being viciously attacked by dogs. This was not a phenomenon only common to the American Civil Rights Movement. The use of dogs to inflict violence upon people of color is well documented both in the U.S. and abroad. Dogs were often used to inflict punishment on enslaved persons. They were also used to track enslaved persons who ran away. The use of dogs was not ask haphazard. Dogs were specially bred for this purpose.

In an article published by the African American Intellectual Society (AAHIS), Tyler Parry, associate professor at the California State University, Fullerton, candidly shares this troubling and violent history.

Some of our readers may recall the viral video of an African-American man being mauled by a police dog in Florida in July 2017. This incident is also highlighted in the article as well. Click below to view the video. Note the images in the video are disturbing:

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54th Anniversary of “I Have A Dream Speech”

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photo Credit: Library of Congress

August 28, 2017 marks the 54th anniversary of the historic “I Have A Dream Speech” given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in Washington, DC during the March on Washington.  More than 200,000 flooded the capital for the historic speech.  Below are some little known facts about the March that you may not know.

  • The March on Washington along with the speech given by Dr. King was said to pressure President Kennedy to approve federal civil rights legislation in Congress.
  • Dr. King was not the “originator” of the “I have a dream” language contained in his speech. It is likely that this language was first used by then 22 year old Prathia Hall after the burning of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1962.  King had preached at a church service following the bombing.  Prathia Hall prayed during the service.  During her prayer she shared the “I have a dream” language.  Check out our previous Black Mail post for more information on Prathia Hall.
  • Originally, the speech was entitled, “Normalcy – Never Again” and did not contain any “I have a dream” wording. Dr. King was encouraged by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who whispered to him during the speech, “Tell ‘em about the dream Martin.  Tell em’ about the dream.“
  • Dr. King was the last speaker of the day. Many of the march participants, had already left to return to their homes and missed the historic speech.
  • William Sullivan, head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence division wrote a memo after the speech labeling Dr. King “as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”
  • King’s speech, initially did not get much attention in the media. The march itself received most of the media attention.  By the time of King’s death in 1968, the speech, had been largely forgotten.
  • Dr. King first shared, “I have a dream” during a speech in Detroit two months before the March on Washington. Several of his staffers actually tried to discourage him from using the language again.

Check out a video excerpt of the speech:


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