IMHOTEP OF ANCIENT EGYPT, WAS THE REAL FATHER OF MEDICINE. HE LIVED ABOUT 2300 B.C. GREECE AND ROME HAD THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF MEDICINE FROM HIM. IN ROME HE WAS WORSHIPPED AS THE PRINCE OF PEACE IN THE FORM OF A BLACK MAN. HIS ETHIOPIAN PORTRAITS SHOW HIM A NEGRO. IMHOTEP WAS ALSO PRIME MINISTER TO KING ZOSER AS WELL AS THE FOREMOST ARCHITECT OF HIS TIME. THE SAYING, “EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY FOR TOMORROW WE DIE,” HAS BEEN TRACED TO HIM. HIPOCRATES, THE SO-CALLED “FATHER OF MEDICINE” LIVED 2,000 YEARS AFTER IMHOTEP. 

 

 ABEN ALI, AN AFRICAN NEGRO, WAS PRIVATE PHYSICIAN TO CHARLES V11, KING OF FRANCE (1403-1465). WHEN THE KING FELL DANGEROUSLY ILL AT TOULOUSE, ABEN ALI WAS SENT FOR AND HE CURED HIM. THEREAFTER, THE KING MADE HIM A MEMBER OF HIS SUITE.

DR. C. TAVARES, AN AFRICAN NEGRO, WAS THE PRIVATE PHYSICIAN TO KING CARLOS 1 OF PROTUGAL UNTIL THE LATTER’S DEATH IN 1908.

DANIEL WILLIAMS, CHICAGO SURGEON WHO DIED IN 1931, WAS THE FIRST TO PERFORM A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION ON THE HUMAN HEART.

 

STAND AND BE COUNTED

VISION CHECK

INSPIRE

 

Man cannot be made wise or strong or moral by exterior laws or agencies. There are two ways to help a thriftless man. One is to build him a house and place him therein. The other is to inspire in him the sense of Industry, economy, and ambition, and then he will build his own house. All tools, books, pictures, laws, on the outside, begin with ideas on the inside. Inspire the reason, And a man will fill the library with books. Wake up the taste and Imagination in young men, and they will fill the galleries with pictures. Stir the Springs of Justice and men will go forth to cleanse inequities and right wrongs — Parkhurst.  

VISION CHECK

JUSTICE, A ‘four letter word’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the formation of ”a more perfect union,” the next national priority was to establish “justice.” But the American irony has been that, even after the Civil War, The judicial system has not been one of “equal justice under law.” From a racial standpoint, the system has been one dominated often by the unequal justice imposed upon African Americans.

In the criminal justice system the fact of one’s race sometimes has been a critical factor in determining whether prosecutions are initiated or terminated, whether the jury returned a verdict of guilty or not guilty, where the certain judicial instructions are given to the jury, where the witnesses are or are not believed, and in the determining the formulation of ultimate judicial rulings. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the issue of race has matter in a substantial number of cases. 

From The arrival on this continent in 1619 of the first shipment of African slaves, there have been many roads intersecting Freedom, indentured servitude, and slavery. Crossroads involves choices between equality and white supremacy, and between democracy and perceptions of black inferiority. After so many setbacks at so many intersections, African Americans have picked up their bags and tried, again and again, to go on the road in search of their rights as human beings. The struggle has always been to become equal citizens, to be included within the majesty of the phrase  “We the People.” African Americans and their allies have been at that pursuit for centuries and are still at it today.

The American Legal process has provided sign posts in the form of constitutions, amendments to Constitution, legislative enactments, and judicial decisions, not all of which have pointed the nation towards the whole or destination of blacks as free, full, and equal participants in the whole American society. Rather, those signposts have sometimes led African-Americans down a circuitous path, starting from when they were perceived as not different from cattle. moving up from the status of being considered less than human, African Americans Later viewed as lower caste, untouchables, second- class” persons”; then as civil rights crusaders and challengers in the federal courts, which in turn became more supportive during the second half of this Century to enforce the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. Now, African Americans constitute a multi-faceted minority. It is irrational to preffer [choose] a monolithic description of their status. They occupy a vest continuum. At one end, some, such as the author of this volume, now have the benefits of substantial equality and have been upwardly mobile. In contrast, at the other end, there continues to be pervasive and unfathomable in-equality for many African Americans. Read more »

VISION CHECK

THE QUEST FOR EQUALITY AND FINANCIAL AUTONOMY

No one seems to have noticed or understood the signals from the white world, signals which tell how tremendously important the whites regard any movement toward unity among blacks. Nothing racial seems to upset them more. That is why they insist on being on “any-black” organizational movement either as financially supporting members, or as “ advisors,” observers or reporters. To bar them from any exclusively all-black conference Is regarded as something a little less than treason or as some kind of black conspiracy in the making. On the other hand, no blacks are ever present at all-white conferences where the fate of blacks everywhere is discussed and decided.

 

Unity among blacks has been prevented for so many centuries that the various mechanisms to keep blacks disorganized have been perfected in the western system of race control. The white man is keenly aware of the tremendous power of any well organized groups. But an organization of blacks on a scope that would represent the voice of Black America would be a threat and a challenge not only to continue white dominance of blacks in the United States, but also foreign policies and practices that affect the lives of African people elsewhere in the world.

 

But the apprehension of whites about the possibility of real black unity appears to be quite as needless now as in the past. For we are still in the “meeting and talking” stage of our history, and appear not to be ready even to begin the attack on the obviously built-in obstacles. These have been pointed out over and over again. They had to be emphasized and could not possibly be overemphasized, because, in addition to the historic reasons for our own self-generated disunity, no other non-white people on earth are in the dangerous situation of having so many of their leaders elected, appointed, sponsored or financed by the white ruling classes. In the case of blacks in the United States, and the same is true of blacks everywhere, these negro heads of important institutions and organizations represent the white man’s “indirect rule” over the black community. It is the voice of these “leaders” that is accepted as the voice of the race. They do indeed have a great following, drawing almost entirely from the traditional  “ Negro Elite” and “upper-middle-class” lawyers, government officials, doctors, professors, school administrators, scientists, engineers, heads up integrationist organizations, etc. They are essentially anti-black, anti-african and therefore, anti-black studies. Hence their frantic drive for “integration” which, of course, will effectively check the “alarming” development of pride in race, a sense of cultural identity respond to one’s own bloodline, and a growing knowledge of being members of a race with a record of achievement unsurpassed by any other people, despite  the conversion of so much that was black to white. This the negro leadership will destroy even at its inception by forcing the black youth of America more directly under white education, direction and control –  a vengeful striking back at black youth for starting a revolt against their mental enslavement in the first place  

 

The obstacles to unity are so great that the outlook is both discouraging and frightening to all but the strong with the will to both survive and overcome. The very first major obstacle to be overcome involves a mental revolution out of which Black America faces up to the stark reality that white America as a whole is it’s enemy, that blacks will be recognized only in a subordinate role, at the scattering of black office holders, high and low, really mean nothing to the race as a whole, that there are actually two sets of laws as administered – one for whites and one for blacks, just as there were two sets of wages and prices; and finally, that’s the blacks loyalty and devotion to the whites, despite of all they have done and still do them, mystifies the whites themselves and confirms anew their belief that such humble–dog attitude Indicate inferiority independently of everything else. 

 

Until afro-americans are quite clear in their own minds about the real situation in this country, all talk about unity and achieving equal justice will be just that  –  useless talk. But with a clear understanding of reality, the specific studies and planning for a broad program for securing racial unity in progress can begain.  

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“JUST SAYING”

We often forget this, most of us; but it is true. Noise, anger, explosive tones, superlatives, exaggerations of passion, add nothing to the force of what we say, but rather rob our words of the power that belong to them. But the utterance that shows a spirit subdued by truth and mastered by wisdom is the utterance that speaks away opposition, that persuades and overcomes. Go into a heated political convention and you will find that it is not men who get angry and storm and swear who carry the day. But the men  Who never lose their tempers and  never raise their voices; who keep talking quietly and placidly as if they were discussing the weather. This is a truth that all of us who seek to influence our fellow beings, in the family, in the church, in the school, in society, in politics, anywhere, must lay too heart. We are prone to forget it; but we make a great mistake when we do forget it. The soft tongue freezes the bone. The tamed tongue subdues the adversary.— Gladden

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