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MUSIC THAT CHANGED HISTORY Featuring “Donny Hathaway”

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“SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE”

Released‎: ‎1973
Recorded‎: ‎1971-1973
Genre‎: ‎Soul

 

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Someday We’ll All Be Free” is a 1973 song by Donny Hathaway from the album Extension of a Man. The song was released as the flipside to the single “Love, Love, Love”. Though the song was only released as an uncharted A-side, it is considered an R&B standard, having been covered by many artists over the years.

The lyrics were written by Edward Howard, for and about the mental pain that Donny Hathaway was experiencing at the time. Edward Howard said:

“What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him.”

Years later, the song began to be interpreted as being written about black rights, primarily due to Spike Lee featuring it at the end of his biographical film Malcolm X. However, as Howard said:

“A lot of black people have taken the song for some sort of anthem. That’s fine. I didn’t write it for that, though. It doesn’t have that significance for me. I take it with a grain of salt. I’m glad it has some significance.”

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Donny Hathaway himself particularly loved the song and as Eulalah Hathaway stated:

“He loved that song. Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It’s pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out.”

Although the song did not chart, the B-side of the single, “Love, Love Love” peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B charts

Six years later, Hathaway’s life ended when was found lifeless on the sidewalk below the window of his 15th-floor room in New York’s Essex House hotel. It was reported that he had jumped from his balcony. The glass had been neatly removed from the window and there were no signs of struggle, leading investigators to rule that Hathaway’s death was a suicide. A Brilliant Life that we honor to this day. Donny, yes-It is true, “Someday we’ll all be free.”

 

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Today We celebrate the Life of a “Great American”-Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King understood that our greatest strength to establishing powerful relationships is to be honest about our greatest weaknesses. We have all been socially conditioned to worry about what others will think and it’s only when we share our failures, our sincere thoughts, and what we don’t know with them is when we grow as a human being.

When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, we bridge our world then we grow. The truth is that these moments of vulnerability are the very moments that we grow. When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, who are insecure about something, or who have failed because we’ve all been there we grow. Dr. King understood while we all struggle, that it’s not only okay to be vulnerable, it’s crucial.

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate You!

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Cleveland Police Union Chief Jeff Follmer said, 12 year old’s shooting was justified

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 One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 12-year-old boy wielding what turned out to be a BB gun when he was shot by police outside a Cleveland recreation center, whose name has not been officially released, was shot in the stomach, He was taken to a nearby medical center in serious condition, EMS officials said. Throughout the night his condition deteriorated and he died.

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 The shooting came after a man at the park adjacent to the rec center called police when he saw “a guy with a gun pointing it at people.

The caller twice said the gun was “probably fake” and told dispatchers the person pulling the gun from his waistband was “probably a juvenile,” according to audio released by police officials late that Saturday.

The caller’s doubt was never relayed to the responding officers – one in his first year on the force, and the other with at least a decade of experience, Follmer said.

 

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Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer

How could Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer say “The shooting was in anyway justified.”?

In a television interview Jeff Follmer, not only refers to Tamir Rice, the 12 year old boy tragically shot down by cowboy police as a “man,” but put in no uncertain terms that the shooting was 100% justified. He said this as the All In show’s video crew played a side-by-side of Follmer talking and the heartbreaking security cam video of Tamir Rice’s death.

He (Jeff Follmer) go’s on to say, “”If you listen to us you wouldn’t be dead right now.” Remember folks — its easy! Just do everything we tell you exactly when we tell you and you wont be dead. By the way, you have 3 seconds before your life is over. No pressure!

The rookie officer saw the boy at a park bench pick up what looked like a gun and placed it in his waistband, Follmer said.

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The officer ordered the boy to put his hands in the air. Instead, police said, the boy reached for his gun. Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said the boy made no verbal threats to the officer and there was no physical confrontation.

The officer fired twice at the boy, hitting him in the stomach at least once. The department’s Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating the shooting.

This Sadistic Pathetic Cowboy (Follmer) has the audacity to call a dead youth’s murder justified.  This is why, we see harm with the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect, sowing suspicion where trust is urgently needed. False sentiment and absolute ignorance will continue to have an impact in targeted communities. The results can be catastrophic for all ,This must stop!

In the mean time my organization Freedom First International and the Guilty In Innocence Project have both asked for the immediate removal of Jeff follmer Please join us:

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Notes from my Struggle: S.C.L.C-Standing in the Shadows of Love

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President

Friends, I hope this message finds you in Peace and in Love,

I want to indicate the exact reasoning  why I wrote this post-case in point that is over the past ten years I have been heavenly  influenced by the plight of those less fortunate or the poor. My goal was not to seek empathy, but my “Clarion Call,” came through the need to assist others. After the experience of the death of a “loved one,” up until that point I quickly discovered how God humbles men to submit to his will. As the scripture in the book of Prophet James says, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  Moving forward-I can honestly say my first direct action campaign was to advocate with The American Civil Liberties Union vs. The Death Penalty. The ACLU is nonpartisan organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution.  I must argue that the current state of our country has readily shown me that perhaps many people’s view of constitutional rights is purely subjective to say the least.

 

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Over the last five years, I’ve had honor of serving as a general member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and within the past year organizing as a Chapter President in the SCLC State of Florida under the great leadership of Pastor RL Gundy. While, there frequently we would be called to engage in nonviolent direct action programs if deemed necessary. As a man of faith, I felt an urgency to live up to that promise. In early 2012  while on the way to a meeting in Atlanta, Georgina with then S.C.L.C Executive Director Damien Connors, I was contacted by members of a committee to assist members of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Family in an initiative that would counter the removal of then SCLC President Issac Farris. I decided to give strategic and operational support to this effort because I specialize in both areas through training and attrition. Though the campaign was short-lived, very valid points became readily apparent.

Up until that point until the present time I participated as a growing national leader in advocating and organizing many campaigns for human rights, examples include as lead advocate George Stinney Jr. vs. South Carolina, The Florida (National) Battle vs. Stand Your Ground to name a few. All these events have heightened my concern because many of us are doing the work of our First National President Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an obligation to the legacy. Moreover because we are called by God to do his will. Other great standouts are SCLC Chapter of Jacksonville, Florida (great organization),  SCLC Peoples Coalition (unofficial, but growing), SCLC Roanoke, VA (great organization), SCLC State Chapter of Texas and many more. 

Moreover, I am aware of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. Over the past few years I along with many have concern if and why the National Leadership would sit back idly and not “show in prove,” concern about what happens in Ferguson, Mo., New York, NY., Chicago, IL., In truth Dr. King once told us “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” While this was a bidding concern for many of us, in truth every day It has become readily apparent that we have been absent from the national frontlines.  It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place around the country, but it is even more unfortunate that the power structure left the African-American community and others with no alternative. Where are we as an organization in all of this?

In truth at this most important time in our nation, we need you as our voice to stand up! To take a side, to enter into the national concern, to become a voice, to break through dissidence and continue the work as our founders have given their lives to our cause. For the record I must say; I give my life to this cause, and I’ll die for the cause.

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our motto “Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus” is a Latin phrase, meaning: “Let there be justice, though the world perish.”

Note: I have started an alternative organization Freedom First International because I didn’t want to worry about the overall impression of taking liberties from our organization here because I have organizational ties there and Freedom First was born out of the rich tradition of the SCLC. Freedom started as a Chapter Affiliate. Our  motto “Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus” is a Latin phrase, meaning: “Let there be justice, though the world perish.” I would never compare the two, but I honor and  preserve the mandate of those who died on the front lines of love for us! So, we work toward the future!

I still believe in our organization, as Dr.King said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

I hope this message finds you in “Peace and Love,” but ultimately my three questions to you;  1) are we standing on the wrong side of history? or 2) with our founders legacy at stake are we standing in the shadows of love? 3) Can we redeem? – I (many) need to know.

Reverend Gregg L Greer -Freedom First President, SCLC member

 

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What Do the King Letters from the FBI reveal to us Today?

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

This letter should be read and studied by everyone in the United States, only because it demonstrates exactly how much damage the intelligence community was willing to inflect on citizens —and when they (intelligence) latch on to a target, how far will they go to accomplish their mission.

imagesRZI84PW0The New York Times recently published a unreacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage. The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro, the notorious program between the years 1956 and 1971, they (FBI) wanted to prevent the rise of a black “messiah.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the lives of black leaders such as Dr. King and others including the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and S.C.L.C-Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The strategy included bugging their homes hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of their daily movements by FBI agents.

 

The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro
The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro

Portions of the letter had been previously redacted. One of these portions contains a claim that the letter was written by another African-American:

 “King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all us Negroes.” It goes on to say “We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done.”

  • This line is key, because part of the FBI’s strategy was to try to fracture movements and pit leaders against one another.

The newly unreacted portions shed light on the government’s bizarre plan to harass and discredit Dr. King. One paragraph states:

No person can overcome the facts, now even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.

  • And of course, the letter ends with an ominous threat:

“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

There’s a lesson to learn here: history must play a central role in the debate around spying today. As Professor Gage states:

Should intelligence agencies be able to sweep our email, read our texts, track our phone calls, and locate us by GPS? Much of the conversation swirls around the possibility that agencies like the N.S.A. or the F.B.I. will use such information not to serve national security but to carry out personal and political vendettas. King’s experience reminds us that these are far from idle fears, conjured in the fevered minds of civil libertarians. They are based in the facts of history.  

 

the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

           

Today technology allows us better understanding of these strategies in the digital age are not so much surprising but sill disturbing nonetheless. What if the Facebook chats, porn viewing history, emails, were made public to discredit a leader who threatens the status quo, or used to extort a reluctant target into becoming an FBI informant? These are not far-fetched ideas. They are the reality of what happens when the surveillance state is allowed to grow out of control, and the full King letter, as well as current intelligence community practices illustrate that reality richly. (GLG)

 

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The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership Part 3

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Leadership is a missing commodity in our world today.  As we install the third article in our series The Need for Urban Christian Leadership Part 3 we must review this fact. We can search every church, every temple, synagogues, civic organization, mosque and more, then we will not be able to find the much-needed change. I once read the following fact which I very much agree with. The fact concerns issues that are major problems facing our leaders and worldwide communities on a global basis.

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism faces our society daily
The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism faces our society daily
  • The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism.
  • Global warning and environmental destruction.
  • The Conflict between Nationalism and Globalism in Nations around the world.
  • The growing discontent of U.S. Citizens and their social culture due to declining literacy, and Racial Strife .

These problems are a constant threat to our very existence, and as we enter into a new world and new day and age we must consistently seek change. At best inspired leadership can transform and renew our organizations, to motivate a certain vitality that would change the world. 

Three Principles for Effective Urban Christian Leaders

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Every effective leader needs advice and seeks advice. The ability to listen to the advice of others is the mark of a great leader

Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.

Proverbs 25:4,5 – Remove the dross from silver and out comes material for the silversmith; remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

 

Characteristics of a Good Leader – Awareness of his Influence

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In almost every era, no country has been able to rise above its leaders. For better or worse, people become like those they follow.

Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous thrive, people rejoice; when the wicked rule, people groan.

Proverbs 29:14 – If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.

Characteristics of a good leader-Service to Others

#3

Each of us has something to offer. We can give our money and our time to charity, be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely, do volunteer work, or be a peacemaker, teacher or minister. We may choose a service-oriented occupation, or we may just do our everyday jobs with integrity and respect for others.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the ultimate model of taking time for the poor, the outcasts, and children. He was naturally drawn to the weak who needed an advocate. We are not meant to live hard-hearted or self-centered lives.

Matthew 25:31-46 – A greedy, miserly life leaves us devoid of anything but an empty craving for more possessions, more power or more status. 

 
John 13:1-17 – Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

Jesus was always active in making disciples, He recognized that His earthly sojourn was short. Therefore he invested his time in the training of disciples to continue the work. He was both their Master Teacher and their Master Trainer. While teaching and training are obviously related, teaching usually connotes the importation of knowledge, whereas training suggests formation or qualification through practice and discipline.

 

 

Preparation for leadership

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The disciples’ preparation for leadership certainly involved the receiving of knowledge, but spiritual growth was uppermost. They needed an experience in the things of God, of faith, of hardship, of sanctification, and of self-sacrifice, along with an intellectual understanding of doctrine and theology. Knowledge alone was insufficient preparation for the rigorous challenges ahead. Jesus gave them both, and so must we!

 

The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership

(This Article is an Excerpt From the book The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership available 1-10-2015

 

The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014
(The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 1-10-2015)

 

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The Destruction of Black Wall Street. A Lesson in History!

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One World The events that destroyed a thriving Black Oklahoma community 93 years ago were much more than a ‘race riot’

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

As one of the most successful and wealthiest African American communities in the United States during the early 20th Century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The invasion was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of US race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.

The Riot and What Happened

The riot began because of the alleged assault of a white elevator operator, 17-year old Sarah Page, by an African-American shoeshiner, 19-year old Dick Rowland (the case against Mr. Rowland was eventually dismissed). The Tulsa Tribune got word of the incident and chose to publish the story in the paper on May 31, 1921. Shortly after the newspaper article surfaced, there was news that a white lynch mob was going to take matters into its own hands and kill Dick Rowland.
A group of armed white men congregated outside the jail and, subsequently, a group of African-American men joined the assembled crowd in order to protect Dick Rowland. There was an argument in which a white man tried to take a gun from a black man, and the gun fired a bullet up into the sky. This incident promoted many others to fire their guns, and the violence erupted on the evening of May 31, 1921. Whites flooded into the Greenwood district and destroyed the businesses and homes of African-American residents. No one was exempt from the violence of the white mobs; men, women, and even children were killed by the mobs.
Troops were eventually deployed on the afternoon of June 1, but by that time there was not much left of the once thriving Greenwood district. Over 600 successful businesses were lost.
 
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The Aftermath

Within five years after the massacre, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders. It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 1960s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality. Since then, city leaders have attempted to encourage other economic development activity nearby.
 
“After the riot, black Tulsans, who were living in tents and forced to wear green identification tags in order to work downtown, still managed to turn the tragedy into triumph. Without state help, they rebuilt Greenwood, and by 1942 the community had more than 240 black-owned businesses.”

What Economic Discrimination means?

Investing in economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. We all must make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home in order to grow. But there also exist those who are disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Economic Discrimination means people often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It curtails access to economic assets such as land and loans for the many. It limits participation in shaping economic and social policies. And, because some have to perform the bulk of the work load, they often have little time left to pursue economic opportunities. – Together-We must learn from the past and work toward the future.  
                
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