Looking forward to presenting Friday February 10, 2012 at 2pm at the Black Law Student Rocky Mountain Conference at the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Renaissance Hotel.  My goal is to inform, inspire, and empower these law students from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that they can  start and run a successful legal practice. 

 Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson (Omega Psi Phi Man), the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (originally called the Study of Negro Life and History) was a ground breaking Black Think Tank of the world’s most prominent Black scholars.  The Association worked tirelessly to refute racist and incorrect ideas about African-American culture, life, and history through scholarly research, presentations, and publications.  By the way, did you know that Dr. Woodson was also the founder of Black History Month and the bestseller Mis-Education of The Negro. Thank you Bro. Woodson!

While attending the NCAA conference panel discussion about the student athlete experience I was fortunate to capture on video Michigan State all-conference QB discussing the hardships faced by major college football players in relation to obtaining a meaningful education while competing at the highest level. Take a listen for yourself from Wednesday January 11, 2012 event

Mia you inspire me with you passion and compassion, and I thanks you for showing the rest of us that the truest measure of wealth is not in dollars and cents, but in lives touch and helped!

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Had a blessed time last night giving the keynote for Oklahoma City University’s annual MLK Celebration.  The lively crowd included former United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge and current Oklahoma City University president Robert Henry, hip-hop star Kanye West’s grandfather (pictured right and who participated in the nation’s first ever sit-in), and prominent Oklahoma City attorney/CPA Jeff Trevillion.

I was especially blessed with the impressive young people that performed and attended.   Without a doubt, they were extremely talented, but it was their sincere humility and willingness to serve the community and their passion for seeing the true legacy of Dr. King that pleased me most.    I truly believe that for many of them they will move truly move “Beyond the Dream” and truly get to know and work toward Dr. King’s vision and desire for a nation that has a “radical redistribution of wealth and economic power” so that everyone has access to adequate food, water, shelter, education, health, and opportunities!

Last night I   while preparing for my MLK speech at Oklahoma City University Tuesday night, I was in the room with my wife who was watching Bravo’s Housewives of Atlanta.  I am not a fan of the show, but became interested in the episode after overhearing the cast members talking about taking a trip to South Africa, which got my attention because I have family there, really enjoyed my time visiting there, and generally excited anytime mainstream TV promotes Africa.   Yet, my excitement was short-lived. See, just when I thought this show could not get any more demeaning since it already   exploits almost every negative stereotype Black women face in this country; the Bravo Network, the show, cast members, and producers sunk to an all-time low by making a mockery of the enslavement of our (and their) ancestors. Wow, I can’t believe that while looking at an enslavement exhibit scene at an African-American museum that showed a Black male mannequin in chains, two of the cast members, (one who is actually a practicing attorney)  were making jokes about the mannequin’s “genitals” and even (the lawyer!) physically looked under the loin cloth of the  exhibit to see “what he was packing” which further plays into the “hyper sexuality” of the African-American community.

This is an outrage and I am disgusted. Exploiting stereotypes is one thing, and while I do not expect positive and uplifting content from these shows, I certainly do NOT expect to have the deadly and brutal chattel slavery era—that saw upwards of 100 million Africans forcefully snatched husband from wife, mother from daughter, father from son…forced to endure the horrendous middle passage…forced to suffer the humiliation of being sold at auction blocks like chattel…forced to work from “can’t see morning, to can’t see dusk” for the total enrichment and empowerment of others…forced to work under the consistent threat if death, rape, beating, or kidnapping…forced to breed with each other like beasts of the field— mocked by “educated” African-Americans on national TV!

In closing, can you imagine a Jew or (anyone for that matter) going to a Jewish Holocaust exhibit or museum, laughing and making sexual jokes about the topless exhibits? No you can’t because it would NEVER happen, and if it did it would be national news and the person/s responsible would be immediately escorted (rightfully so) out of the facility. As I reflect on all that the Civil rights generation went through, the beatings, the lynching, the jailing, the marching, and the killings, I am saddened to have to think: is THIS what Dr. King and others fought and died for?!? So, we could have the freedom to trivialize our plight and struggle for TV ratings and a few dollars. I guess Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month and author of Mis-Education of the Negro  put it best by stating in 1933 “when you control a man’s mind, you don’t have to worry about his actions… [he] will find [his] proper place and will stay in it…you do not need to send him to the back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.” For whatever reason, the Atlanta Housewives felt that their proper place was to make it ok for the nation to find humor in the enslavement and oppression of Black people, their people; I can only pray that they find a way to become educated on why this is not the proper actions for such beautiful “southern belles.” Lastly, I’m sure the former enslaved African below would find no humor in their actions.

Love to see stories like this where someone’s hard work and dedication is being rewarded with tangible resources to assist towards their ultimate goal.  Without a doubt, our nation will be a better place if we continue to support the Mauri Miller’s of the nation.  This is whats possible for our young brothers, and I love it!

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