“One of the worst things that happened to Black people in America historically is integration. People ask me why I say that and I tell them it’s because we gave up all of our control.”
– David Banner
Recently, while browsing the internet I was impressed to see a young man express the truth about integration as it relates to the Black community. So, since my series on Accountability has come to an end, I have decided to begin another.
In this next series I will be addressing the Truth About Integration. I believe it is important for us to know Our Story and to teach Our Children and Their Children the truth about what has been done to Our Communities. Because some people think integration was the best thing invented since Mom’s Apple Pie, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
However, in order for us to best understand the truth about integration, we must first understand what it is or what it was.
We MUST Understand Black people have been through several centuries of change since our entrance into these United States. Africans were brought to this nation as slaves and endured oppression for over 400-years – serving under Whites, relenting to their every beckoning call and command.
Once this dark part in history was abolished, Blacks were still subject to White supremacy. Blacks continued to be marginalized through measures of Jim Crow laws and segregation.
Fast forward to May 17, 1954, the date the Supreme Court declared its landmark decision in the, Brown v. Board of Education case. This ruling set the statue in place that separate schooling of Black and White children was inherently unequal.
Thereafter, the Civil Rights revolution put in place laws that attempted to guarantee, no one should be restricted access to education, jobs, voting, travel, public accommodations, or housing because of race. This affirmed that while Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans might not share social space, public institutions, workplaces and schools were no longer subject to being divided into separate domains, with access to the best opportunities determined by skin color.
Now, to a lot of Black folks all this meant was We’z iz finally accepted now! Or, at least that’s what most of Our People thought… Keep picking up our paper to read more about the Truth About Integration!
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.