“The Black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-re-fueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old Black males. the young Black male, and the young Black male against the old Black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us.”-Willie Lynch 

“Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-covered hill, it’s growing. Like the size of a fish that the man claims broke his reel, it’s growing. Like a rosebud blooming in the warm of the summer sun, it’s growing. Like the tale by the time it’s been told by more than one, woo, it’s growing.”-Temptations

Grandparents Day 2016 is history but the memories of the day will linger and like the Temptations’ song, “It’s Growing.” More than 40 grandkids and their grandparents enjoyed a perfect summer afternoon making new friends and reestablishing friendships they have created over the years at previous Grandparents Day parties. From the youngest to the oldest grandchild, they enjoyed swimming, picture taking and game playing while munching on hot dogs, burgers and fresh popcorn from a theater-size machine. Eugene and Sara Smalley’s great grandson was the youngest and Dell and Dan Henson’s grandson was the oldest. The day was especially special when Darrien, who has never missed a Grandparents Day, made a detour before driving to college to see Aunt Valerie and reminisce.

“I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord.”-Psalms 122:1

On a warm Sunday afternoon, family and friends joined The Carpenter’s House at the first pastor’s appreciation for Pastor Purcell Wylie. Among the guests were Iota Phi Theta founder Frank Coakley, Louise Wylie, Delray and Elexis Wylie, Curtis McMeekin, Dwight Harris and brothers of IOTA. Bishop Jude Egbe presided at the service.

“Down the aisle I walk with you.”-Patti LaBelle Congratulations to Jerome and Paula Stephens they walked “down the aisle” 35 years ago, Rose and Michael Heigel walked down the aisle 25 years ago and to Zoey and John Sheff on their 1st anniversary after walking down the aisle.

Happy birthday Colin’s restaurateur Dante Daniels, Tina Jolivet, Lauretta Walden, Frances Tilghman, Beta Dotson, Miss Shirley Ball, Eleanor Janey, Delores Chambers, Carla Nelson-Chambers, Carlos Hutchins, Yvonne Frye, Purcell Wylie, Joyce Ward, Darrien Henson, Eunice Robinson, Jaqueline Richardson, Kenneth Grimes, Clarissa Johnson, Mattie Mumby and Darrien Henson.

Join Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Breakfast with the Mayor Thursday, Sept.15, at Horseshoe Casino. This will be Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake final Breakfast as Mayor of Baltimore

“Imagine a world where no music was playing, then think of a church where nobody’s praying,  if you’ve ever looked up at a sky with no blue,  then you’ve seen a picture of me without you.”-George Jones 

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity is mourning the death of Brothers Troy Johnson and Ronald Wheatley, both of whom were eulogized within hours of each other. Sending our prayers to Charlie Scott on the death of his sister Jessie, to Jay Johnson on the death of his wife Wanda Johnson and to Humphrey White on the death of his mother Harriett Jones at the age of 106. Many of you remember Ms. Jones and the pink house on Liberty Heights.

Willie Lynch in 1712 allegedly gave a speech on the banks of the James River on how to control slaves. We need to educate people on the importance of their vote and the need to make change in order to break the cycle that creates the Willie Lynch cycle to exist.

“Fifty-eight years ago, Dr. King spoke these words on the campus of Morgan State College encouraging the students “to challenge the old and fading regime of racial segregation and white supremacy.”

“So I say to you, go out, not as detached spectators, but as individuals involved in the struggle, ready to cooperate with God, ready to cooperate with the forces of the universe, and make the new world a reality.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thanks Leonard “Duck” Welling for the article “A Christian Goon Squad in Black Baltimore” written by Rudolph Lewis. Members of the Goon Squad were Marion Bascom, Homer Favor, Patrick Scott, Vernon Dodson, Augustus Adair, Lalit H. Gadhia, Parren Mitchell, Joe Howard, Sidney Daniels Harold Dodson, Wendell Phillips and Chester Wickwire; leaders who stood together to make change. Many people have stood on their shoulders.

The question is “who is standing on your shoulder”?  Sadly, little has changed since 1712 or 1958. Oh, yes!  We’re living good, dining well and sitting at the table in the executive boardrooms. The upcoming election is the optimal time to break the cycle. Reach out and talk our history to the young. Tell them about the Goon Squad and the changes they made it’s the only way “a change gonna come.”

 “September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.”-Bill Frist

Kudo to Bobby and Jeanette Lloyd for the article on Eugene Bullard, the first African-American military pilot; this quote attributed to him says it all.

“Tout le sang qui coule rouge; all blood is red.” Eugene Bullard 

Aleut a Continua (the struggle continues)