Month: September 2011

Month: September 2011

BACKROADS TO FREEDOM, PATHWAYS TO GLORY: Ode to the Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo soldier, dreadlock RastaThere was a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of AmericaStolen from Africa, brought to AmericaFighting on arrival, fighting for survival… (Jamaican Reggae, “The Buffalo Soldier,” sung by Bob Marley) These were the thoughts I had nearly a year ago when I first posted the essay, below, at rizingcubenterprises.com.  They are the same

PATCHWORK COUSINS: The Religious Quilt of Our Nation

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  (U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1, “Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression”) Coming

FROM SACRED TO PROFANE: “Echoes of a Whimpering Nation”

Alabama’s gotten me so upset…  Tennessee made me lose my rest…  And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam…  Hound dogs on my trail…  School children sitting in jail…  Black cat crossed my path…  I think everyday’s gonna be my last.      (From “Mississippi Goddam,” Nina Simone, Carnegie Hall Concert, 1964) Most African-Americans can remember exactly where they