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Some say that hell is below us / But I say it's right by my side
'cos you see evil in the morning / Evil in the evening, all the time
You know damn well / That we all must be in hell
We got to be in hell / We all must be in hell
We must be in hell.

 

 

Soul School Institute

February Schedule

Dr. Darkwah, Prof. Gibbs, Amiri Baraka / Paul Coates, Jim Griffin, Robert Moore

 

FEBRUARY 8    

DR. NANA BANCHIE DARKWAH, Author, Africans Who Wrote the Bible: Ancient Secrets Africa and Christianity  Have Never Told

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FEBRUARY 15  PROF. C.R. GIBBS, LECTURER & RESEARCHER, White Slaves in Africa

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FEBRUARY 25  AMIRI BARAKA, Embattled Poet Laureate of New Jersey -- 

No Surrender, No Retreat

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MARCH 8

Panel Discussion: 

Civil Rights and Black Power in Baltimore During the 60s and 70s

PANELISTS: 

PAUL COATES, JIM GRIFFIN, ROBERT MOORE AND BALOGUN OLUGBALA 

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The Soul School Institute is an African Nationalist training center established to develop revolutionary organizers capable of building revolutionary programs through which mass revolutionary political action can be achieved. We seek those Africans who are conscious of their responsibility to their people and are discipline to work within a collective framework.

The Soul School Institute will also engage in serious research particularly contemporaries issues that globally impact on Africans. The results of that research will be disseminated to the masses through publications, seminars, symposiums, and lectures. Additionally, Soul School Institute stands ready to assist any other African Nationalist organization that is sincere about the liberation and defense of our people.

Finally, the Soul School Institute works within the Sojourner-Douglass College as affirmation of our intent to strengthen African institutions.

Historically, the Soul School Institute is the successor to the S.O.U.L. (Society of United Liberators) which was a product of the Black nationalist surge of the 1960s. The Soul School Institute embodies the spirit of the S.O.U.L. School. The passion to learn, teach, organize, and struggle.

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Not Gone With the Wind Voices of Slavery—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—9 February 2003—Unchained Memories, an HBO documentary that makes its debut tomorrow night, provides a powerful answer to that question. It gives us, through the faces and voices of African-American actors, an introduction to a vast undertaking that took place in the 1930's: the collection and preservation of the testimonies of thousands of aged former slaves in an archive known as the Slave Narrative Collection of the Federal Writers' Project. This archive unlocked the brutal secrets of slavery by using the voices of average slaves as the key, exposing the everyday life of the slave community. Rosa Starke, a slave from South Carolina, for example, told of how class divisions among the slaves were quite pronounced:

''Dere was just two classes to de white folks, buckra slave owners and poor white folks dat didn't own no slaves. Dere was more classes 'mongst de slaves. De fust class was de house servants. Dese was de butler, de maids, de nurses, chambermaids, and de cooks. De nex' class was de carriage drivers and de gardeners, de carpenters, de barber and de stable men. Then come de nex' class, de wheelwright, wagoners, blacksmiths and slave foremen. De nex' class I members was de cow men and de niggers dat have care of de dogs. All dese have good houses and never have to work hard or git a beatin'. Then come de cradlers of de wheat, de threshers and de millers of de corn and de wheat, and de feeders of de cotton gin. De lowest class was de common field niggers.''NYTimes

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Nina Simone—Go to Hell

Go to Hell

                      Lyrics by Nina Simone

 

If your mind lies in the Devil's workshop
Evil-doin's your thrill
And trouble and mischief is all you live for
You know damn well
That you'll go to hell (yeah)
You'll go to hell

Now you're living high and mighty
Rich off the fat of the land
Just don't dispose of your natural soul
'cos if you do you know damn well
That you'll go to hell (yes, you will)
You'll go to hell

Hell
Where your natural soul burns
Hell
Where you pay for your sins
Hell
Keep your children from doing wrong (if you can)
'cos you know damn well
That they'll go to hell
They'll go to hell

Hell
Man, woman were created
Hell
To live for eternity
Hell
With an apple they ate from the tree of hate
So you know damn well
Oh... they went to hell (yes, they did)
They went to hell

Some say that hell is below us
But I say it's right by my side
'cos you see evil in the morning
Evil in the evening, all the time
You know damn well
That we all must be in hell
We got to be in hell
We all must be in hell
We must be in hell.

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Olugbala Passes at 81 Years Old

The Soul School Institute sadly reports the death of its most senior member, Brother Balogun K. Olugbala. Brother Olugbala, born 28 August 1931 in Tampa, Florida, transitioned to an ancestor on Friday August 31 at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was 81 years old and in failing health. 

Brother Olugbala was a long distance fighter for African people. Starting out as a Civil Rights activist with Target City; a national civil rights project sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) 1966-1968, Olugbala was a founding member of S.O.U.L. (Society of United Liberators) School in March 1968. In April 1968, he was present in Detroit, Michigan at the founding conference of the Republic of New Africa. Brother Olugbala worked diligently to help establish the first Black United Front in Baltimore and was there when the 1st Black Panther Chapter was also started in Baltimore. Olugbala was a charter member of Division #460 of the Universal Negro Improvement Association/African Communities League (U.N.I.A/A.C.L). Brother Balogun K. Olugbala last served his race as Chairman of the Soul School Institute.  

Joseph H. Brown, Jr. Funeral Home /2140 N. Fulton Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217 / (410) 383-2700

Friday Sept. 14, 2012—Wake 12 noon / Funeral 12:30 p.m. // Thursday Sept. 13, 2012—Public Viewing 2-8 p.m

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America.

This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.”

Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson, III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America.

Wilderson has a distinct, powerful voice and a strong story that shuffles between the indignities of Johannesburg life and his early years in Minneapolis, the precocious child of academics who barely tolerate his emerging political consciousness. Wilderson's observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid's last days.Publishers Weekly

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Southern History Across the Color Line

By Nell Irvin Painter

The color line, once all too solid in southern public life, still exists in the study of southern history. As distinguished historian Nell Irvin Painter notes, historians often still write about the South as though people of different races occupied entirely different spheres. In truth, although blacks and whites were expected to remain in their assigned places in the southern social hierarchy, their lives were thoroughly entangled.

In this powerful collection, Painter reaches across the color line to examine how race, gender, class, and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women and men in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century South. Through six essays, she explores such themes as interracial sex, white supremacy, and the physical and psychological violence of slavery, using insights gleaned from psychology and feminist social science as well as social, cultural, and intellectual history. — Southern Literary Journal

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Creating Black Americans

By Nell Irvin Painter

Painter draws on early stories and official histories, biographical accounts and legends, well-known events and little known incidents. One person highlighted is Olaudah Equiano, one of the earliest of the African slaves to write his account. As one might expect, Painter's pieces on Sojourner Truth and others of her generation are particularly good.

Painter also draws on the official history of the quest for civil rights. She looks at famous court cases, like the Dred Scott decision, Plessy v. Ferguson (which made 'separate but equal' a legal standard), Brown v. Board of Education (which knocked down the same 'separate but equal' as being unworkable), and other political and legal events in the quest for civil rights, even those sometimes viewed as separate from the Civil Rights Movement proper, which is also highlighted in good detail.

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A Time To Speak, A Time To Act

The Movement in Politics

By Julian Bond

An exhortation to political involvement within the decrepit electoral system by the Georgia state legislator and former SNCC activist who stole the show in the 1968 Democratic Convention by becoming the first black man to receive Vice Presidential mention. Bond writes the balanced, sagacious prose of the would-be junior statesman casting about for a national constituency. A reformist who senses the limits of reformism, Bond sees the Nixon Administration (“the bland leading the bland”) endeavoring to strangle the “second Reconstruction” of the 1960s. What he is looking for is an “escape from the circle of politics that always escalates to protest, culminates in rebellion, and results in repression..” The diagnosis is astute enough but the solutions suggested are partial, problematic and equivocal. He plumps strongly for community control—including black-run rackets, prostitution and numbers if they must exist in the ghettos—and heralds the need for a nationwide organization “Negroes and Practical Politics, Inc.” (NAPPI) to channel information, political expertise and funds to prospective black candidates.

At present there are some 1800 black officials in the U.S. and Bond wants to double and triple their numbers but he shies away from any discussion of how unity is to be achieved among the highly fragmented leadership and black power ideologues from LeRoi Jones to Carl Stokes. Once or twice he raises the specter of violence and black guerrilla warfare in the cities but without any real conviction—it may be morally justified, but it won’t work. Despite the firm recognition that “representative democracy has yet to work for us,” Bond can endorse no other way: “I find it increasingly satisfying. It is a pleasure to be a politician.” In the end this is no more than a temperate and somewhat forlorn plea to “the young people” to return to the electoral mire at the grassroots level and combat the mounting apathy that threatens . . . 1972; 163 pagesGoogle Reviewer

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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