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My grandmother, who was very religious, and to whom I was much

attached  - my master, who belonged to the church, and other religious persons

who visited the house, and whom I often saw at prayers, noticing the singularity

 of my manners, . . . and my uncommon intelligence for a child, remarked I had

too much sense to be raised - and if I was, I would never be of any service to any one - as a slave . . .

 

 

Nathaniel Turner

Christian Martyrdom in Southampton 

A Theology of Black Liberation

By Rudolph Lewis

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Killing Fiends & Monsters

 

       ófor Will Francis, died in battle, August 22, 1831

By Rudolph Lewis

INVOCATION

O Southampton Forest Man 

of the Broad Ax!

Lover of freedom! Nerves 

wrought with iron!

Speak to us how 

you cleared the way to Jerusalem

From house to house

Hail! Maker of the Way!

A mountain taller 

than Natís Trusted Four

You, Will Francis, 

were a stone wall, an orgy 

of brandy, gunpowder, & blood.

Tell us of cutting 

down trees of illusions.

Speak! How came you 

to the Sunday feast

at Cabin Pond, 

Reese plantation, 21st August

1831? Hark brought 

a pig, and Henry, brandy.

Yet you hungered 

for a more delicious delight.

WILL SPEAKS

My life is worth no more than others;

My liberty dear to me as my life.

Donít you worry prophet, preacher

man. I want stutter, nor stumble.

You, preacher man, 

will call me Executioner.

But Iíll don no mask, 

other than Godís creation.

I am Godís soldier, 

ready for Judgment Day,

I am your black 

hand, chopping them down!

I wonít give 

a hatchetís glancing blow

Iíll lay Joe Travis 

out; his wife in bedóone 

blow of my ax! 

Iíll bash an infantís brains 

against bloody bricks 

of a fireplace.

Call Richard "The Rev"

Whitehead from his cotton field,

Astride a horse, 

Iíll send him to his grave.

Whack up! Whack up! 

Just a flip of the wrist

Catherine Whitehead, 

her severed head 

falls into the gray 

nothing from her shoulders 

like broken door hinges.

One stroke of my ax 

heads roll like marbles

Elizabeth Turner too, 

one blow of my ax,

Sarah Newsome, 

Iíll send her packing!

Whack up! Whack up! 

I will cut my way

Through white bullets 

of fiendish fear.

 

Monster-filled woods

bottoms of betrayal

Then die gloriously on Harrisí Field.

My life is worth no more than others;

My liberty dear to me as my life.

Donít you worry prophet, preacher

man. I want stutter, nor stumble.

Thereíll be no court for Will Francis

Theyíll never take me and my ax

to trial, wild spirits fly in freedom

swamps, illusions, falling like trees.

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Zippety Doo Dah, Zippety-Ay: How Satisfactch'll Is Education Today? Toward a New Song of the South

Dr. Joyce E. King on Black Education and New Paradigms

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The State of African Education (April 200)

Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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Basil Davidson's  "Africa Series"

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West Africa Before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850

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African Slave Trade: Precolonial History, 1450-1850

By Basil Davidson

John Henrik ClarkeóA Great and Mighty Walk

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Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

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