Thank you for refreshing my
memory. I should very much like to meet and talk with Mr.
Rogers. Although I would love to visit Cuba and capture their
theater and dance for world audiences, my Spanish is limited to
cafe con leche. My friend Mauro who is in charge of our
Argentina events is, of course Portuguese speaking. I would love
to go with Mr. Rogers along with my son. If Mr. Rogers is
willing I could help defer his expenses.
Anything I send you you are
welcome to use as you wish. As a young man I sold watermelons on
the streets of Washington. At the end of a summer my attorney
said I should buy six acres and an old house on the corner of
Wisconsin and Western Ave in Chevy Chase. I asked him how much
cash was needed and he replied $3000. down and $23,000 mortgage.
I told him I needed my money to get married and go to school.
So, he lent me the $3,000.
One year later the property
was zoned commercial and I sold it to Lord and Taylor for over a
million dollars profit. And from there to dealing with a very
wealthy oil man about whom The Ugly American was written, and
then as Vincent Astor's son ( Tony Marshall) as Vice-President
in Charge of investments for The African Research and
Development Company, then my own company Intervest, and so on.
I was involved in the most
exciting adventures in South Africa, Nigeria, Niger, Gabon,
Kenya, Southern Rhodesia ( I sent my 16 year old five years ago
to Zimbabwe) Ghana, Angola, et al. Did you read my attachment,
"Glory Days," that pokes a little fun at my naiveté.
So it is. When we meet
I will do my best to regale you with my tales of Africa
including delivering 50,000 dollars to Lumumba in Paris.
However, let God grant me a little more time for at least one
grand adventure, and I will give up thanks. I am hooked on
adrenalin and lust for adventure. As I grow older I realize that
Americans were cursed by Puritanical ideas.
"The only black woman I had ever touched was my mammy,
Maud. And she was seventy years old and smoked a corncob
pipe and used snuff. And now I was being asked to double-date
with two young maids whose skin was the color of ripe black
After making money in Africa I returned to NY and bought The
Little Theater (next to Sardi's) and we opened with Langston
Hughes Tambourines to Glory starring Clara Ward, and featuring
Bob Guillaume, Lou Gosset, Mickie Grant, Roxy Roker, all young
and unknown artists.
Anyhow, it is a long story and much better told over a glass of
wine. I believe I can revolutionize and democratize theater.
Sound ambitious. It's a piece of cake.
By the way my daughter is a doctor at John Hopkins (after a
career in the Army) and lives in Towson.
Thank you for your kind
interest in my stories. I write for my own pleasure and “Glory
Days” needs to be finished. My
trip was motivated by the same lust and greed that prompted the Conquistadors. "Glory
Days” is very personal. We went
to Africa to exploit. We went to make a fortune and come back to
London or New York and spend the money. To my surprise I fell in
love with the impossible, a black woman. Nor Lena Horne, but an
African woman six feet tall richer, better educated and much
brighter than I was.
write about the defeat of Colonialism, a defeat that after
Vietnam and Cuba we are just beginning to accept. Slavery, the
holocaust, and The Inquisition are the results of
"Colonialism" i.e. the taking of a people's resources
by a superior army. I write Glory days as a satire and point the
irony of White perception of their superiority. I knew Toure,
Lumumba, Vervord, Ian Smith, Welensky, Akintola, Festus Ekote
Iboh, Enaraho, Mandela, Jomo Kenyatta, Amadu Bello, Idi Amin,
and Nkrumah. Today the U.S. still indulges in Iraq this
colonialism and believes in the right to drop bombs on
believe with your editorial help I can give an insight into
the Africa of Change. When my son was sixteen I sent my son to
Zimbabwe to visit old friends. We ran into Mr. Mugabe
and that is another story. I would be happy to provide material
for your journal. At my age I am beginning to realize that most
of my life I have lived in Plato's cave, and not in a real
I will send you more
I read your commentary on
Gangsters in Nigeria and was amused. We should do an article
entitled "Dash" (bribe) which was a way of life. A
character you will often meet in "Glory
Days" is Amadu Bello
(The Sardonna of Sokoto) who I first met in his Palace Parade
Grounds wearing the armor his ancestors had worn when conquering
Spain. He entered from one side preceded by 400 of his children
(wards of the state) who came bearing flowers for me.
negotiations he came to my rondeval at midnight with his
secretary and dictated a six million dollar letter of credit. I
asked him, " Sir, why are we doing it this way?" He
answered, "Because I do not trust my ministers!"
Several years later he was assassinated in his sleep. He was an
absolutely fair, just, and incorruptible officer of Africa. The
historic animosities between the Hausa, Fulani, Ibo, and
Christian are unrelenting and grim. During a meeting Bello began
speaking in Swahili, he looked at me and said, “your language
is better for business, but ours is better for politics.
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So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
By Peter Edelman
If the nation’s gross national income—over $14 trillion—were divided evenly across the entire U.S. population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary for CEOs on the S&P 500 was over $1 million—climbing to over $11 million when all forms of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African Americans is just over $32,000. How can some be so rich, while others are so poor? In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle.
The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage
growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse
results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.—
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Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
By John Lewis
The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis have never been more relevant. Now, more than ever, this nation needs a strong and moral voice to guide an engaged population through visionary change. Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than forty arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the author of his autobiography, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement, and is the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions, including the Lincoln Medal; the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award (the only one of its kind ever awarded); the NAACP Spingarn Medal; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, among many others.
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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great
By Isabel Wilkerson
Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a
sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi
for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin
was falsely accused of stealing a white
man's turkeys and was almost beaten to
death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling,
a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem
after learning of the grove owners'
plans to give him a "necktie party" (a
lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster
made his trek from Louisiana to
California in 1953, embittered by "the
absurdity that he was doing surgery for
the United States Army and couldn't
operate in his own home town." Anchored
to these three stories is Pulitzer
Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's
magnificent, extensively researched
study of the "great migration," the
exodus of six million black Southerners
out of the terror of Jim Crow to an
"uncertain existence" in the North and
Wilkerson deftly incorporates
sociological and historical studies into the novelistic
narratives of Gladney,
Starling, and Pershing settling in new
lands, building anew, and often finding
that they have not left racism behind.
The drama, poignancy, and romance of a
classic immigrant saga pervade this
book, hold the reader in its grasp, and
resonate long after the reading is done.
Exporting American Dreams
Thurgood Marshall's African Journey
By Mary L. Dudziak
Thurgood Marshall became a living icon of civil rights when
he argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme
Court in 1954. Six years later, he was at a crossroads. A
rising generation of activists were making sit-ins and
demonstrations rather than lawsuits the hallmark of the
civil rights movement. What role, he wondered, could he now
play? When in 1960 Kenyan independence leaders asked him to
help write their constitution, Marshall threw himself into
their cause. Here was a new arena in which law might serve
as the tool with which to forge a just society. In
Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey
Dudziak recounts with poignancy and power the untold story
of Marshall's journey to Africa
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The New New Deal
The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era
By Michael Grunwald
Time senior correspondent Michael Grunwald tells the secret history of the stimulus bill, the purest distillation of Change We Can Believe In, a microcosm of Obama’s policy successes and political failures. Though it is reviled by the right and rejected by the left, it really is a new New Deal, larger than FDR’s and just as transformative. It prevented an imminent depression, while jump-starting Obama’s long-term agenda. The stimulus is pouring $90 billion into clean energy, reinventing the way America is powered and fueled; it includes unprecedented investments in renewables, efficiency, electric cars, a smarter grid, cleaner coal, and more. It’s carrying health care into the digital era. Its Race to the Top initiative may be the boldest education reform in U.S. history. It produced the biggest middle-class tax cuts in a generation, a broadband initiative reminiscent of rural electrification, and an overhaul of the New Deal’s unemployment insurance system. It’s revamping the way government addresses homelessness, fixes infrastructure, and spends money.
Grunwald reveals how Republicans have obscured these achievements through obstruction and distortion. The stimulus launched a genuine national comeback. It also saved millions of jobs, while creating legacies that could rival the Hoover Dam: the world’s largest wind farm, a new U.S. battery industry, a new high-speed rail network, the world’s highest-speed Internet network. Its main legacy, like the New Deal’s, will be change.
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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