Month: February 2015

Tuskegee Honored at Hall of Fame

By Michael February 25, 2015 Off

Tuskegee honored at Hall of Fame.  The crimson helmet of the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee is on display as part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s “Helmet of the Week” feature.

It is an appropriate designation as the month long celebration of Black History draws to a close next week. After all, the legendary football program at Tuskegee has won more games than any other Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the history of college football. read more

Paper Puzzle Signing

By Michael February 13, 2015 Off

The novelist and essayist Harold Michael Harvey will appear at the Sights & Sounds Black Cultural Museum, Saturday, February 14, 2015 to autograph his novel Paper Puzzle. The public is welcome to come out and visit with the author from 10:00 a. m. until 2:30 p. m.

Long before Ferguson and Staten Island, Harvey was writing about the injustices in the judicial system. Paper Puzzle is a modern day Southern murder mystery that exposes the underbelly of the good ol’ boy network of power and judicial system abuse. read more

Cooking and Eating Paleo

By Michael February 11, 2015 Off

Since Labor Day 2014, I have been cooking and eating Paleo. I’ve always being a healthy eater, but after a hearty breakfast up at the ranch during our Labor Day getaway, my wife asked if I would join her in cooking and eating the Paleo way. I had just eaten more than my share of biscuits with homemade jelly and a big bowl of grits. Needless to say, while enjoying my breakfast, I was unaware that within hours I would be asked to give up this delectable fare. read more

A Delightfully Funny Valentine

By Michael February 10, 2015 Off

Have you ever had a delightfully funny valentine?

Several weeks ago, I posted to my Facebook page an old photograph of my wife and I. It was taken in July 1979. She was my guest at a wedding reception that my mom had prepared for my brother Gerald and his college sweetheart, Cotilda Quarterman.

Three weeks ago, I followed this photograph up with one of us, which was taken during the 2014 Christmas season. The caption on the second picture indicated we met 35 years ago. read more

Black History Week 1969

By Michael February 7, 2015 Off

It was the forty-fifth day of the year, the last day of Black History Week 1969. I was a senior at the Lanier Senior High School, probably no more than five feet eight inches tall, and weighing in, after being soaked in a rainstorm, at one hundred and fifteen pounds.

Lanier had opened its doors to educate white boys exclusively in Macon, Georgia, three years before Dr. Carter G. Woodson began the first observance of Negro History Week in 1927.  Most of the town’s leading white citizens had graduated from Lanier. Many did not go on to college. It was enough to have been a “Lanier Boy.” The discipline and bearing of a Lanier boy were unmatched by any white youngster growing up in Middle Georgia during that day. read more

Black History Month More Than a Month

By Michael February 6, 2015 Off

Black history is more than a month. Black history is made every month. There is hardly a day that goes by when some black person does not make history.

Prior to 1927 there was not any observance of black history, nor of the accomplishments of black people. There had always been historical markers made by black people that changed the course of human history. Those events were usually whitewashed leaving the public to think that only white people had contributed to the development of civilization. read more

Dr. King On Economic Boycotts

By Michael February 5, 2015 Off

During his last sermon, April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke on economic boycotts. He believed that economic boycotts could be used to gain civil and political rights.

Dr. King, was a pragmatist. He realized that to bring about change in America it would require programmatic solutions.He knew the real power of the civil rights movement centered around the power of economic boycotts. read more

Jack Ellis: A Black History Salute

By Michael February 4, 2015 Off

C. Jack Ellis, today I tip my hat to you in observance of Black History Month. You inspired many with your successful run for Mayor of the City of Macon, Georgia just before the turn of the century. Your tenure in office was so successful, that the Georgia General Assembly changed the form of government by consolidating the city and the county in order to keep you from returning as Mayor of Macon. read more

Dr. King’s Vietnam War Speech

By Michael February 4, 2015 Off

Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against war during an address at Riverside Church in New York, April 4, 1967. Exactly one year later, Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. would breathe his last breath. Some say he should not have gotten himself involved in the Vietnam War. However, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that it was his abounding moral duty to lift his voice up for peace. He made his position clear and the distance between him and President Lyndon B. Johnson began to widen. read more

New Book by Rodney Battle

By Michael February 3, 2015 Off

We are pleased to announce a new book on relationships has been acquired by Cascade Publishing House. The author is Rodney Battle. The working title is “The Battle Line: Boy meets Girl or Vice Versa.” The Battle Line is sure to bring a fun hip-hop approach to meeting and greeting that special someone. The Battle Line is expected to be published in time for the holiday season. read more