Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOBBEE BEE:KINGS RECOGNIZE KINGS


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“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The #ReclaimMLK campaign, inaugurated by the founders of Black Lives Matter, aims to remind the world that the slain civil rights leader was far more than the voice behind the famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington in 1963.

Born out of a fear that King’s memory has become a sanitized version of the historical person, the #ReclaimMLK campaign dedicated the five days between King’s birthday (Jan. 15) and today’s federal holiday to acts of civil disobedience in his name.




The #ReclaimMLK campaign exists to shatter the white-bred illusions that have, as Selma director Ava DuVernay put it, "reduced [King] to a catchphrase, four words: ‘I have a  dream.’"


kkAs you ponder this concept, please consider the words of political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, who eloquently said  Live from Death Row, "The system used the main nonviolent themes of Martin Luther King’s life to present a strategy designed to protect its own interests – imagine the most violent nation on earth, the heir of Indian and African genocide, the only nation ever to drop an atomic bomb on a civilian population, the world’s biggest arms dealer, the country that napalmed over 10 million people in Vietnam (to “save” it from communism), the world’s biggest jailer, waving the corpse of King, calling for nonviolence!”

As a revolutionary as that may sound, did you know that singer Stevie Wonder played a huge role in getting Martin Luther King Day recognized as a national holiday and wrote the “Happy Birthday” song to popularize the effort.

He also took off three years from his career in order to lead the cause in which he helped organize a rally in Washington on January 15, 1981 (King’s birthday), that was a key event in the movement.
 

With the crowd chanting, “Martin Luther King Day, we took a holiday,” black leaders and celebrities appeared, and when Wonder spoke, he said:
 
  "As an artist, my purpose is to communicate the message that can better improve the lives of all of us. I’d like to ask all of you just for one moment, if you will, to be silent and just to think and hear in your mind the voice of our Dr Martin Luther King."

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A highlight of the rally was Wonder’s performance of the song, and over the next few years, Wonder continued his work to raise awareness of the movement and apply political pressure to get the holiday recognized. Another rally followed the next year, and on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill.





The holiday was first observed in 1986, but it took many more years before every state made it a full holiday complete with a paid day off for state workers. South Carolina was the last to do so, joining the other 49 states in 2000. (x)

Happy birthday, Dr. King!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: CELEBRATES KING'S HISTORIC HOLIDAY IN ATLANTA

king12On Monday, January 19th,  Black Athlete Sports Network's Eric D. Graham made a special trip to Atlanta, Georgia in order to celebrate the 2015 commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, where he attended Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center, The Historic Fire Station No.6, and  King's Birth Home.

The MLK celebration, in fact, was a 10-Day observance, which included a broad range of unique programs, activities and events, beginning Thursday, January 8, and concluding on Monday, January 19, the 30th MLK holiday.

This August, The King Center will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the Act is considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the United States of America.


 Dr. Bernice A. King, the daughter of MLK, said that her father referred to that act as "a great great step forward in removing all of the remaining obstacles to the right to vote.”
 
The Voting Rights Act, a monumental piece of legislation, did not occur as matter of happenstance.
The legislation was enacted as a result of the courage, the blood, the struggle, and the persistence of men, women, and youth who had an unyielding faith to persevere in the face of almost insurmountable odds.

king22The valor exhibited by SCLC and SNCC workers, as well as hundreds of volunteers, as they stepped on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, and ultimately into the pages of history, is a testament to their faith and their undeterred desire to enjoy the blessings of democracy.

It is especially fitting, in light of this year being the 50th anniversary of bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act, that the theme for this year’s national King Holiday be “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Courage for our World.”
King Center CEO, Bernice A. King stated, “I am especially grateful for the continued commitment of the businesses, corporations and individuals who are supporting this year’s Annual Salute to Greatness Dinner.  The proceeds from the dinner, which are critically important, help the Center to continue its primary mission of educating the world about Dr. King’s nonviolent leadership philosophy and methodology, which we call Nonviolence 365.”

Below is the schedule of the events
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KING CENTER 2015 KING HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

king5Friday, January 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Atrium– The 2015 King Holiday Observance Kick-Off and Reception. 
 
This event officially launches The King Holiday observance and provides an opportunity for The King Center to thank its friends and supporters for their ongoing commitment to continuing the legacy of Dr. King. The public is invited free of charge.  Contact Tangela Gray at 404-526-8985 or tgray@thekingcenter.org.
 
Saturday, January 10 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Assembly Room– A Beloved Community Talk. The Race Factor Participants will engage in an open dialogue about the Beloved Community as we discuss the “Race Factor” and its impact on what Dr. King called our “World House.” Discussions will include “What is the Beloved Community?,”  “Criminal Justice and Policing Practicing,” and “The Truths, The Lies and Myths.”

Participants will engage in a conversation with panel members about probing racial justice issues with human rights and community leaders.  Then, some of whom are listed below, will discuss together issues of race and identify possible solutions for beginning to address the problem. Some of the participants include:
 

  • Cedrick Alexander, Ph.D., Chief of Police, Dekalb County, Georgia
  • Tim Wise-author of Colorblind, educator and speaker
  • Former members of white supremacist groups
  • Gov. Robert Ehlrich—former Governor of the State of Maryland & activist regarding treatment of inmates in the prison system
  • Elle Lucier- Participant/Organizer/Activist for the its Bigger that You movement- she is a singer who has brought over 5, 000 people to CNN to protest nonviolently against police brutality.
  • Mary Pat Hector-Director of Sharpton’s youth action network 610.  Founder of youth in action
  • Becky Rafter-Director, Georgia for WAND (Women’s Action New Direction)
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The event is free of charge and open to the public. Contact: Carmen Coya at (404) 408-2103 or ccoya@thekingcenter.org.
 
king10Sunday, January 11 from 2:45 -6:00 p.m. at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium– “Leading with Courage: A Discussion and Book-Signing” with Kimberly Johnson, signing her book No Fear for Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9;Several of the original “Friendship 9” members have also confirmed their attendance. Dr. Cornel West will be signing and discussing his new book, The Radical King;  Mrs. Christine King Farris will sign My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Through it All: Reflections on My Life, My Family and My Faith.

Dr. Bernice A. King will sign “Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King” (written by her aunt, the late Mrs. Edythe Scott Bagley, with forward by Bernice A. King) and her book, Hard Questions, Heart Answers; Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, niece of Dr. King, will sign copies of My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference and Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece; Ms. Alveda King, another niece of Dr. King, will sign her book, King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family and Our Nation to Prosper. Open to the Public, free of charge. Books purchased at The King Center will be signed. Contact Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org.
 

roseTuesday, January 13, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium– Choose Nonviolence Now! No Other Way! Students with King -- K-12 students have the opportunity to engage with members of the King Family and individuals who knew and worked with Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Free and open to K-12 students and chaperones. Contacts: Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.orgor Stephanie Thomas at sthomas@thekingcenter.org.
 
Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium- – Choose Nonviolence Now! No Other Way! Students with King

 -- K-12 students have the opportunity to engage with members of the King Family and individuals who knew and worked with Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Free and open to K-12 students and chaperones. Contacts: Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.orgor Stephanie Thomas at sthomas@thekingcenter.org.
 
Wednesday, January 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Boulevard and Auburn Avenue Fire Station– Millenials with King.Courageous Leadership Atlanta.  
This is a King Center experience that exposes young adults to Dr. King’s nonviolent leadership philosophy.  Free of charge, open to the public. Contact: Vonetta West (404) 526-8972 or vwest@thekingcenter.org.


Thursday, January 15 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 pm at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium- Choose Nonviolence Now! No Other Way! Students with King

rose2 -- K-12 students have the opportunity to engage with members of the King Family and individuals who knew and worked with Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Free and open to K-12 students and chaperones. Contacts: Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.org or Stephanie Thomas at sthomas@thekingcenter.org.

Friday, January 16 at 10:00 am at the Georgia State Capitol RotundaState of Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council Program.

king2Featuring tributes to Dr. King by Dr. Christine King Farris and other Georgia elected officials and community leaders. Free of charge, open to the public. Contact Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.org.
 
Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary– Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free of charge, open to the public. Contact: Jamida Orange (770) 560-1959 or mlkmarchcommittee@yahoo.com.
 
Saturday, January 17, at The Hyatt-Regency Hotel.The Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner.

Reception 6:00 p.m., Dinner 7:00 pm. The King Center’s primary fund-raising event and the largest annual dinner held in Atlanta during the calendar year. The King Center will recognize President Bill Clinton for his extraordinary work with The Clinton Foundation, including his bi-partisan efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative, by presenting him with the Salute to Greatness Award. The 2015 corporate honoree is Kaiser Permanentebecause of its outstanding philanthropic efforts and commitment to diversity in the workplace, including the service that their employees provide through the corporation’s Community Giving Campaign, with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bernard J. Tyson. Kaiser Permanente accepting.

 
The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards at the dinner, recognizing a young leader (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The 2015 youth recipient will be 13-year old, Mr. Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of Aidan Cares, for his commitment to helping those in need through philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, while “teaching a generation to give,” and encouraging parents to teach their children to give. The award recipient for the youth initiative is the Tangelo Park Program, founded by Mr. Harris Rosen.  The initiative was selected “because it is one of our nation’s most dynamic and creative philanthropic projects and is a powerful example of how focusing humanitarian efforts, in a single geographic location, helps to transform lives,” said Ms. King. Contact: Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.org.
 
kingMonday, January 19th at 10:00 am at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary– The Annual Commemorative Service. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, and ordained minister and the first female president of Alabama State University, will be the keynote speaker at The King Center’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service.

The service, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday anniversary and the 30thth holiday observance in his honor, is the “flagship” religious service marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. Dr. Boyd served as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization of 250,000 members.

 Joining Dr. Boyd will be David Oyelowo, the actor who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, the biopic about the Voting Rights Movement in that city in the 1960s.

Grammy Award-winner, Sandi Patty, will bring a special musical tribute. Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States, Mathilde Mukantabana, will bring special greetings.  Consulate generals from nearly thirty countries will ring bells at the conclusion of the service in honor of King’s Legacy of Courage.  The program is televised locally every year by Fox5 Atlanta. Open to the public, free of charge, but seating is limited. Contact Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or bharrison@thekingcenter.org.

Monday, January 19th, all day across Atlanta. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project sponsored by Hands on Atlanta. Contact (404) 979-2800 or www.handsonatlanta.org.
Monday, January 19th at 2:00 pm. The Annual King Holiday March and Rally.
A mass march from Peachtree Street to Jackson St., via Auburn Avenue lead by community leaders and concluding with a rally in front of the King Center. Contact Jamida Orange (770) 560-1959 or mlkmarchcommittee@yahoo.com.

Monday, January 19th at 3:00-4:30 pm. King Family Book Signing.

Mrs. Christine King Farris will sign My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Through it All: Reflections on My Life, My Family and My Faith. Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, niece of Dr. King, will sign copies of My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference and Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece); Ms. Alveda King, another niece of Dr. King, will sign her book, King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family and Our Nation to Prosper. Open to the Public, free of charge. Only books purchased at The King Center will be signed. Contact Barbara Harrison (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org.

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All King Center events, except for the Annual Salute to Greatness Annual Awards Dinner, are free of charge. For further information about The King Center’s MLK birthday observance program, please contact Bunnie Jackson-Ransom at (404) 505-8188 or via email at
bjr@fclassinc.com or Steve Klein at (404) 526-8944 or sklein@thekingcenter.org.
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BOBBEE BEE: THE OBAMA-KING COMPARSION

hope By Eric Graham

This article first appeared on Blackathlete.net on January 11th 2011.

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — America needed President Barack Obama. And still needs him. His election was supposed to unite a divided nation.
His unique background…., life.., story, and education, was suppose to be celebrated; not hated.

He was the perfect candidate, at the perfect time in history. He wasn’t Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Cynthia McKinney, Shirley Chisholm or Allen Keys. He was Barack Hussein Obama.

He was a fresh new face in an old world of politics. He was good-looking, intelligent, and well-spoken.

His words and speeches were supposed to inspire and energize a new generation of young people.
And they have.

president-barack-obama-fulfilling-the-dreamHis election was supposed to give Black people hope in an American government, who historically had enslaved, beaten, lynched, raped, persecuted, killed, terrorized, imprisoned, discriminated, hated, and denied them… decent housing, proper education, the right to vote, and access to public facilities.

But he was supposed to be more than the President of Black America; he was supposed to be the President of the United States of America.

And he has been….. just that. As a result, his wife, the would-be future First Lady Michelle Obama was correct during a campaign rally in Milwaukee when she said, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

Why? Because the election of her husband was supposed to improve America’s relationship with the entire Muslim world which had been damaged by the previous Bush Administration.

His election, in fact, was supposed to improve America’s public relation with the rest of the world and remove the Axis of Evil label which had been placed upon it.
 
Yes.
 
The election of President Obama was supposed to erase 412 years of American Imperialism.

This is what they thought.

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This is what they planned. But America was not quite ready for President Obama.
They couldn’t get pass the color of his skin.

They couldn’t get pass his “African” name. As a result, America has become more racists, more violent, more materialistic, more xenophobic, more conservative, more imperialistic and more hateful.

Now they are burning Korans, attacking Muslims, arresting Mexicans illegally, and assassinating governmental officials…..But in the world of Obama, things like this were not supposed to happen.

prasThe election of President Obama or the election of the first Black President, was suppose to be something magical, where with the wave of a magic wand – racism would come to an end, sexism would come to an end, classism would come to an end, world hunger would no longer exist, war would disappear, unemployment lines would decrease, gas prices would drop to 0.99 cents a gallon, graduation rates would increase, the NCAA would implement a college football playoff system, and everybody would be given a brand new car by Oprah Winfrey.

But this was not the Oprah Winfrey show, this was, and still is America, the greatest country in the world, which was founded on the slaughter of the Native Americans, the enslavement of Africans and the exploitation of the poor.

And the election of one Black man and a few crying voters could not and would not change its racist, violent, and exploitative past. But the people still believed President Obama.

They believed in the CHANGE that he spoke of…..For this reason, many people even felt Obama was the completion of Martin Luther King’s dream.

But the Obama-King comparison was inadequate. It made a great tee-shirt to be sold on the streets of Harlem but it was like comparing apples with oranges.

Martin-Luther King was a preacher.
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Obama is a politician.
 
They were direct opposites.

Plus, their agendas were totally different. King wanted to win souls. Obama wanted to win an election. King wanted to change the people’s hearts. Obama want to change the people’s vote. King earned a Nobel Peace Prize.


But Obama was given one. 

With that analogy, King might have even predicted the coming of President Obama when he said,“”Although genuinely popular [Negro] leaders are now emerging, most are selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control.”

Yes.

These were the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Therefore, the election of a black president was not and could not have been what Martin Luther King Jr. saw on the mountain top. Dr. King, in fact, said later that his dream had become a nightmare in a speech delivered in Atlanta, Georgia in 1967.
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“In 1963…in Washington, D.C.,…I tried to talk to the nation about a dream that I had had, and I must confess…that not long after talking about that dream I started seeing it turn into a nightmare…just a few weeks after I had talked about it. It was when four beautiful…Negro girls were murdered in a church in Birmingham, Alabama. I watched that dream turn into a nightmare as I moved through the ghettos of the nation and saw black brothers and sisters perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity, and saw the nation doing nothing to grapple with the Negroes’ problem of poverty. I saw that dream turn into a nightmare as I watched my black brothers and sisters in the midst of anger and understandable outrage, in the midst of their hurt, in the midst of their disappointment, turn to misguided riots to try to solve that problem. I saw the dream turn into a nightmare as I watched the war in Vietnam escalating….Yes, I am personally the victim of deferred dreams, of blasted hopes.”

Yes.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. said he saw his dream become a nightmare.
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King said that he personally was “the victim of deferred dreams, and of blasted hopes.”

Oddly, it seemed as if history has repeated itself because the Hope that President Obama promised during his presidential campaign has also been blasted. But it’s not his fault, we can’t blame him.

Because, as much as President Obama might want to change America, he is simply a “pawn in the political chess game of politics.”
Why? Because America does not want to change.

This is why you have seen the Tea Party suddenly rise up. White Nationalism rise up. Sarah Palin rise up.

Conservative right-wing talk shows rise up and spread their toxic rhetoric. And that’s why you hear slogans like “We want our country back.”

king2 As a result, we pray for President Obama’s protection, we pray for his family, and we pray that our ancestors give him divine wisdom to govern this great nation in the right direction despite all of the death threats and opposition coming from the right, the left, and the center.

So as the country celebrates the legacy of MLK this Monday, I suggest President Obama ponder the wise words of Dr.King.

“Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with justice and it seems I can hear God saying to America “you are too arrogant, and if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God. Men will beat their swords into plow shafts and their spears into pruning hooks, and nations shall not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore.”

I don’t know about you, I ain’t going to study war anymore.

Eric D. Graham is a graduate  of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a BA in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Radio & Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of BASN, where his cartoon Here Comes The Hater appears weekly along with his thought-provoking articles. Graham can be reached  at lbiass34@yahoo.com www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: THEY HATED DR.KING

Too often, we are treated to a view of a romanticized Dr. King in order to fit the man and his struggle neatly within the prevailing political and economic power structures in a largely uncritical and non-threatening manner.

This portrayal of Dr. King has been mass marketed as an accommodationist figure and is now so pervasive in our schools, media, etc. that it threatens to neutralize and placate the most ambitious, daring and challenging of King's critique along with his struggle to confront and organize against not only racism, but economic exploitation and militarism-imperialism as well.

Due to such, SleptOn.com offers "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Struggling Not To Lose Him" as a direct challenge (as he would have it) to the views and practices of those who celebrate a thoroughly pacified legacy of a man who likely would not even be invited to his own birthday celebrations had he been alive today.

Given what he stood, fought and died for during his last years, it's reasonable to assume that he wouldn't eagerly embrace opportunities to share a stage with the very folks he would have vigorously opposed.

King said the following: "With Selma and the voting rights bill one era of our struggle came to a close and a new era came into being. Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isnt enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesnt earn enough money to buy a hamburger and cup of coffee?"

A familiar refrain, as of late, has been Rosa sat, King walked so that he (Obama) could run or some variation thereof. Was that the goal of King's struggle?

Thanks to: Glen Ford Brian Jones Robert Jensen Jared Ball Kymone Freeman Adria Crutchfield Gillian Moise.




BOBBEE BEE: A critical analysis of Dr.King’s DREAM

A Critical Analysis of Dr.King’s DREAM

by Eric D.Graham

January 21st is the official day in which America celebrates the legacy of DR. Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. sadly, however has been reduced t o a single “I Have a Dream” speech which was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

Oddly, it’s the same American government that plotted against the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that has utilized this single speech as a tool of propaganda against the unlearned masses.

For instance, one of the most famous excerpts from King’s “I Have Dream Speech” is ….I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

But as a nation, America continues the practice racial profiling against Arab-Americans or those who practice the Islamic faith at airports; cops still continue to harass African-America males with no probable cause, and most Mexicans are still viewed as “so-called” illegal immigrants. As a result, we must move from “Rhetoric to Reality.”

It’s easy to memorize the “I Have a Dream Speech,” but very difficult to live up to revolutionary principles the Dr. King stood for.
For instance, it was the same brilliant civil-rights leader that poetically protested against the WAR in Vietnam in a speech delivered in April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City when he stated, “A nation that continues year after year to spend money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Why didn’t President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Dick Chaney, or Condoleezza Rice recite these words to the nation before invading IRAQ? Or why didn't President Obama during his inaugral address.

Dr. King also eloquently stated that “WAR is a poor chisel to carving out the peaceful tomorrows…..because we have guided missiles and misguided men.

Hopefully, the future political candidates running for President in 2008 will take heed to these words of wisdom. Dr. King, who attended segregated public schools and graduated from high school at age 15, received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in Georgia in 1951 and earned his B.D. from Crozer Theological Seminary before going on to earn his Ph.D. from Boston University.

Dr. King, was truly a scholar, philosopher, and a revolutionary who shaped the political and social climate of America.

As a result, his prophetic words of the past are still relevant today. For example, Dr. King is quoted as saying, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

In effect, why did most of the politicians, governmental officials, and the President of the United States remain silent during the atrocities of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the racial injustice of the Jena 6, the inflammatory remarks of Don Imus toward the women’s basketball team of Rutgers University or the recent racial insensitive statements of the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman toward Tiger Woods.

As we can see, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still simply a “DREAM” but we all must WAKE UP to make it a REALITY!!
Read all the books in the series of "In the Mind of Bobbee Bee" which include "In the Mind of Bobee BEE" "Larry Long Legs featuring Bobbee Bee" and "A SAD DAY FOR JOSE" featuring Bobbee Bee". And DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT "In the Mind of Bobbee Bee" the weekly sports cartoon on Black Athlete Sports Network at http://www.blackathlete.com/
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: THE BEST CARTOON ON THE NET!!

Many consider him to be a renaissance man.

Why? Because he's a self-proclaimed educator, part-time rapper, lecturer, movie director, photographer, author, sports reporter.

And, oh yes, -a cartoonist.

With that said, please check out the NO.1 Sports Cartoon on the NET, by yours truly, Eric D.Graham, every week, on the BLACK ATHLETE SPORTS NETWORK, where his "hilarious" cartoon HERE COMES THE HATER appears; which features the obnoxious and opinionated cartoon character Bobbee Bee "The Hater" along with all of his friends.

This original satirical cartoon tackles all topics in sports, politics and pop-culture from a Black perspective.

Nothing is off limits.

Plus, no topic is too touchy.



And shockingly, if read, it will have you laughing out loud and learning at the same time.

Honestly, Graham is one of the "BEST" cartoonist in the "BUSINESS."
 
So, if you are NOT familiar with his work.
 
Please, make yourself familiar.
 
And, let's make his work known to the rest of the world.

 

Below is a sample of this revolutionary cartoon:

1. Has 2015 been a blessing for you so far?

Yes!! Because, the Duke Blue Devils and the Dallas Cowboys loss in the same week.

 
2. What did you do after you saw the Green Bay Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday?

I cut me a slice of Welfare Cheese and made a Cheese Toast. You can officially call me a ChesseHead!! Don't get it twisted, however. I am still a NY Giants fan.
 
4. What do you HATE to see?
 
I Hate to see a grown man cry!!! 
 
5. After the referees reverse that critical call on the CATCH, I mean, DROP, by Dez Bryant, what did you do?

I started singing, "I AM SO HAPPY" by Pharrell Williams. Oh, I love that song NOW!!!

 
6. Can Money buy love?
 
NOPE!!! MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE!!! And, it can't buy you a championship either. Just ask Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones.

 
7. Do you think Tony Romo's ribs are broken after the Green Bay Packers game?
 
No. Tony Romo's ribs aren't broken but, his Heart is..."That's my quarterback...."



8. Dez Bryant, was it a CATCH or a DROP?

It was a LOST!!! So, it doesn't matter. DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!

 
9. Who are you going to VOTE FOR IN 2016?
 
It definitely won't be NJ Governor Chris Christie, because he "dropped the ball" BUMPIN"-N-"GRINDIN" with Jerry Jones in the skybox in Dallas during the Detroit Lions wild-card game. Simply Disgusting!!!
 

10. Why didn't President Obama attend the anti-terrorism unity rally in Paris to commemorate victims of the recent terrorist attacks in the French capital?

He was watching America's team get beat by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday like everybody else.

 
 
11. What do you think about the Bill Cosby scandal?

Well, first of all, America was found on the rape of the Ingenious People, and the rape of Africans. Therefore, American culture is based in rape. But, honestly, if Bill Cosby didn’t do it, he still looks guilty as Hell.

 
12. Do you think there is a conspiracy to destroy Bill Cosby?
 
I really don't know. But, the devil is busy. Watch out Oprah. You could be next...No Flex Zone
 
 
Eric D. Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com