In a 2017 article for The Undefeated, Roy Peter Clark imagines Ray Charles is the man ”to ease the antagonism surrounding the national anthem controversy.” Referring to Colin Kaepernick and his ”taking a knee stance.” Clark affirmed that throughout Ray Charles’s career, the artist used his powers for ”healing and reconciliation.” And that all professional sports teams like the NFL and MLB should play Ray Charles rendition of America The Beautiful at halftime. In A Black Theology of America The Beautiful, writer Luke Hill shares that Ray Charles once said, “I never sing anything I don’t want to sing. Never sing anything I don’t mean.” Hill affirms that Ray Charles’s version of America The Beautiful is different from the one Katherine Lee Bates wrote.
It was Sunday June 28, 2020 and I was driving down US highway 19. I decided to check out the Auchumpkee Creek Covered Bridge. I saw a group of men standing by their Harley Davidson bikes in a shaded area.
The website seconds Milton’s claim that Born Losers MC is the oldest, active, Black motorcycle club in the Atlanta area. Established in 1959.
Located 60-miles outside of Atlanta, Auchumpkee Creek Bridge makes for a nice afternoon drive and quick kickback. Plenty of green space to take photos, meditate, or enjoy a packed lunch. Watch and listen as the creek water rushes by.
Photographed in Decatur, Georgia. June 19, 2020. The afternoon after a Confederate obelisk was removed from Georgia Square. A city worker, father, after-hours dandy stops for a photo during his lunch break. “You can pull all the confederate monuments down…unless the hearts of people change, ain’t much else going to change.” -anonymous
Image 2: Dr. Hilary Green has published a Monuments Removal 2015-2020 Map. Link in bio
The National Park Service will celebrate the 144th anniversary of Mary McLeod Bethune’s birth with two FREE public programs.
A book talk will be held on Friday July 5th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Dr. Rebecca Tuuri will discuss her book, “Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle”.
Saturday July 6th is the return of “Mrs. Bethune’s Washington” Bus Tour. 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Guests will visit some of the places Mrs. Bethune frequented during her time as a Washington resident.
Again both events are FREE, LIMITED SEATING for bus tour. Reserve a spot by calling 202-426-5961 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis ”Satchmo” Armstrong is New Orleans’ most famous son. The legendary trumpeter was born 117 years ago in a section of the city once known as The Battlefield. Thick skin and heart were a prerequisite to survive there, but the challenges of Armstrong’s youth greatly added to the vibrancy of his music
Pictured is the gate to Louis Armstrong Park which sits on N. Rampart Street. A grand sight to see during the day or night. You’ll always find residents and tourists stopping to take photos in front of the archway.