The Legacy of MLK and the Social Determinants of Health

This past Monday  the nation commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was a civil rights activist that was assassinated April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Since his death, there have been songs written in his honor, a holiday in his name, and countless books, speeches, and contentContinue reading “The Legacy of MLK and the Social Determinants of Health”

Freedmen Freethinkers

Embracing Freedmen as a political status makes me explore my fellow Freemen who were also agnostics, atheists, secular humanists and freethinkers. I like to think myself as one of them. To learn more about each Freedmen Freethinker I highlighted, click the photo with their quote to learn a little more about them. My hope isContinue reading “Freedmen Freethinkers”

Frederick Douglass: Father of the Freedmen

Frederick Douglass was one of history’s great abolitionists and Freedmen. He was born into slavery in Maryland – the exact date isn’t known. After successfully escaping on his third try, Douglass rose to prominence and influence as an eloquent author, intellectual and human rights leader. He was the first African-American to hold high U.S. governmentContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: Father of the Freedmen”

Mental Health and the Black American Community

October 10th is marked as World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization or the WHO, the overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders workingContinue reading “Mental Health and the Black American Community”

Would Reparations Fare Better With An International Movement?

Recently, there was a conference held on race and reparations at the United Nations. It was painfully obvious to observe the nations that were NOT present. The United Kingdom, Canada, United States and several other European countries did not attend out of protest. According to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, said it (TheContinue reading “Would Reparations Fare Better With An International Movement?”

De-platforming Disinformation

I was recently invited with the intelligent and beautiful Jena Miyu on her show International Free Thinkers – We are Sober (IFWAS) to rebut the recent testimony to Dr. Christina Parks. Dr. Parks has a PHD in cellular and molecular biology. She testified recently for the Michigan State Congress against vaccine mandates. I watched herContinue reading “De-platforming Disinformation”

Juneteenth: The Charge of the American Descendants of Freedmen

I recently attended a Reparations Rally in Atlanta, GA hosted by the United Sons and Daughters of Freedmen President and host of the Be the Power podcast Nyhiem Way El. The President (Marlon Watson) and Vice President (Arthur Ward) of our political advocacy group Freedmen Descendants of Chicago, representatives of other Freedmen politicalContinue reading “Juneteenth: The Charge of the American Descendants of Freedmen”

The Physical and Mental Assault on Freedmen Descendants

Recent events that have transpired have caused me to do much reflection.  We as a nation have found out three separate individuals in three separate cities have lost their lives at the hands of the police or vigilantes. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was chased by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood.Continue reading “The Physical and Mental Assault on Freedmen Descendants”

Pandemic Racism: Can Freedmen Descendants Cope with the COVID-19 Infection in a Racist Healthcare System?

When America catches a cold, Black America catches the flu. This is a phrase that I heard on a conference call I attended with other medical professionals and social workers. We were engaged in a pertinent conversation on COVID-19 & Black Communities. COVID-19 has managed to be the number one topic in the world. ItContinue reading “Pandemic Racism: Can Freedmen Descendants Cope with the COVID-19 Infection in a Racist Healthcare System?”