Saturday, August 18, 2012

Words of Wisdom


"Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960.". (AP) — Stephon Tull was looking through dusty old boxes in his father's attic in Chattanooga a few months ago when he stumbled onto something startling: an audio reel labeled, "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960."

He wasn't sure what he had until he borrowed a friend's reel-to-reel player and listened to the recording of his father interviewing Martin Luther King Jr. for a book project that never came to fruition. In clear audio, King discusses the importance of the civil rights movement, his definition of nonviolence and how a recent trip of his to Africa informed his views. Tull said the recording had been in the attic for years, and he wasn't sure who other than his father may have heard it.

"No words can describe. I couldn't believe it," he told The Associated Press this week in a phone interview from his home in Chattanooga. "I found ... a lost part of history."

Many recordings of King are known to exist among hundreds of thousands of documents related to his life that have been catalogued and archived. But one historian said the newly discovered interview is unusual because there's little audio of King discussing his activities in Africa, while two of King's contemporaries said it's exciting to hear a little-known recording of their friend for the first time.

Tull plans to offer the recording at a private sale arranged by a New York broker and collector later this month.

Tull said his father, an insurance salesman, had planned to write a book about the racism he encountered growing up in Chattanooga and later as an adult. He said his dad interviewed King when he visited the city, but never completed the book and just stored the recording with some other interviews he had done. Tull's father is now in his early 80s and under hospice care.

During part of the interview, King defines nonviolence and justifies its practice.

"I would ... say that it is a method which seeks to secure a moral end through moral means," he said. "And it grows out of the whole concept of love, because if one is truly nonviolent that person has a loving spirit, he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he loves the opponent."

The interview was made four years before the Civil Rights Act became law, three years before King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and eight years before his assassination. At one point in the interview, King predicts the impact of the civil rights movement.

"I am convinced that when the history books are written in future years, historians will have to record this movement as one of the greatest epochs of our heritage," he said.

King had visited Africa about a month before the interview, and he discusses with Tull's father how leaders there viewed the racial unrest in the United States.

"I had the opportunity to talk with most of the major leaders of the new independent countries of Africa, and also leaders in countries that are moving toward independence," he said. "And I think all of them agree that in the United States we must solve this problem of racial injustice if we expect to maintain our leadership in the world."


I hate being one of those.."remember when" butttt, it just seems like we had this collective idea of improvement and music wasnt entirely about the money but empowerment and growth. We have moved so drastically from these ideals and in doing so many kids do not have any curiousity of "the movement", or any of the leaders that are mentioned. Oh sigh...I remember when


You are the reason why, we as a people MUST keep the faith of generations past--see you get it!! Don't just sit on it ...push it, move keep it a live even when mainstream thinks, why?--because we know the truth and it SHALL make you & them free, chose this day to be free..a voice crying out in the wilderness, keep crying...somebody hears US!!! Believe it-- even when the only voice you hear is satan's!!


Oh please ..Get outta here w/ that "we are the world" rhetoric! I can tell you're just some phony white liberal! We can't call ourselves uniting w/ the world until we, first, unite w/ ourselves! Black love do not equate white hate. And when you consider that before integration laws, you had more black businesses, homeowners and MARRIAGES ...Yeah, you can call me a separatist all ya wanna...

CourtneyRModerator20 hours ago
“Many Mississippians are reluctant to go back there because they don’t want to remind themselves or the African-American people about our sordid past,” said Sansing. “But it is our past.”
yes it is our past at no fault of our own. Why be ashamed of it? the ones that should ashamed are the ones that created the conditions. The more we are ashamed of the past and refuse to revisit the past, is exactly what those who are trying to re write history want.


DesireeModerator16 hours agoin reply to Scapegoat4URLife
Actually,the two behaviors are not an oxymoron of themselves. All of the original perpetrators of slavery and sufferers of slavery may be dead, but there are a lot people who still share the Confederate value system and proudly wave that flag today. Evidence of this is all around you (racism and injustice towards blacks in modern times). It is important to bring racial injustice against us to the attention of the community if things are ever going to improve for us. This is why it is necessary to acknowledge and talk about racial wrongdoings perpetrated against the black community.


I never said that all whites share Confederate values. I said that a lot of people still share those types of values. Also, I'm not saying that people should point fingers and blame whites for fun. I do get what you're saying to a point because a lot of blacks do point the finger when it doesn't needed to be pointed. I'm saying that when there is an issue of inequality towards our race (blacks) that it should be highlighted and justice should be sought. I didn't stereotype whites because I never said that all whites share Confederate values. I feel that we are ready to react as a society to those exceptions because they need to be dealt with. Most black people that I know of are already reacting to these exceptions. I feel that these exceptions must be confronted and dealt with intelligently and intellectually if we are going to have any chance at progressing as a race. Also, racial equality will not come for blacks if blacks are the only ones who care about improving their racial equality. The whites that continue to partake in unethical treatment towards blacks will have to come to a realization that they must stop this type of behavior. A lot of the white race must come to this realization. How are we going to get them to do this? Unfortunately, I don't think anyone has found an answer to that question yet. Thank you for the civil reply as well. You also have a good day.


KemetianModerator9 hours ago
I cant take it no more. There is a agenda to kill black people. I just cant read anymore about young black boys handcuffed and killled, handcuffed and shot in the back of their heads, shot numerous times for walking out a club, i really think this is intentionally done. What other reason could it be except someone is trying to kill black people.


NubianSysta, surely u know there have been negros who supported yt even b4 Nat Turner's times. That's historically been a thorn in our struggles. As far as what's called complaints that I term indictments learn patterns. Next u'll be told to forget what's happened; to get a life and to move on. Its implied already when one distractor said u weren't enslaved. That's like u weren't there! Also u'll be called "a hater!" There's a thread now dealing with "hate." Check it out; some very pointed remarks therein.

We are our ancestors. There're negros who journey to a dungeon for captured Afrikans, say in Ghana or Senegal, and come out wondering what's the purpose. I've read one who said, it made no big impression in or on him to retrace some of our ancestors forced tracks inside those spirit filled "rooms." We should forget, he said and live today. Blind, deaf and dumb.

Although only a movie, SANKOFA is worthwhile. Graphic and stunningly real like. It can make u FEEL some of what happened to our ancestors.

About pale faced females amidst Rastas? Nothing new. And in the so called Hip Hop "cultures?" There too; they be all up with bruthas and into sistas. And remember this that this site is not immune to the same sicknesses that infect us in real time.

Like forces will gravitate with like forces. If I may suggest and u accept, do a time out and scan the different boards of interests bfore get'n bogged down and short stopped from get'n a broader and clearer view of what's happening here. Then come out firing, teaching, learning and hopefully inspired to do further works for Afrikan peoples.

-Baba Ahmed


Thank you Baba Ahmed for your input and well respected and taken advice. I will do so


grabbing my ears woooooooooooooosaaaaaaaaiii LOL



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