President Obama received the Nobel Peace Award and it’s a major accomplishment, particularly because it occurred so early in his administration. I have heard a number of Black people who were overwhelmed by Obama receiving the award, and when they were asked what did he receive it for and who gave it to him they had no idea.
I saw a picture in the news of the people who gave the award and all five had blue eyes and blond hair and that in itself does not minimize the award, but it made me pause and think, why don’t Black people have their own annual Freedom Awards?
I don’t know about you, but I have grown sick and tired of every time we pay a tribute to a Black person or a Black institution it’s funded by a White corporation. When do we begin to pay our own way? Please do not use that super weak and flawed argument that we don’t have any money. A substantial number of Black men and women have big money and the overwhelming majority of us have at least 20 dollars, but we lack the will and commitment to use the money collectively for a common good.
I hope that Bob Lavelle’s home church, Grace Presbyterian, spear heads an affair that will allow the every day person an opportunity to pay their respects to one of the finest men that I’ve ever met. Bob Lavelle epitomizes heroes across this nation, because there are men and women like him in every city, not nationally known, but local positive heroes and heroines. He deserves a Freedom Award because he made it possible for an untold number of Blacks to own a home thereby FREEING them from the clutches of racist and insensitive financial institutions.
There are so many Black men and women who preformed a role in the Freeing of Black folks that we could give out Freedom Awards every month. A Freedom Award as most realize is more than freedom from physical slavery, there is physiological slavery, which sometimes is much worst than physical slavery.
A partial list of those that qualify on a permanent list of Black folks Freedom Awards follows: Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, John Brown (Black in spirit), Rev. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Medgar Evans, Paul Robeson, Mayor Washington (Chicago), Jackie Robinson, Bill Cosby, A. Philip Randolph, Nelson Mandela, Jomo Kenyatta, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. Dubois, A.G. Gaston and last but not least fathers and mothers.
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