“A Change is Gonna Come.” If you recall these were the words of a song written by Sam Cooke and also made famous by Otis Redding. It was number 1 on the hit parade just after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was incarcerated in the Birmingham jail in 1963.
I hosted a Saturday morning program on WAMO and it was titled “Tell The Truth” and the song was my theme song. The words of the song have always had special meanings to me. I am unable to forget the conditions of Black people throughout Allegheny County from the days of my youth until today 2016. It has always been a focus of mine to be a part in positive change that would improve the quality of life for you and me.
On the limited numbers of attempts that Blacks would aspire for elected office, which started in 1956, the Black politicians would begin by questioning the ability of Black candidates. In 2016 not much has changed they still use the same tactics by questioning the ability of Blacks. I will never forget what former Mayor Sophie Masloff said after the campaign that Attorney Byrd R. Brown was her opponent.
She stated she was absolutely shocked that certain Black politicians were able to deliver the unbelievable number of votes in her behalf, against a person who was probably the most qualified individual to ever run for mayor. Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama, two Black candidates were candidates for President of United States and race was cast aside as those “colored” persons, who love the Democratic Party more than anything broke their backs to help the party. Once again not much has changed.