Category Archives: Civil Rights

Tribute to a Martyr: MALCOLM X (19th May 1925 – 21st February 1965)

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Today, is a day that I hold close to heart, because it was exactly half a century ago that Malcolm X got slain. And yes, it was only 9 days before his actual assassination that he was in our neck of the woods back in England, with the aim to fight the universal injustice perpetuated on the African Diaspora.

The quality that Malcolm had that most leaders lacked, regardless of their colour, was that he was capable of being analytical and critical of his own comments and beliefs.

In other words, he was capable of admitting if he was wrong.

Leaders of today and of yesteryear are controlled too much by arrogance, stubborness and egotism, yet they are all more than willing to lead the world down the wrong path.

A big up to Spike Lee, who directed the incredible film, Malcolm X, back in 1992. Strange, but according to todays conditions, that film will forever stand the test of time.

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“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”  - Malcolm X

An Apology from Alabama?

Hail Mi Irieites,

Here we see a new twist on Jim Crow in Alabama.

The journalist makes an important point:

“In the ultimate irony,  Americans’ embrace of the victim in the Alabama case seems to have everything to do with the fact that he was a foreigner—and not a black man, as the police had initially believed. These sympathies, coupled with authorities’ vow for swift justice, delineate the hierarchy and complexity of race in America.”

Ferguson will not be forgotten. >> Read more

Natty to Hattie: Our 2015 Tribute to Hattie Carroll (via the legendary Bob Dylan)

It’s been 52 years since the slaying of the hotel kitchen worker in Baltimore, MD, known as Hattie Carroll. Her name became very popular due to the meager punishment her perpetrator received, the following six months later.

It was Bob Dylan that made a difference being a voice against the racism in those days by writing his song based on this incident called, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.

We, Steel Pulse, have honoured the efforts of Bob Dylan by doing our own rendition of his song, which we have titled: From Natty to Hattie.

Hattie Carroll’s name will forever live on because her case was one of the many cases where Justice was not served. Anyway, checkout our updated version of the track. A big up, too to any of Hattie’s surviving family members.

Bless Up Mr. Dylan…

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke – A Year Has Passed

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It’s a year today since one of the greatest voices from out of Jamaica, went on to sing exclusive for Jah…. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke.

We tip our crowns to the legendary Third World band that have been among our selected influences. Cat, Ruption, Richie, Herbie, Rupert, A J Brown and anyone else we might have left out, keep up the solidarity my brethrens, ’cause the race is not for the swift but those who endure. In other words you are winners!!

MLK – Forward, Now More Than Ever!

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Once again, as we observe another officially holiday in Honour Of Dr Martin Luther King. A year from now will be the 30th anniversary since such a legislation was signed. Come March 21st 2015, it will be the 50th anniversary when the “non-violent” march started in Selma and ended in Montgomery, a grueling four days later as protest in regards to the non-voting rights of the African American. The bill was finally signed on August 6th, 1965.

And I must say, that this new film titled “Selma,” came right on time.

This movie is a “must see,” especially by all Americans. I tip my crown to the efforts of director, Ava DuVernay, producer and executive producers, Oprah Winfey and Brad Pitt, and the entire cast for bringing such an important part of history to light. Well Done, y’all!

Last but by no means least, my condolences to the wife and family of my dear brethren Michael Livingston, from Costa Rica. Such sad news to hear of his passing. Keep Strong Kathya! Remember, you have friends from across the waters.

Sandy Hook Remembered

Hail Mi Irieites,

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.  The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Today we honor the living who are still filled with sadness, and the dead who died in vain… When will we learn?

 

Remembering Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him.  It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964).  Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).

Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland.  Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid.  But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990.  I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too.  Yes, Mandela Out!  And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994.  This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013).  At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden.  He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.
AMANDLA!