Lifting the veil of ignorance on veritas – TRUTH to social engineer JUSTICE in the end.
I met THE professor of Negro studies, Colored studies, Black studies, and African American studies – Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Georgetown Law in Washington D.C., Tuesday, May 14th. I am slowly, still, coming down off of this emotional high. The KING of the phenomenal PBS shows “Finding Your Roots” and “African Civilizations” debuted for a Georgetown Law audience, his next PBS series on the Reconstruction Era to highlight the rise and return of white supremacy. Professor Gates made our Black history relevant, once again, in American history and worthy to celebrate nationwide for the strength of future generations. We ARE somebody.
I, Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, was overjoyed and thrilled to experience Professor Dr. Henry Gate’s acknowledgement of my own body of work! I will always cherish his words to me concerning my book on the miseducation and misrepresentation of California’s unknown Black history. Professor King Henry Gates understands the aftermath of Slavery and has stood on the shoulders of giants to bring us to the light. How many times have we cried watching his interviews? Professor Gates referenced several times in his speech Booker T. Washington’s and W.E.B. DuBois’ notable quotes on Reconstruction to the audience. To remember and uplift these golden Black men of Tuskegee and Harvard Universities help solidify the teachings in Up From Slavery and Black Reconstruction of perseverance and black excellence! King Henry Gates quoted Booker T. Washington on “taking two steps off the plantation” only to take those two steps back to return. I was ecstatic to know Professor Gates referenced W.E.B. DuBois’ very chapter title (“Propaganda of History”) that I put in my book! Personally, to hear Professor Gates uplift HBCU Tuskegee University’s Booker T. Washington made me so proud of my alma mater, Mother Tuskegee, and the legacies of today’s African American. Perhaps, Harvard University’s slave plantation profits from the island of Antigua of 91% Blacks makes its law school suited for truth.
We take for granted that things that exist today just do. For instance, I was shocked to realize the mere study of Black history as a course like English or Mathematics was fought for (as in we will burn the library down if we don’t get a black studies course) by Black students at Ivy League universities just to get the teaching of the Black experience in America. We have militant students to thank for bringing to light the likes of Gates. What is the crime in knowing oneself? (That is part of the reason why I chose to attend Tuskegee University so I could learn what was devoid in my Kansan high school.) Another shocker was the drop in voting after the Ku Klux Klan rose to commence to rapings and hangings to diminish the voting power of Black men from approximately 800,000 to approximately 1500. Gates shared personal stories on how he even became interested to become this master of Black history. Once he entered Yale law school for one year, he started grabbing people who would listen to tell them Black history.
On this journey for highlighting the truth, I learned more than ever that it is paramount to have high self-esteem, crucial to one’s foundational building blocks in life; therefore, we parents, we students, and we teachers must require Black history to be taught amongst each other and in schools to recognize greatness in oneself on the stony roads in American life. I thank my own father for being a historian and instilling that principle in me. Had I not understood the value of history, I may have never recognized the problem nor attempted to solve California’s heritage issue. Law Professor Maurice Dyson stated in the book “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”, “IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE, YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR FUTURE, AND YOU WON'T KNOW THE FULL NATURE OF YOUR ENEMY."
It was good to hear Professor Gates acknowledge further that the Reconstruction to the Jim Crow eras are repeating during this time period after President Obama, which is in part why he wrote his latest book. Fear of Black people’s success is problematic for the white supremist. Indeed, history is repeating itself. I learned earlier that day at the USPTO Women’s Symposium that Harvard University ran a study that reported if more minorities were encouraged in STEM, American ingenuity would quadruple.
May each of us strive to be as close as we can to cherishing our African roots in America and loving every inch of our regal blackness. Black history is American history. Analogously, Californian history is American history. It is imperative we value our history for the contributions we have made, to guide our future and secure our Black family unit. Professor Gates ended his speech with charging the Georgetown law students to press forward with truth and justice! So, forward march CALIFORNIA QUEENS AND KINGS by pressing sign @ caliisme.com and passing the California Censored PSA @ www.caliisme.com/psa.
Slay on! Each 1, teach 1. #Justice4QueenCalafia #RevealTheSeal
Thank you to Dean William M. Treanor and all at Georgetown Law for providing me the opportunity to meet a legend. May California courageous King Henry regin forever! What will be your legacy?
Professor Gates’ “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow”, is the bridge that explains the attiudes that persist today to further solidify precisely why the etymology of California that has been left out of the equation of Reconstruction as evidenced by “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”. These attitudes are present in the misrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in the current college scandals to be admitted into universities now.
For further reading:
“If we don’t love our own history, we will be.” - Tamra L. Dicus from (Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman);
(Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow) by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
(The Status of Black Studies at the Nation’s Highest Ranked Universities) by Milton Moskowiz.