featured king quote of the month- professor k.j. greene, THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW, educated at yale law school.

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the unknown native indigenous, aborigines, and African americans and their free and slave descendants

Susan B. Anthony

John Brown

Fredrick Douglass

W.E.B. Du Bois

William Lloyd Garrison

Rev. Edward Everett Hale

Sally Hemings

Mahalia Jackson

Thomas Jefferson

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Abraham Lincoln

James Madison

Rosa Parks

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Garcí Rodríguez DE MONTALVO

Charles Sumner

Nate Turner

Sojourner Truth

Harriet Tubman

Booker T. Washington

Malcolm X

Harriet Beecher Stowe...

Insert your name here with quotes of who inspired you to go down in the history record of righteousness for liberty and justice for all in the USA! Our history is complex; yet its bend indeed is uniquely toward justice.  They were not afraid to draw the boundary line, neither should you be. 

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" – inscribed at the National Archives Museum, Washington, D.C.  Source: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998022905/PP/


07-2017 T. Dicus – "What Rev. Mr. Edward Everett Hale wanted us to know is that he discovered a Confederacy cover-up.  The official history is written by the winners of actual wars.  When history does not reflect how the dominant culture wants to be viewed (or how they view themselves), they refashion it to suit their beliefs and stereotypes.  The Civil War exemplifies this belief in the fight over Slavery.  Although the Confederacy lost the military war, they won the cultural war.  As a result, racial prejudice in America remains its intractable original sin.  It is illustrated in the racial legacy of California.  For the State of California to continue to contribute to racism in its great seal is in direct opposition and contrary to the very meaning of its name and spirit of its people... [O]ne day, I and other truth-seekers will pass the California bar.  I yearn for the day I can stare up at the correct golden black Queen Calafía’s face in the Great Seal, reflected in my own, by the time I get sworn in for the California bar by a California judge in the superior California courtroom positioned squarely between the American flag and that Great Seal of the State of California.  That will be justice for me.  As Dr. King stated, ‘True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.’"-excerpt from the queen of California and the real wonder woman: queen calafia = Serena Williams BY tAMRA l. DICUS

"positive black people or images are not popular to promote in America, now that i know the truth, I refuse to walk in ignorance. I will not be ignored. it's time to celebrate and step into royalty! we now have a place in history not tied to slavery but royalty!  " 

Quote t. dicus likes: "The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman." —May 22, 1962, in Los Angeles, CA speech ( https://mic.com/articles/141642/here-s-the-malcolm-x-speech-about-black-women-beyonce-sampled-in-lemonade#.vl4C4IjYf ) and  "Give Your Brain As Much Attention As Your Hair and You'll Be A Thousand Times Better Off." —Malcolm X ;

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."   — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom, 1958 and "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Strength to Love, 1963 — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (See: https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/learn/quotations.htm


07-2017 M Harris. feels: "in the past we were ignored unless we marched.  We want our history to be accepted just like the good and bad of yours." When we asked her about the pledge of allegiance meaning,  "liberty and justice for all."  Her reply was "I must make the powers that be acknowledge those statements to make them true for me".  

M. Harris likes quote: “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” - Audre Lorde

07-2017 Sharon N. feels: "The issue of whether queen calafia was white or black is a no issue.  there are no grey areas with this, it's black and white and in queen calafia's case she's black". 

Sharon N. likes quote: 'Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. –Mark Batterson

08-2017 law professor dyson feels: "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."   

professor dyson likes quote: "America must get to work. We must dissent from the indifference; dissent from a nation that buried its head in the sand waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away; dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education, or hope; dissent from the poverty of vision and the timeless absence of moral leadership. We must dissent, because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better." --- Justice Thurgood Marshall Click Here for more info on evidence and actions for justice reform:  http://www.justicenowforall.com 

09-2017 lawyer E. Wentworth, esq. feels: "once you are aware of the truth, you are obligated to make the change."

09-2017 law student S. Thomas feels: "I would be more proud of the State of california if we have the true powerful woman on our seal.  i want to say that i live in the land of calafia!" 

10-2017, law student, native Californian A. Maxwell feels: "I was not taught the history of the name of California or that the black Queen Calafía of California is a black queen in school at all.  it is such a clear line of historical facts."

10-2017 law student, Native Californian - t. Adereti feels: "I WAS TAUGHT 'CALIFORNIA' MEANT WOMEN, NOT BLACK WOMEN.  THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE."

10-2017 - law student and u.s. veteran - S.hunte Feels: "words have meanings. it is good to shine a light on it.  like the black madonna, california is similar.  you can't opress people who believe they are strong"

10-2017, dental student k. dicus feels: "Centuries of hiding the truth is riduculous, it's too big to keep under the rug."

10-2017, 88 year old B.B. feels: "california is black women? they want to keep us dumb so we won't know anything."

11-2017, law student j. dance feels: "To be completely transparent, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, it’s a relief to know the truth and to be in the light while on the other hand, it is beyond disheartening to find out, yet again, that the truth is being kept from the Black community. Disheartening, but not shocking. Time after time, it appears that society continuously suppresses the Black community in one-way shape or form and my question to those around us is why? Why are we oppressed? The Black woman is the backbone of many things in the United States yet it feels like time after time we, Black women, get the shorter end of the stick whether it be the truth being hidden from us, society portraying us as sexualized objects, being demonized as the “Angry Black Woman” whenever we express how we feel about something, etc.

 One word, truth. What is the truth? Truth, as Oxford dictionary defines it, is “That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; A fact or belief that is accepted as true.” It is true that through the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln freed Black slaves. It is also true that under the Lincoln Administration, the Union beat the Confederates in the Civil War. And it is also true that, many truths are concealed from we, the people. And so, what does this mean? Tamra Dicus has done extensive research day in and day out and has discovered the truth and has presented it to the masses. First, let me just say that it is not a shock to the conscious that certain races (and other groups) are portrayed a certain way in society, more specifically Black women are negatively portrayed as being sexual, lazy, angry, etc. For those of you who may not be able to relate to being a Black woman, you may relate to feeling like you’re placed in a categorical box and unable to escape because of your race, gender, sexuality, political beliefs, religious beliefs, national origin, disability, etc. Many may call this “stereotyping.” The truth is, the stereotypes of Black women that I provided are not indicative of all Black women as evidenced by Tamra Dicus’ dedication, Michelle Obama’s achievements, Oprah Winfrey’s accomplishments, Kamala Harris’ tenacity, Kerry Washington’s drive with her acting career and George Washington University education and the list goes on. There are many known and unknown virtuous, successful, and level-headed Black women that exist in the world in which we live in. These inspirational Black women are the images of Black America that must be exposed to various cultures in both America and around the world. Powerful images of Black women. Bold images of Black women. Respectful images of Black women. Truthful images of Black women. And so, I end this with one word, truth. What is the truth? “Truth is powerful and it prevails.” - Sojourner Truth

Dr. Martin luther king, jr. says “And finally, and finally, in your life’s blueprint, must be a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love, and justice….However young you are, you have a responsibility to seek to make your nation a better nation in which to live. You have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody. And so you must be involved in the struggle of freedom and justice.”

A cool quote:  “The silence of good people is worse than the actions of bad people.” We, the American people, we, the Black community, we Black women, can no longer be silent. Our time is NOW." - Malalai Joya

10-17 law student, Native Californian, T. Davis – was “never taught the definition of California.  Being raised by black women, [the definition] shows the power of black women...it may sound crazy but it reminds me of Wonder Woman®.” 

11-17 law student, Native Californian says J. Solomon: “This story is Wonder woman®.  This is systematic suppression of information.  If the government knew about it, they don’t want to empower people of color but would rather keep it the status quo i.e. discrimination.”

11-2017 business executive, J. King - "Black women have for centuries been the backbone of this nation and others.  We have always been creators and educators, the center and the circumference.  We have always been Queens!  We don’t toot our horns all the time because we know and we know they know.   Learning this history about the origin of the name “California” was, for this reason, not as much surprising for me as it was another confirmation of who they know us to be.  Our impact on this world, both now and then, cannot be kept secret.  We have been Queens since the beginning of time.  I’m excited that we have decided to start recognizing it more, not only internal to our community but externally as well.  It’s about doggone time!

02-2018 law Professor k.j. greene - “Words matter. Symbols matter.  It is time to declare “times up” for the invisible ways in which communities of color have been diminished. As Ralph Ellison said in “Invisible Man”: “when I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”

02-2018 law professor semeraro- "Learning history can open our eyes to the truth. There's so much that we assume that upon closer examination turns out to be false or misleading. Ms. Discus's uncovering of the real history of the California state seal is a breathtaking example of how one person can advance our understanding of our past and present and lead us into a more enlightened future."  

Professor Semeraro likes -  “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?”-  Robert  "Bobby" Kennedy

02-21-2018 “Change only comes about when change agents care deeply enough to know and honor their history.”  Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

02-2018  “Tamra Dicus's historical research is fascinating and should make all Californians (and Americans) re-think our past." - Professor Wildenthal

Professor Wildenthal likes: "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor."  --Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881

03-2018 T. Byers of kansas city: “Jealously is the issue.  We must go forward, go underneath their legs, go over their heads, or around his waist, and keep it going. If it is of any value, it will be a fight.”

05-2018 "when you talk about black and white...the new term is 'Diversity'.  Everyone has a voice.  But you cannot loose your identity to diversity." - lilian Patterson -the Alexandria black history museum

07/2018 : "Tamra Dicus' work continues to challenge the myth of white superiority. The narrative of Queen Calafia has long been hidden in plain sight. Dicus is having none of it! "Who is the Black Queen Calafía of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman" is a major contribution to the growing body of work that centers African people's contributions to world history and cultures." - Adisa A. Alkebulan, Ph.D., Department of Africana Studies, San Diego State University


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