Civil rights trailblazer James Meredith headlines MTSU's Feb. 14 Unity Luncheon

Jan 24, 2019 at 08:00 am by Voice Wire

MTSU Unity Luncheon

Tickets are now available for one of the most popular events of MTSU's Black History Month celebrations: the 23rd annual Unity Luncheon.

The university's 2019 Unity Luncheon will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Activist James Meredith, the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi, will present the keynote address: "Where There is Unity, There is Strength."

Established in 1996, the Unity Luncheon pays homage to local "unsung heroes" — people aged 60 and older who have lived in Middle Tennessee for at least 25 years and made outstanding contributions to the community. This year's honorees are:

• MTSU business professor Frank Michello, recognized for his work in education.
• Riverdale High School track coach Rickey Field, honored for his excellence in sports.
• Rutherford County Commissioner Chantho Sourinho, recognized as an advocate for civility.
• Martha Bigsby, honored for her community service.
• Carolyn Lester, recognized for her contributions to black arts.

Tickets are available online only through Friday, Feb. 1, at this website. They will not be available at the door.

Cost is $20 each for students and $35 for nonstudents. A table of 10 seats is available for $350.

2019 Unity Luncheon web promo with photo of guest speaker Dr. James Meredith
Click on the graphic above for the 2019 Unity Luncheon by Friday, Feb. 1. Tickets are only available online.

Meredith, spurred to action in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, applied to the University of Mississippi. He was denied admission twice because of his race, and he filed suit against the university, citing his rights as a U.S. citizen to seek higher education at a state-funded school as well as his excellent military and prior academic record.

The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled in Meredith's favor. Legislative wrangling and riots ensued, but with the assistance of 500 federal marshals and an estimated 51,000 Mississippi National Guard members and other federal troops, Meredith enrolled at the university on Oct. 1, 1962, and in August 1963 graduated with a degree in political science.

Meredith continued to be a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1966, he orchestrated the "March Against Fear," a 220-mile walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, intended to encourage blacks to register and vote.

Meredith has continued to speak on the central role education plays in helping to lift people out of poverty. His most recent book, "A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America," reflects on his personal life and urges Americans to overhaul the public education system so all people can overcome poverty.

For more information, contact Daniel Green, director of the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs at MTSU and chairman of the Black History Month Committee, at 615-898-2831 or

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INTELLECTUAL THIEVES OF BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY The Parable Of When You Reject God You Also Reject Your Culture Romans 1: 21-23 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” 1: 22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” 1: 23 “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.” Sin is cast upon the people by self when they reject God and enter into a life of things the Bible describe as sin. Those that by free-will choose sin over God set the pathway to a peculiar destiny. Thus, we have what the Apostle Paul describes as the heathen (a fool). Only a fool would reject God. But some come as heathens to fashion pieces of wood, gold, electronic gadgets and silver as a god to be worshipped. Some worship money and then enter into the life of the love money as the root of all evil. Meanwhile the rejection of God covers all of one’s moral behavior. It also impacts on culture. There is no way that you can truly embrace God and also deny your true culture, race and ethnicity. But the wind blows often the way of the intellectual thieves in Black America. These pseudo intellectuals spread vicious ungodly rumors among those that have been hood-winked and bamboozled to believe they are a foreign people, African and American. John remembered his days as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Black American History/Curriculum Designing. This was at a historically Black College. The thieves of Black History at this time were outnumbered by those that believed in culture and the inevitable attributes of ethnicity and race. However, the thieves lost as no one won as they attempted to stifle research regarding an important aspect of the Black American Experience. John didn’t march are cry out for mercy, but, on this level his credentials were won. His voice was heard but the independent Black List that attempted to place him at the back of the employment line came into existence. The willful intellectual thieves at that time and now go by many names. Some believe that an African or Middle Eastern name is better than the name they were born with. Some have a clear and undeniable love/hate relationships with self and Black and White America. Some also still answer to Willie Lee and Bo-Bo. But they all have a common characteristic in that they have a great feeling in opposition to love and tolerance especially regarding independent thinkers Black or White. Several years later John was able to gain his way into what many Black Political Scientists note as the bosom of Black Politics from a Black perspective. Behind the scenes the intellectual thieves were still busy. However, now they were on a higher level. Also, if an independent thinker had more educational credentials (Ph.D.) they would be more of a threat to the criminal enterprise sponsored by those that seek to mis-educate Black and White America. On paper and by their own admission the Political Science Department at this University in Atlanta, Georgia had a primary focus in Political Science from a Black perspective. However, many of the professors expressed a greater interest in personal relationships with students especially female students. A brief critique of the Department noted that students were groomed to be very argumentative. In debates although they disagreed with certain positions they were not taught are directed toward any solutions to the alleged problems in the Black community. There was also a keen interest in taking bribes especially from various African students that were willing to compensate the faculty too approve dissertation research projects. In fact, this University at this time had a reputation as a place where you could buy your degree. Therefore, many White people seeking degrees in educational administration and their Black counterparts chose to attend this University and not Georgia State where the tuition was much less. Therefore, it was not unusual for the Department to accept a bribe to not approve a dissertation for non-academic reasons. Many corrupt politicians in Chattanooga, Tennessee the center of the dissertation study were very interested in trying to silence and or destroy critical research that the Department claimed was polemical. This was directly related to evidence uncovered regarding their involvement in political corruption overtime with respect to Black electoral politics in Chattanooga. So, the motivations of many of the intellectual thieves have been clearly based on money. However, there is a philosophical voice also among these people. For example, the intellectual thieves at a predominately White State University in Tennessee during more recent times (2013-2014) seemed to be solely motivated by the New Liberalism and things politically correct. However, at the University in Atlanta the intellectual thieves were before the time of the politically correct philosophy. But they were for the most part anti independent thinkers. Therefore, even among many of the historic Black Colleges and Universities and other previously all White Schools there are no academic freedoms for Black independent thinkers. Meanwhile the most common trait among the intellectual thieves of Yesterday and Today is the lack of moral principles and values. But the main reason for their behavior was material gain at both institutions. At various State Universities passing grades are given to students who do not earn them and sold in the interest of the university receiving more funding. In the midst of this attack on academic excellence the so-called African American History Department at this predominantly White University adhered to the strict immoral code of the New Liberalism and things politically correct. Meanwhile the intellectual thieves in Atlanta advertised and noised around that they are the bastion of Black Politics and the Black Experience. However, underlying all of this was a stern attack and affront to those in Back America who are independent thinkers. There are still parallels drawn between the intellectual thieves of all of these institutions, all of them reject God. The rejection of God transcends into the rejection of culture. Black Americans have had a historic relationship with God. This was clearly seen especially during the trying times of enslavement. Thus, as the Black American Experience has evolved overtime God has been at the center of our sojourn. John declared that as a believer he knew for certain that God had allowed and carried the Black man, woman, boys and little girls through slavery. The evolving Black American Experience has also seen our brethren called many names. Most were given to us by the former slave master. But during these contemporary times we have given our selves the erroneous name African and American. Let the record show that those that believe in the African and American lie which is allegedly politically correct also do not believe in God. It is clearly reported that the New Liberals and things politically correct are an ungodly affront to the laws of God. So, the rejection of God among the African and American crowd is also the rejection of culture. There are countless ways in which the rejection of culture impacts on Black Americans. However, the acceptance of a White standard of beauty is just one. White Americans do not defect from their culture for the most part. However, during these times, the lost Black American is in denial of his true culture. Meanwhile many Black Americans try to pattern themselves after White people in some way. But the reality is that no one White is willing to deny being a White American nor is this possible. Therefore, the real Black American refuses to deny their culture and try to pattern themselves after White people. There is nothing wrong with short Natural hair upon the heads of Black men or Black women. Peace and Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press Tuesday 13 February 2018 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
EXCERPT: BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY CONFUSED WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY FALLS ON SHALLOW GROUND BY THE PREACHERS AND THE TEACHERS THE PARA-FABLE OF THE ESSENCE OF TIME AND THE TRANSITION OF RACISM Jeremiah 23: 1-40 “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 23: 2 “Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the Pastors that feed my people; ye have scattered my flock, and driven them way, and have not visited them, behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.” Once more and again a Parallel discussion is rendered as we look deep into Today and note the times of Yesterday and the people of Israel. In the service of the Lord there are specific duties. One person cannot perform the duties of another. However, often the responsibilities are not the same with different men. We also declare that God had a greater charge regarding the leading men than the common people. Jeremiah notes several classes of people that were guilty of transgressions against the Lord. Will the days ever end whereby the Pastors will not scatter the flock? Just who is responsible? The people gathered with itching ears ready to hear anything. However, the righteous wanted to hear what the Lord said. The Lord has always rendered the way to Peace and Paradise not War. Meanwhile the flock went and came. Some returned to God. They are called the remnant as some still dwell on the outskirts of the Lord. However, John was on fire for the Lord. He was not hot and then cold. This was the New Testament times and he ran for Jesus. Once more than once this is good. Glory to God and Christ. All of the ways and actions of man the Human Subjects are always observed by the entire Animal Kingdom. It is for sure as the Sun can see through the clouds, the trees also waited, watched and listened. Monkey Do and his beloved brother Monkey See realized the Human Subjects often acted as if they were members of the lower Animal Kingdom. There had been a fatal attraction to economics as racism came into existence. All of the Black Bears including Buster throughout the Animal Kingdom noted that the confusion over racism has gotten out of hand. Yes, the race card is played when it is clear that the deck needs to re-shuffled. Meanwhile the Professor knew about this great distortion. He was one of the few Human Subjects that faced reality regarding the historical development of humankind over time. Therefore, he was not consumed with the world-view that looked left and not right at the Cross Roads. The Professor is also a Spiritual Scientist which is on a level beyond the mere Social Scientist. He then said: “The Essence of Time is the Divine order of change as we move from Yesterday into Today and look deep into Tomorrow. Time should not be taken for granted. Time also is controlled and regulated by God. We (all the Human Subject and the Animal Kingdom) only act, interact and respond inside the spaces of Time.” Monkey See was familiar with the Divine Essence of Time noted by the Professor and John. But he wanted to get right to the point. He asked the Professor the following question. “Is it true that as we view Time in its simple but profound definitive sense, things change.” “Yes, that is true noted the Professor. John at this point was anxious to bring more clarity to the discussion. “As I look back in Time, I see that the institution of slavery would have eventually come to an end with or without a Civil War. I also see the ending of the Vale of Tears as noted by Billie Holiday. Jim fled with Crow and the back doors were closed except to take out the garbage.” Monkey See and Monkey Do were joined by the great Bald Eagle that flew high up. The trees quietly standing still, actually waved in the soft, deft Wind that blew north, south, east and west. All of God’s Creation had been a witness to the gradual and clear transition of racism over time. They had all observed this great phenomenon. A chattel existence of Black America was profitable. Meanwhile the segregated restrictions among Black and White people were held in place with racism and or claims of racial inferiority. The Professor had been communing with John all day long. He also rejected the notion that the Animal Kingdom knew more about racism than an independent Black Spiritual Scientist. Meanwhile racism help secure an economic system that thrived on King Cotton picked and chopped by people who were not paid any wages. Some of the Slave Drivers were chosen from among their own people. This set-in place the need for the Straw Boss after the agrarian system of the south fell in defeat due to the Civil War. However, racism still thrived because some people believed that there would be more profits gained by the power brokers if they continued a clandestine system of economic exploitation of the people new to freedom. John wanted to speak, he also felt that independent Human Subjects could bring more clarity to this discussion. “John then said: “Professor allow me to bring an important question to the table for your review and comments. Are you also saying that there is a historical precedent of the discriminated Black man contributing to many aspects of racism? What I am saying is, if some Black people had not assisted the slave owners as Slave Drivers and informers, would that peculiar institution have survived as long as it did?” The Professor. “I know what you are saying. Without the Black involvement (conspiracy) many aspects of racism would not have been as dominate as they were. For example, it is clearly confirmed that the initial Slave Drivers on the plantation and Straw Bosses assisted many components of institutionalized racism.” Monkey See was delighted. He said: “You Human Subjects only act dumb and stupid but most of your clan know that to see this picture one must lead with the Genesis of the situation and clearly note the changes in Time and the Transitions over Time.” John then said: “Come with me to the time in which we now live and see Time as it goes by into Tomorrow. As we look into the New Year and 2019, we see that the mood of economic exploitation of Black America riding the wings of racism has not gone away but is in hiding. The Straw Bosses attempt to defeat and stifle Black unity and Economic Equality. Some left-over people Black and White still believe that the old ways of control over Black lives still has some utility. Thus, independent Black thinkers suffer more at the hands of their own people.” All through the Animal Kingdom it was observed that these events impacted on the transition of racism. Time had removed many of the overt aspects of racism. Also, the covert attempts were limited and when they fell upon the Freedom Writers usually, there was a Black collusion. It was clear to even the lowest Snakes that all of the Human Subjects have some degree of racial prejudice running through their blood veins, heart and mind. However, it is how you harness and control these feelings and subdue these feelings that go to the extreme. Thus, the march on racism should be a march on Black Unity and Economic Parity. Will Economic Equality impact on the transition of racism and Time? Peace and Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press Friday 1 February 2019 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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