Fairwell to a King

Early yesterday morning news began to spread throughout St. Louis’ social media circles that the life of Activist Darren “King D” Seals had been taken. The details of his demise are not what’s important but more so what he stood for. Details surrounding his untimely death can be found here http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/us/ferguson-protest-leader-darren-seals-found-dead-in-vehicle.html?_r=0. screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-9-04-25-pm

I knew Darren personally and was often in complete awe of his conversation and his knowledge. He was passionate and driven for the causes he supported. We didn’t always see eye to eye but none the less my respect for him was real. Those who knew Darren and those who knew of him are in mourning, Saint Louis, Missouri is in mourning as we try to understand the who and the why. We lost one of our own and we can’t seem to grasp a complete understanding, so instead of claiming conspiracy theories and guesses. He stood with the family of slain teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, he would get off work from his job at General Motors and help find lost children, he was a man for his community. Today all I can do is  simply offer my condolences to a man who stood for what he believed in, fought those who were afraid to fight for themselves and was a man of many words. As well as to his mother and younger brother of whom he dedicated his life.

A true King who joined a fight that those who followed alongside him will continue.  Rest in Power King Darren, you may now take your rightful place among those like you. Your legacy will forever be remembered and the fight for justice will continue. You are loved dear heart!

REST IN POWER AND LOVE!

“The Price of Freedom is Death.”~Malcolm X

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#BuildingUpBlack

Happy Monday! It has been quite some time since we last came together so we have a bit of catching up to do. Since my last post about Daniel “Boone” fuller, also known as “The Man on the Billboard” I took some time to look at and evaluate the current state in which the community I live is in. Saint Louis, Missouri has been the subject of national news for over a year following the murder of Mike Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. This unjust act sparked national outrage and shined a light on the  killings of unarmed black men and women by law enforcement. In cities all across the country [and the world] “Black Lives Matter” has been at the forefront of protests, giving voices to those who can no longer speak for themselves and bringing police brutality to the forefront. I salute the men and women who stand for such a worthy cause.

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What Shall We Do…..An open letter to Saint Louis

“What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with
us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!” ~Frederick Douglass

 

I remember not too long ago sitting in a monthly staff meeting when one of my co-workers, conveniently nicknamed “The Professor” stood up and quoted the above infamous speech of Frederick Douglass. At the time it was comical and we all broke into an uncontrollable bout of laughter. It was last night as I sat watching local news as reports and videos of the riots taken place in Ferguson, Missouri that this quote made perfect sense. Following the unwarranted shooting death of teen Michael Brown, Jr by a Ferguson Police officer on the afternoon of August 9th, 2014 our city was in an uproar. It was following a peaceful protest and candlelight vigil at the scene of the this tragedy that a riot ensued.

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