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Grapes of Wrath: Baltimore 2015, Detroit 1967

Nonviolence as Compliance ~ The Atlantic

The older I get the fewer words I have. I find myself asking, “what hasn’t already been said?” when it comes to the discussion of American racism, bias, oppression and historical injustice. I find myself believing less in mans ability to evolve from his transgressions. I find my anger rising while my faith and hope diminishes.

I understand better human acts I never expected to understand. I seek solace only the Divine can give. I miss more and more the aged wisdom of an Elder’s presence in my life.

Rev Albert Cleage - The Grapes of WrathYesterday I sought and found comfort in the words of Rev. Albert CLEAGE, father of fellow genealogy blogger Kristin CLEAGE (Finding Eliza). Words spoken when I had just turned 1 year’s old that unbelievably ring true today as I approach 49 years this July 7.

I shared these thoughts on my Facebook page last night:

TV off. Thankful to have the consciousness of Rev. Albert CLEAGE streaming into the soul of my 15 yr old Justis tonight. You have to REALLY listen to peep this sermon was delivered in 1967 not 2015. Time hasn’t stood still but the struggle for EQUALITY has. Understanding the nature of RIOTS is not the issue. Work to understand the criminal nature & legacy of oppression. Across decades. Fighting, standing, working, protesting, praying & advocating for change that never comes. Watching life after life loss without just cause & sans protection by law. When you can understand the HIGH toll of living with oppression… you can see how hope gets lost… how anger […]

Are Our Soldiers Wearing GAR Medals? #BuffaloSoldier

The mystery continues! Compare the medal worn by one of our Mystery Soldiers and the featured Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) medal. Are they one in the same? And if yes, what does this tell us about their military service?

9th G Troop - Taos News

GAR Medal - Taos News

Now consider the medal (below) worn by this distinguished Buffalo Solider from Company A, 25th United States Infantry Regiment. Are we looking at the same medal and if so, what does that tell us?

Officer of Company A, 25th United States Infantry Regiment

Questions of the day:

  • Did our Soldiers serve in the Civil or Indian War? Could they have served in both?
  • Are the medals worn in fact GAR medals awarded for Marksmanship?
  • Would soldiers in the Civil and Indian Wars have received the same type of medal?
  • When and where was the picture taken? Could it have been Fort Bayard New Mexico? Checkout the Fort Bayard “porch” featured in this 1886 image. Is this the backdrop of our group photo? Buffalo Soldiers were stationed there and the 9th Cavalry unit was posted there from 1875-1899.

MANY thanks to my geneaholics (True and Bernita) and history/military buffs tossing their research eye into our search for answers. Kudos to Rick Romancito, TEMPO readers via Taos News and our new friends at the

G Troop Continues To Speak…

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Gloria Longval is a gifted Cuban artist and owner of the 9th Regiment, Company G image. She tells me it was purchased in 1965, at an estate sale in Los Angeles.

Gloria paid .40 cents each for 4 picture frames, and it wasn’t until 3 days later she discovered the 9th Cavalry image hidden securely between two mats, and on the underside the horse and carriage image featured above.

She tells me she’s never shared the images with anyone outside of her immediate family, only taking them to be appraised in 1994 and last week to Taos News, in the hope it would prompt a Black History Month feature.

Having lost her Husband in 1965, Gloria shared how the image of the soldiers helped to ease her grief. She’d often examine their faces, wondering about the lives of the 10 men.

So what have we learned and/or confirmed?

  • The soldiers are in fact the 9th Regiment, Company G; also referred to as “G Troop”. The emblem on their hats confirm this — “9” at the top of the crossed sabers and “G” below, medals and uniform style.
  • They are Buffalo Soldiers who we believe served in Texas, Kansas and New Mexico. It’s possible they were recruited in New Orleans in 1866.
  • The medals they’re wearing are not Medals of Honor. We’re working to confirm what the medals represent, at least one medal appears to be for “marksmanship”.
  • The image is believed to be a “reunion” shot, taken sometime after their service. The location to be determined.
  • I’ve reached out to friends at the

Military Mystery: U.S. Cavalry 9th Regiment Company G?

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As “luck” would have it friends, I happened to find myself sitting beside a colleague, Rick Romancito (TEMPO Editor, Taos News) as he interviewed the owner of the above historic image.

“Gloria” purchased the image 40+ years ago from an estate sale in Los Angeles, CA. In 1994 she had the image appraised, details of which are included below.

Military-Mystery---Taos-News-DETAILS

I’ve enlisted the aid of my own personal military advisers, True Lewis (Army) of My True Roots and Bernita Allen (Air Force) of Voices Inside My Head to help track down details regarding these distinguished Servicemen. Now I enlist the help of our genealogy community!:)

We’d love to confirm service details and if possible, identify and call their respective names! Are they in fact U.S. Cavalry 9th Regiment Company G Servicemen?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to know the origins of the medals they’re wearing so proudly and/or to connect this rare image to living descendants who would love to see their Ancestors in this light?

ALL feedback is welcome, so PLEASE do leave comments, ideas and thoughts.

There’s a good chance you’ll be seeing our Servicemen as an ongoing article in our local TEMPO section of the Taos News as we work through this mystery together.

There are less than 100 African Americans in the town of Taos. And to my knowledge I’m the only genealogist — let alone a researcher with African American military interest and a visible online presence. What are the odds that the owner […]

KWANZAA 2014 ~ Principle 2: KUJICHAGULIA = Self-Determination

KujichaguliaKUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

In 2014 I renewed my commitment to living a life defined on my own terms.

I sat aside the expectations of others to decide how I should work and/or where I should live.

I discarded the opinions of anyone who questioned my ability to “call the shots” for my life and shut down anyone who dared to define “my normal”.

I’m blessed to know who I am at my spirit’s core and to be totally at peace with who she is.

Thankful to pass on the charge to my children to be as different, unique and diverse as they need to be, so long as it leads to true happiness and enlightenment.

Don’t live outside the box — reject the notion of a box completely.

Just live. Be. Thrive.

As long as I have breath and presence of mind, may I continue defining who I am and who I need to be according to the Law of Luckie.

With God’s grace, I have that right and you do too. EMBRACE IT today for tomorrow is not promised.

Habari gani? KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)

Luckie

And thank you Audre Lorde for showing me the path. Walk in light Gamba Adisa. ASHE!

 

KWANZAA 2014 ~ Principle 1: UMOJA = Unity

UMOJA (Unity) Kwanzaa - Principle 1UMOJA (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

It’s the relationships, the bonds, the fusion of like-minds with common purpose that carry us up and over life’s hills.

The beauty of aging with your spirit intact is the benefit of learning the truth about life and what sustains us.

Now we understand why preservation of family and community meant so much to the Elders who came before us.

Now we know. When we get down to it and evaluate what REALLY matters about this life journey, it always has and will rest with the circle of people we’ve had in it.

Be they living or walking among the Ancestors, it’s the bond that sustains us.

UMOJA = unity. Find it. Create it. Protect it.

Happy Kwanzaa Family!

Luckie

 

12.13.14: Justice For All NYC & Washington

Justice For All 12.13.14

March In Washington Draws Thousands Of Protesters Demanding Justice For All – DC

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Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings – NYC

By |December 14th, 2014|History, Journal|0 Comments

Open Letter to The Blatantly Racist & Passively Biased: I Am Out of Patience

Civil Rights March - Seattle REDUX

I have no desire to see you enlightened or converted. I am not your voice of reason or by cultural default, source of untapped tolerance. There’s nothing in me willing to offer any measure of diplomacy to the sickness you openly and passionately spread. All the graciousness I’ve wielded for close to 30 years, in a desire to work and live among you peacefully, is depleted.

Make no mistake, though you observe me mothering with love, laughing with authentic joy and seeking refuge in the Divine, I’m brimming with anger I work hard to contain, daily.

To the BLATANTLY RACIST, I’m sickened by your transparent race hate, cruelty and cowardly attempts to veil your poison behind political rhetoric and desire for “American values”. Appalled by your ability to excuse, ignore and/or deny away your barbaric crimes against humanity — past and present. Disgusted by your boldness to reinvent a 21st Century incarnation of the Jim Crow South; once again hiding behind a deliberately broken justice system, jaded laws and morally corrupt champions who represent anything but peace.

You’ve created a psychotic American culture thriving on hate, ignorance and fear; rising by oppressing others. You are history on rewind, and of that you should not be proud.

To the PASSIVELY BIASED, your permissiveness is alarming. For you, racism is non-existent because after all, we elected a “brown President”. Dismiss all claims of bias and injustice as “playing the race card”. Complain frequently about how black people should “just get over it”. You boast of being “colorblind”, as if to be accepted my beautiful brown hue is better […]

CAPITOL HILL: Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!

Capitol Hill Hands Up

Capitol Hill’s Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’

#WeHearYou

By |December 11th, 2014|Announcements, Journal|1 Comment

Happy Birthday Anbownes!

If you missed knowing this REMARKABLE woman, you missed somebody mighty special! God broke the mold with this one! Happy Birthday Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK, our Anbownes!:)

Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick

December 7, 1920 – March 5, 1992