“Ms O, Tis yo ‘Slip’ hanging, Again???”

These are some exciting times…

A lot has transpired since I last culturally expressed myself with you…

So we have a lot to catch up with…

But let me start by saying,

“Ms O, Tis yo ‘slip’ hanging, again???”


There are “Cultural Clashes” everywhere…

Please allow me to go lateral here for a moment…  

Talk about another “come-by-ya” moment for the leadership members of  Congress;

black and white,
liberal and conservative,
and least we forget – friend and foe…

Lawmakers lock arms as they sing 'We Shall Overcome' during a ceremony to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on Capitol Hill, June 24, 2014.

Their faces says it all…

I tip my hat to Mitch McConnell and John Boehner for dropping all their partisanship and demonstrating the same kind of unity it took to pass the “Civil Rights Act” a half century ago… 


You see culturally speaking, everything boils down to perspective…  

“Ms O, Tis yo ‘Slip’ hanging, Again???”

As many of you know, “Ms O” is producing the film “Selma” in which she is playing a supporting role portraying ” Annie Lee Cooper…” 

Annie Lee Cooper was a civil rights hero, who became known worldwide in 1965 for a confrontation with Sheriff James G. Clark.

Historian David J. Garrow tells the story in his book, “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” which was released in the 1970s by Yale University Press.

According to Garrow’s documented version, Cooper had stood in line for hours outside the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote. Clark ordered the 224-pound, 54-year-old African-American woman to go home. Cooper clamed he poked her in the back of the neck with either a billy club or a cattle prod. Cooper turned and delivered a right hook to the sheriff’s jaw. He dropped to the ground.

John Lewis, who later would become a Congressman, said at the time, “Clark whacked her so hard we could hear the sound several rows back.”

Deputies wrestled Cooper down on the ground, arrested her, charged her with assault, and attempted murder.

Newspapers from the time said she was detained in jail for 11 hours. Sheriff’s deputies released her because they were afraid Clark would come back in and beat her.

 Read more: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2010/11/24/annie-lee-cooper-civil-rights-legend-dies/#ixzz35fRv8V1k

Annie Lee Cooper sounds like an unsung “Civil Rights Hero” to me…

Yusuf Salaam, a former city councilman and state representative called her a “freedom fighter” who cared more about the movement and its ideals than she did for self-aggrandizement.

Read more: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2010/11/24/annie-lee-cooper-civil-rights-legend-dies/#ixzz35fRv8V1k


This sounds like a role tailor made for “Ms O…”   It will probably remind us all of the role that gave her fame and fortune in the movie “the Color Purple…”   The obvious difference here is that Annie Lee Cooper is not a fictitious character but (first but in the room) someone who put their life on the line to make a difference in others…


Just as Annie Lee Cooper was not a fictitious character, neither was another unsung hero who gave her life to make a difference in others – Viola Liuzzo…  You might say as I did years ago when I read her name associated with the likes of Dr. King and John Lewis;

“Viola Liuzzo who???”  Viola Liuzzo Civil Rights Martyr

Yes, Viola Liuzzo (39) is a white woman who traveled to Alabama in March 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference—led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.—with its efforts to register black voters in Selma…  “Viola Liuzzo was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan while driving a black man from Montgomery to Selma. She was the only white female killed during the Civil Rights Movement.”

Read more:  http://www.biography.com/people/viola-gregg-liuzzo-370152#awesm=~oIdDZsLCme9WCR

“Gary Thomas Rowe was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant and a member of the Klux Klan (KKK). According to his court testimony, events transpired as follows. After the passengers were delivered, he and three other members of a KKK “missionary squad”—Collie Leroy Wilkins, Jr., William Orville Eaton, and Eugene Thomas—spotted Liuzzo and Moton stopped at a traffic light in Selma. They followed her car for twenty miles. While she attempted to outrun her pursuers, she sang at the top of her lungs, “We Shall Overcome.” About half way between Selma and Montgomery the four men pulled their car up next to hers and shot at her. Liuzzo was killed instantly. Her car rolled into a ditch. Moton escaped injury.  Jim Liuzzo learned of his wife’s death at midnight. The following day President Lyndon Johnson called Jim to say, “I don’t think she died in vain because this is going to be a battle, all out as far as I’m concerned.” Jim told the President, “My wife died for a sacred battle, the rights of humanity. She had one concern and only one in mind. She took a quote from Abraham Lincoln that all men are created equal and that’s the way she believed.””



You see culturally speaking, everything boils down to perspective… 

“Ms O, Tis yo ‘Slip’ hanging, Again???”

I could not help but notice a line in Annie Lee Cooper’s bio that stated, “Annie Lee Cooper became known worldwide in 1965 for a confrontation with Sheriff James G. Clark…”  

It’s the “became known worldwide” part that I am referring too…
I have never read that about “Viola Liuzzo…”

There is also a line that states the street – Annie Lee Cooper – lived on was named after her…
I have never read that about “Viola Liuzzo…”

There is much written about how Annie Lee Cooper will be portrayed in this movie; but (another big what about “Viola Liuzzo” portrayal but in the room) what about how “Viola Liuzzo” will be  portrayed in this movie???   I believe the following quote says it all:

“Liuzzo’s death came at a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, when President Johnson had been fighting an uphill battle to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress. Her murder is attributed by historians of the era as providing the final piece of leverage that won Johnson approval of the Act in Congress, which forever changed our political landscape.”


And needless to say, I was greatly disturbed to read on the children of this great woman’s fb page of the way they are being treated in and around this movie…  I believe, we as a people, could not have done it on our own…  It took peoples from all walks of life to guarantee the success of the “Civil Rights Movement…”  


I hope that as we bask in the warm sunlit days of equality and freedom; we not forget those who gave their lives lighting the trail  for us through those dark days of inequality and bondage…   2 Samuel 9:1 – And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?

I say unto you all that there is someone of the house of “Viola Liuzzo…” 

Do you feel me???

I hope you do…

You see culturally speaking, everything boils down to perspective…

So “Ms O, Tis yo ‘Slip’ hanging, Again???”




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