Let “Freedom Ring”
Remember Black men you were once kings
Nothing is impossible for you if you
Know what I mean.
If Black men would get off their rear end
Give their life to God and stop living in sin
All the pain and suffering I know would come to an end
If they would Denounce fear, they can do anything.
(When I say "They" It does not speak for all black men)
If he would only realize who he is and what he is
He would know he can do anything but fail.
It’s time the Black man step out of Hell
Come out of the prisons and jails
See in 1865 to 1877, under protection of
Union troops, some strides were made
toward equal rights for the African-Americans.
And the way was laid
No more was the black obligated to be
House niggers, field niggers and maids
Southern blacks began to vote,
were elected to the United States Congress,
even if the white man did take it as a joke
Black men held local public office, established schools
and built towns and businesses.
Did you know these happening is still leading
to this day from so long ago.
These things my brothers and sisters would know
If our children would go to school,
pick up a book
Stop trying to be a crook,
The way could by now have been made
I ain’t talking about the white man!Now
I am talking about my Black brother,
my black sister.
Let us join up with the ones here.
Let us think on how they got there
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, ran for
the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination
in 1984 and 1988, brought unprecedented support
and leverage to blacks in politics.
In 1989, Virginia became the first state in U.S. history
to elect a black Governor, Douglas Wilder.
In 1992 Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois became
the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
There were 8,936 black officeholders in the United States in 2000,
showing a net increase of 7,467 since 1970.
In 2001 there were 484 mayors and 38 members of Congress.
The Congressional Black Caucus serves as a political bloc in Congress
for issues relating to African Americans.
The appointment of blacks to high federal offices—
including General Colin Powell, Chairman of the U.S.
Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1989-1993,
United States Secretary of State, 2001 - 2005;
Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for
National Security Affairs, 2001-2004, confirmed Secretary of State in
January, 2005; Ron Brown, United States Secretary of Commerce,
1993-1996; and Supreme Court justices Thurgood Marshall
and Clarence Thomas—also demonstrates the increasing
visibility of blacks in the political arena.
However many African Americans are discouraged by
the fact that most of the above mentioned Blacks appointed to
government positions served the political party opposed by 90%
of Black Americans.
Economic progress for blacks has been equally slow.
According to Forbes rich lists,
Oprah Winfrey was the richest African American of the 20th century
and has been the world's only black billionaire in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Not only was Winfrey the world's only black billionaire but
she's been the only black on the Forbes 400 nearly every year since 1995
BET founder Bob Johnson briefly joined her on the list from 2001-2003
before his ex-wife acquired part of his fortune,
though he recently returned to the list in 2006.
With only two black wealthy enough to rank among America's 400 richest people,
blacks are currently only 0.5% of America's economic elite,
despite being 12% of the U.S. population.
My people perish for the Lack of Knowledge.
My people perish for the rejection of Knowedge
My people perish because their leaders are lazy, slow and greedy
Disobedient to the Word of God and running after desire
Like a bat out of hell.
Black History has come a long way.
Get up Black man, get up Black Woman step up, step out and let
Us get it together for 2007.
We can be just as rich right here as we wait to be
taken by Christ Jesus to that Heaven.