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MLK 2010

MLK 2010Today would have been the 81st birthday of Martin Luther King, if he were still alive today. I wonder what he would think about the current ladscape of the United States if he were here to tell us?

IMHO the birthday of Dr. King was obscured last year by the historic elction of Barack Obama. Today we can look back with greater clarity, to enable us to act with greater vision as we move forward.

Dr. King talked about issues of human rights, war/peace and economic empowerment of the average citizen. These are still the key issues that we are faced with today. The election of Obama has not solved ANY of these problems and some might even suggest that the challenges of these issues are even more important today, then they were during the life of Dr. King.

All of this and more are on my mind today. I have just returned from Pittsburgh, where I spent the weekend at the "Each One, Teach One" Music & Radio Confrence. I'll file a report later on it, however in addition to the great discussions we had on music & radio, the comradare that was established between the participants, the strategic/tactical arrangements that resulted; it is notable that the entire event (including the socialization during the evening) was integrated.

I have no doubt that Dr. King is smiling about that...

This issue of the Soul-Patrol newsletter features a couple of essays from me that I hope that you will find informative andrelavent to the principles that Dr. King espoused. Also included is a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio broadcast, featuring some of Dr. Martin Luther King's key speaches.

Check all of this out and let me know what cha think?

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Listen to a collection of excerpts from Dr. King's greatest speeches, via Soul-Patrol.Net Radio


60's Diversity In Radio/The Murder Of Martin Luther King

MLK 2010I remember the day Dr. King was murdered all too well. I was in the 7th grade.
The day after the assassination there was a riot at my school, Roosevelt Jr-Sr High School. All of the white kids (including Howard Stern, in an incident he constantly refers to on his radio show) got azz whuppins that day. At that time the school was about 40 percent white.

By next fall the school was 95 percent Black...

"Tighten Up" - Archie Bell and the Drells, Cowboys To Girls" - Intruders, "I Got The Feeling" - James Brown, "Licking Stick" - James Brown, "Sing a Simple Song" - Sly and the Family Stone, "It's A Beautiful Morning" - Rascals, were among the songs playing on my "box" (a long forgotten electrical device consisting of a multi speed rotating platter, needle, tone arm, cartridge some gears/fan belts and a spindle, mounted inside of a wooden box...lol).

In those days my radio dial was tuned to WWRL-AM 1600, WLIB-AM 1190, WABC-AM 770, WMCA-AM 570, WBAI-FM 95.5 and a once/week "specialty show" on Long Island's WBAB-FM Sunday nights called "Stereo Soul", featuring Soul-Patroller Kenny Webb!

That's right folks...
Our own Ken "Spider" Webb, probably had the very first, regularly scheduled Soul Music radio show on the FM dial in NYC....He was ahead of his time then, and continues to be so today!

I was already a "radio junkie" and my choice in stations reflected that. by this point I had also become radicalized in my thinking.

A big part of my radio listening at that time, also included WBAI-FM 99.5

On WBAI I would listen to Bob Fass in the mornings where one of the features was the controversial "War Report", a broadcast where the government's daily casualty counts coming out of Vietnam would be challenged and discussed. I listened to Julius Lester a Black man, who was an award winning children's book author, who would also challenge the "status quo" with his daily ramblings on the war, interracial marriage and Black/Jewish relationships in NYC. I listened to Steve Post who I thought was an amazing broadcaster, he was sort of like a modern day Will Rogers, who would spin amazing yarns of daily life in NYC in between long and boring interludes of Classical music. Controversial figures like Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, Tom Hayden and others would also show up on the station from time to time, discussing their latest activities. And WBAI also played music. New releases from people like Hendrix, Dylan, CSN, etc would get prominently featured and many times the artists also appeared in the studio live, often joining in on the discussion of the issues of the day in addition to promoting their music!
That's right, the WBAI of 1968 was really the beginning of "free form" FM radio, a concept that was later commercialized, first on WOR-FM and then later with more commercial success on WNEW-FM.

So what does this all have to do with the assassination of MLK in 1968?

Some of you out there might think that it has more to do with the radio listening habits of a 7th grade little "colored boy" in 1968.

Or does it????

The philosophies of MLK were such that a little 7th grade "colored boy" in back in 1968 should be actually encouraged to have these kinds of diverse radio listening habits and not feel like he was "acting white" (as he would be accused of in today's environment).

It is the absence of this kind of "tolerance" for true diversity that in my opinion has gone a long way towards ruining this country. The day MLK was shot, is the day when this country started down it's long and destructive path we are still on, towards totalitarianism & fascism, where diversity of thought and opinion are actually discouraged.

And of course a prime example of this lack of diversity is the current state of what we refer to here on Soul-Patrol as KNEE-GRO RADIO (see Senator Harry Reid isn't the only person who uses that term in 2009.)

We as responsible adults need to create a more diverse world for our children, we have an obligation to do so!!

Today I am quite pleased to say that I am able to manage internet stations like Classic RnB @ RadioIO.com (which is inspired by the WWRL-AM of my youth) 50's & 60's Rock @ RadioIO.com (which is inspired by the WMCA-AM & WABC-AM of my youth) and of course Soul-Patrol.Net Radio (which is inspired by the free form WBAI-FM of my youth)

Thanks for helping me to remember that today...


--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Listen to a collection of excerpts from Dr. King's greatest speeches, via Soul-Patrol.Net Radio

My Thoughts on MLK Day 2010

MLK 2010Monday October 16, 1995 was the day of the Million Man March...

I had planned to attend. In fact I had arranged to take the day off from work at the enormously large/corrupt financial services company that I was then employed by at that time. I had even purchased a bus ticket from a local church, which was sending a busload of younger & older Black men down from the Philadelphia area to attend the Million Man March.

I was looking forward to going, because not only did I feel like I had something to offer, but perhaps even more to gain from the fellowship of being around so many Black men who all wanted to travel to Washington DC for no other reason than to be with each other and perhaps come back to their communities and implement positive change.

Then on October 12, 1995 my boss walked into my office and said to me....

"There's a new application development project starting up and the principles are having a difficult time identifying their mission, scope, strategy, project plan, etc. and getting the project kick started. I realize that it's short notice and you have the day off on Monday, but several of the key participants are flying in early. We need you to conduct a workshop in Manhattan on Monday to whip these guys into shape."

Of course when you are on the "corporate fast track", you don't turn down high profile assignments like this. Especially when you have a growing reputation for being one of the few people in the enormously large/corrupt financial services company who is capable of getting a group of high flying Wall Street types who can't agree on anything a sense of unity, purpose & direction and have them emerge as a unified and well documented project team in just one day.

So naturally I accepted the assignment (I was still "sick with greed myself" back in those days), cancelled my day off and spent the next three days (including the weekend) pouring thru the documentation, statistics, forecasts, organization charts, etc. in order to construct my agenda and to develop an understanding of the history of this project. I also made a few phone calls to get a feel for some of the personalities who would be attending the workshop.

After all of that research I had determined that this group of 18 people who were going to be in the workshop would be the typical group of "ignorant/arrogant/soulless wall street bastards" that I am around all of the time. You all know the type if you have ever seen the movie "Wall Street" and the character "Gordon Gekko" as portrayed by Michael Douglass.

I showed up at the enormously large Manhattan conference room at the enormously large/corrupt financial services company impeccably dressed and perfectly groomed at 8 am to make certain that everything was in order for the workshop...

And sure enough, when the participants started walking thru the door of the enormously large Manhattan conference room at the enormously large/corrupt financial services company that I was then employed by at that time, they all looked like clones of each other. 17 of the 18 were impeccably dressed white men, perfectly groomed as if they had just stepped off of the cover of GQ Magazine.

There was however one person in the group that immediately stood out. It was an impeccably dressed Black man, perfectly groomed as if he had just stepped off of the cover of GQ Magazine. I began the workshop with a series of team building/documentation exercises designed to really kick off the project and about 10 am I called the first 15 minute break. Everyone ran out of the room presumably to find an empty terminal where they could check the latest stock quotes, as was the traditional break time activity at the enormously large/corrupt financial services company that I was then employed by at that time. Of course I spent the time reviewing/assessing in my mind what had happened thus far and determining if I had to make any adjustments to what I had planned for the rest of the workshop.

At about the 13 minute mark of the break the impeccably dressed Black man, perfectly groomed as if he had just stepped off of the cover of GQ Magazine approached me. We shook hands and he asked me what I thought about the Million Man March. I explained to him that I had originally planned on attending, but I had to change my schedule in order to conduct this workshop.

He said to me; "don't worry about it, what you are doing here today is far more important than attending the Million Man March. Your running this session today is going to change people's lives. You see for possibly the very first time in their lives this group of arrogant SOB's have a Black man not telling them how to shoot hoops or dance, but instead telling them how to run their business, something that is more important to them than their wives, their children, than perhaps life itself. Whatever you already think about these guys is probably true, I know it, because I work with them every day. They are every bit as bad and maybe even worse than you already think. I am certain that you will not only get this project on the right track, but the end result of your work here today will be much more far reaching than that, the end result of your work here today will enable you to help advance the goals of the Million Man March far more than if you had gone to Washington, DC today."

With that, we gave each other the now famous "fist bump" and I said to him; "now get away from me and stay away from me for the rest of the day before they think that you & I are plotting to burn down the building." He looked at me, smiled and returned to the rest of the group for the duration of the workshop.

And of course he was right...

The workshop was indeed successful. In fact it was so successful that a couple of weeks later I was requested to be "borrowed" to co-manage the project. More importantly the other "impeccably dressed and perfectly groomed" Black man that I had met for the first time the day of the workshop formed a behind the scenes "alliance" with each other that would last for the next 12 years, and together we did indeed change the lives of many people. Which was what the objective of the Million Man March was supposed to be, Black men working together to effect change.

And that is what I am thinking about on MLK Day/2010

--Bob Davis


NP: "It's Fantastic"
--Smokey Robinson & the Miracles


--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



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