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WORLD CONFERENCE OF MAYORS CHAIRPERSON MAYOR JOHNNY FORD, TWO RHYTHM AND BLUES STARS, MARTHA REEVES, LAMONT SHOWBOAT ROBINSON, CHERYL RUFFIN, HOWIE COMEN AT BERTS BAR DETROIT OCTOBER 2017.

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      REALIZING THE DREAM - A MUSICAL


   I want to co - produce a play about how we achieve equal rights. In a Democracy the

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    Brought here as slaves singing spirituals African became Americans with Lincoln. With

Freedom came votes and    music of the civil war. With votes came black value. Jazz of the

20’s  resulted as appreciation of the dollar value of   the music. World War 11 brought the

realization  that bombers, protected by black flyers would survive. In baseball

   Branch Rickey realized that if you added black faces to white in the stadiums he would make

more green. Record companies realized that white kids treated black 50’s musicians as

heroes  and the record labels could turn adoration into Green.                                                  


       REALIZING THE DREAM

  BY Howard Gerald Comen 1 10 2018

WE ARE BUT ONE HUMANITY, DIFFERENT SHADES

WE WERE NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS WAY

BLACK PEOPLE WERE BROUGHT HERE AS SLAVES

YELLOW PEOPLE CAME HERE TO LAY RAILROADS IN WAVES

RED PEOPLE IN REALITY TO THIS LAND LAID CLAIM

PEOPLE OF THE RAINBOW IN LOVE WITH SEX SAME

SUFFERED AS ANY PEOPLE WERE SHAMED

WHITE PEOPLE TRAVELED THE WORLD,  CONQUEST THEIR AIM

LOOKING DOWN NOSES AT ALL THOSE ACROSS THEY CAME



BUT GOD HAD FINALLY HAD ABOUT ENOUGH

HE SENT DOWN AN ANGEL TO WHISPER IN THE EAR

OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO GOD KNEW WAS TOUGH

AND WOULD TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE NO MATTER HOW ROUGH


LINCOLN WAS KILLED LIKE JESUS BEFORE  

HE GAVE BLACK PEOPLE THE VOTE WHICH OPENED THE DOOR

FOR IN A DEMOCRACY THE VOTE HAS THE POWER

TO BATH IN THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY SHOWER


AFTER THE  WAR WHITES COULDN’T IGNORE

THE VOTE OF  FORMER SLAVES IN ELECTIONS

TO RETURN WHERE THEY BEEN TWO WHITE MEN

COURTED THE VOTE OF DARK COMPLEXION


FOSTER APPEALED AND BLACK LEADER  ADAMS REVEALED

THE DESIRE FOR THE BLACK CITIZENS TO HIRE

A TEACHER TO OPEN THE EDUCATION GATES

TO  FREEDOM, FINANCES, AND  FIRE


SO FOSTER WON AND BOOKER T WASHINGTON

WAS HIRED TO EMANCIPATE AND TEACH FREEDOM

AND YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN LEARNED

THE MEANING OF WHERE FREEDOM CAME FROM


A SHORT TIME LATER JAZZ CAME TO FRUITION

AS ORPHANS DANCED AND WAXED TO THE CHARLESTON

IT TOOK AMERICA LIKE A WONDERFUL STORM

AND MOVED MUSIC AWAY FROM VICTORIAN NORM


THE JENKINS ORPHANAGE BAND TOURED THE LAND

WITH A DANCE COMMEMORATING THEIR CITY

AND FROM DETROIT TO DELAND THEY DANCED CHARLESTON BRAND

AND WHITE FOLK PICKED UP THEIR NITTY GRITTY


THEN IN TUSKEGEE YEARS LATER BLACK MEN KNEW THEY WERE GREATER

AND COULD FLY FIGHTERS TO PROTECT THE FREEDOM THEY HAD WON

SO THEY TRAINED IN OLD PLANES  TO PROTECTS FREEDOMS GAINS

KNOWING ALL MEN WERE CREATED  THE SAME


BUT THE GENERALS DID NOT FEEL BLACK FLYERS WERE REAL

AS BLACKS WERE THOUGHT INFERIOR TO WHITE MEN

BUT THE TUSKEGEE MEN REFUSED TO BE ABUSED AND REMAIN  IN  OBLIVION

AND PERSISTED UNTIL THE GENERALS GAVE IN.


THEY PROVED THEIR INSIGHT AND SUPERIORITY IN FLIGHT

THAT WHITE BOMBER PILOTS DEMANDED COVER FROM THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN

THEY NEVER LOST A PLANE BUT WERE NEVER FULL RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR GAINS

BUT FROM THE BOMBER PILOTS WHO LIVED BEYOND THAT DAY


THEN JACKIE ROBINSON BECAME A DODGER THROUGH THE DIN

OF RACISM, HATRED, BOTTLES, AND THE KLAN

BUT WHEN JACKIE RAN, IT WAS FROM THIRD BASE TO HOME SAND

AND THE JEERS TURNED TO CHEERS BY WHITE FANS


A BLACK HERO WAS BORN, AMONG HATRED AND SCORN

FROM OPPOSING PITCHERS  AND FANS OF THE FORLORN

BUT THE DODGER FANS, BLACK, AND WHITE IN THE STANDS

REALIZED HE WASN'T JUST EQUAL, BUT A SUPERIOR BASEBALL MAN


JACKIE'S FAME QUICKLY BECAME UNIVERSAL BY BOTH RACES

THE OWNERS REALIZED,  SEEING GREEN  ON BLACK AND WHITE FACES

BY NOW MUSIC BY WHITE MUSICIANS,  COVERED BLACK MUSIC LIKE MAGICIANS,

BUT WHITE KIDS SAW THROUGH THIS RUSE AND BOUGHT BLACK MUSIC AS A HOLY MISSION


THIS DETROIT SOUND BROUGHT WHITE KIDS ROUND WORSHIPING REGARDLESS OF COLOR

THEY JUDGE PEOPLE BY ACTION NOT BY REFRACTION REALIZING THIS TRUTH UNIVERSAL

THAT BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, AND RED  RACES ARE JUST SHADES OF HUMAN FACES

TO RECOGNIZE THIS ON YOUR JOURNEY TO BLISS IS REALLY  HEAVENS REHEARSAL


REVEREND KING MARCHED INTO HELL TO REALIZE HIS DREAM

NEVER CARING HOW DANGEROUS THINGS SEEMED

MALCOLM X RECOGNIZED THE FACT THAT POOR SCHOOLS

LEAD TO POOR TEACHERS WITHOUT NECESSARY TOOLS

AND DELIVER STUDENTS  STUDENTS UNPREPARED TO LEAD


LINCOLN AND BOOKER T MOVED DIVISIONS THAT BE

BY ESTABLISHING WHITE GAIN THROUGH BLACK NEED

THE JENKINS BAND AND THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN GREW EQUALITIES SEED

THEN JACKIE STOLE HOME AS THE TEMPTATIONS, AND  REEVES  

TURNED HATE INTO LOVE THROUGH SPORTS AND THE MUSICAL BREEZE


RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT DETROIT'S MUSICAL ACTS CHANGED  AND UNITED THE NATION   

WHERE COLOR FADED AND PEOPLE WOULD  SAY JUDGE ONLY BY CHARACTER AND HEART

THAT RACE IS A RUN AND HUMANITY IS ONE, AND SHADES ARE NOT DIVISIONS TO PART