M to the M: Happy Birthday, Ancestor Malcolm X: Omaha’s Malcolm to Monty

Monty also appeared in various roles in the 1992 Malcolm X movie co-produced by his college buddy, Spike Lee and others.

May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in my hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. In some ways, man who joined the ancestors, Malcolm X, passed a torch of truth, civility, courage, creativity and leadership to “homeboy” Monty Ross, award-winning and yet, unsung filmmaker.

Hands-down the best commercial movie depicting the life of Malcolm was co-produced by Monty during his years as an executive with New York-based Forty Acres and a Mule, founded by Spike Lee.

Monty and I grew up in the same Nebraska city and graduated from the same Georgia college. We remain close friends today.

In honor of Malcolm’s birthday, learn more about Monty who is an unsung hero, wise man and superior creative producer, editor, director, teacher in the filmmaking business. Below is a piece in 1988 that I wrote for our hometown magazine.

Happy birthday, Ancestor Malcolm. Happy birthday to my twin children, John and Jocelyn Kimbrough, and to my cousins, Lori Owen and Lisa Lewis. May 19 is a big day in our lives.

“Malcolm X” — the movie was co-produced by Filmmaker Monty Ross, born in same hometown as Malcolm X.
It was my honor to write this article about Monty Ross, my college classmate, hometown buddy and unsung hero. #Omaha

More about Malcolm X, including celebrations in Omaha and other parts:




Family ancestry research is a spiritual journey

My Uncle U.S. Veteran James “Jamie” Wilks, right, and an unknown relative or friend in undated photograph

Saturday, May 15, 2021 I AM MY ANCESTORS        In life, there is no separation. There is no separation from the past, the present, and the future. We are the center of it all. We are the life of God that lived as our ancestors. They passed their life on to us. Who they are is encoded in our DNA, cells, soul, and physical features. We are who they are. We are one and the same. We too are here to impress our collective soul-full imprint upon the earth.        I am part of a never-ending story of the mighty miracle of this thing called Life. I am a miracle to behold. A miracle to extend to the world. I am a wisdom keeper and a revealer of what is sacred and precious about Life. Every aspect of my journey is significant. I celebrate it and let God multiply its blessings. Thank you, Power, in me, through me, as me, around me, through the Christ within. And so it is. I am reminded of your true faith, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure now in you also.2 Timothy 1:5 Daily Thoughts from the HillCopyright: Hillside International Truth Center, Inc.Bishop Dr. Jack L. Bomar – Executive BishopBishop Dr. Barbara L. King – Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader Renew/Subscribe: http://www.HillsideInternational.org Address Change/Mailing Questions/Did not receive – Contact: jjones@hillsidechapel.org 

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How do I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day when you are not in a good space? There’s a way with a little help from my friends

My other Moms — the Omaha group include (clockwise) Mrs. Patten, Mrs. McGruder and Mrs. Bryant. Mrs. Bryant just left us to join her husband and all the other great ancestors. Thank you for allowing me to stand tall and upon your shourlders. I love you-all.

I have friends and family members whose mothers have joined the ancestors. I honor them on this day.

My dear friends and family members who never gave physical birth to children are also honored by me as they “mother” so many.

Happy Mother’s Day to my family and friends who bid farewell (for now) to their spouses and children. Those memories are honored by me.

There are also special almost-Moms, Dads who are the unsung Mothers-in-the-gap, foster Moms and step Moms who I especially honor.

Finally, I have family and friends who do not always receive in-person, voice-to-voice “Happy Mother’s Day” greetings from family and friends. They barely receive greeting cards from them. I honor them for rembering the reasons why they are lovingly called Mom, Mama, Mommy, Big Mama, GMa, Mimi.

How do I wish any of the aforementioned groups “Happy Mother’s Day” and have them feel loved? I still say and write the words to them.

Yet, there are some authors — my friends — who have penned beautiful words that offer hope, comfort, care, love, space for grieving and more.

Try one of Rahman’s poems, or any of Rev. Jennifer’s self-care tips, or Oprah’s and Dr. Perry’s truths about trauma.

Consider what Oprah and I often say and do: ‘Connect the dots’ on this Mother’s Day. Here’s my gentle advice:

Author Rahman Johnson is a PhD. student, college professor, journalist, businessman, model and more. I love the poems about his mother and family.https://www.rahmanjohnson.com
Jennifer Eichelberger is a wonderful soul who is a minister, musician, author, broadcast journalist and administrator. https://www.jennifereichelberger.com/
Oprah and I were working journalists at the same time in different markets. She honored my presidency of the Atlanta Assocaition of Black Journalists by being the fundraising “reason. ” We raised the highest amount money for our student scholarship. She was on her way to unseating a popular TV talk show host and begin her outstanding career. She also hired some of my former students as interns.https://www.amazon.com/What-Happened-You-Understanding-Resilience/dp/1250223180

Juneteenth is coming! Check out this listing of two great activities

PORTSMOUTH — The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will commemorate Juneteenth 2021 on June 17, 18 and 19 with the theme “Found Lineage: Celebrating African American Roots and Branches.” The current debate around race is coinciding with a technological phenomenon: the extraordinary growth of DNA testing, along with the meaning of these results on concepts of lineage and race. The ease of access to this scientific testing has led people on a journey to delve deeper into their roots and to fill out the branches of their family tree.

While the research has brought some remarkable stories of reconciliation to the public, the data collected through our genes has demonstrated the brutality of America’s history.  A recent study shows that, while the majority of enslaved people brought to the Americas were male, enslaved women had a disproportionate impact on the gene pool of their descendants. There is much evidence of the systematic rape and sexual exploitation of enslaved Black women.https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/2021/05/04/black-heritage-trail-new-hampshire-announces-juneteenth-events/4927699001/

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Juneteenth celebration's theme will be "Found Lineage: Celebrating African American Roots & Branches."

With a focus on African American genealogy and research, this year’s Juneteenth celebration offers a series of programs that examine the connection between the emerging knowledge of our DNA and the historical events in the Black community.  

Juneteenth is the oldest known nationally celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that, as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, it was not until June 19, 1865, two years later, when the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island in Texas and began a war against defenders of slavery, that the enslaved people in Galveston could begin their journey toward freedom.

Eastern Bank, ReVision Energy, People’s Bank, the University of New Hampshire, The Music Hall, McLane Middleton and Centrus Digital are generous sponsors for this year’s celebration.

The Juneteenth schedule of events includes a virtual workshop “Finding Our Roots: Researching Black History and Genealogy on Thursday, June 17; a live concert “Feeling Good: N’Kenge Celebrates African American Sopranos” at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Friday, June 18; a free virtual panel discussion, “In Art of the Story: Exploring How SNA Powers a Changing Narrative on Saturday, June 19 ay 10 a.m. following by a livestreamed performance “Dance of the Ancestors: Ritual, Chants, Drumming and Movement” from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground at 3 p.m.


We Encourage All Attendees to Wear a Mask and Maintain Social Distancing per CDC Guidelines!

This is an Outdoor and Indoor Celebration.

The Tri-State Expo and  Dothan Civic Center Have Taken Extraordinary Precaution to Ensure Public Safety.Special Junteenth Hotel Rate

What is Juneteenth…

Two years after Abraham Lincoln declared the end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation  (January 1,1863) African Americans in Texas were still in slavery. It was not until June 19,1865, that African Americans in Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished …they began to celebrate with prayer, song, dance, and feasting.

General Admission balcony seats are on sale now $25! 

Floor seats are on sale now  $35! 

Purchasing a ticket will give you access in and out the Dothan Civic Center all day during the Juneteenth Celebration. You will sample cuisines from three amazing chefs from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. As well as access balcony or floor seats to enjoy the stage Play, “From His Prison Bed to Yours” at 6:00PM

Come and ENJOY!

OutDoor Celebration

All Outdoor Events Are Free to the General Public!


Parade on Main Street in Dothan, AL

To Participate in Dothan’s Historic

 Juneteenth Parade

Register Here

Marching band drummers perform in school

Other Free Outdoor Events

Outdoor vendors

Kids Zone 

Live Music

Live Dance Performance and much more


juneteenth outdoor fashion show

Fall/winter collection at

poplar head park


General Admission balcony seats are on sale now $25! 

Floor seats are on sale now  $35! 

Purchasing a ticket will give you access in and out the Dothan Civic Center all day during the Juneteenth Celebration. You will sample cuisines from three amazing chefs from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. As well as access balcony or floor seats to enjoy the stage Play, “From His Prison Bed to Yours” at 6:00PM

Come and ENJOY!

Historical, captivating pictures from HBCU life

In honor of the numerous Spring 2021 commencements where thousands of HBCU students were honored with bachelor’s to doctorate to JD degrees, here’s a look back via the National Archives wonderful collection.

Here are just a few of the captures:

From Atlanta University …
From Tuskegee University …
From Dillard University …
From Talladega College …

Pt. 2 Honoring HBCU college graduates

You are special. Black college graduates are especially important during times of pandemics and in the post-pandemic era.

There is a major push to help prepare our students of today for employment and careers of “tomorrow.” Tomorrow has arrived. Are we ready? Let’s ensure our legacy and that we are able to capture experiences for generations to come. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2021/04/22/498408/preparing-students-color-future-workforce/.

The following pictorial are of HBCU grads who are advancing in their career fields. If you can identify them (or if it is you), connect and tag the person and HBCU.

Hint: This Orlando native is living on the west coast. Living and working in his best life!
Hint: The glorious lady in the green gown made her heavenly transition last year. She is my Soror and the lady she is helping has also moved on to become our ancestor. Her name is Maya Angelou. Now name the tall lady and her undergraduate university.
Hint: She is a lady claimed now with our ancestors. She attended my sister institution in the Atlanta University Center, and remains my Soror-in the chapter beyond.
Hint: She is an actor, director and producer. Last year, she married a fabulous man.
Hint: He was a metro Atlanta All-Star football standout. He played football at a university and is now a proud grad with a great job ahead of him.
Hint: He is the pastor of a large and productive Atlanta-based church that regularly features a celebrity minister who …”Save My Life” shows are popular.
Hint: A superb photographer who is a member of the Divine Nine. Florida native.
Hint: These ladies are graduates of the same Florida university. Both love broadcast journalism.
Hint: We both were layered up for the “hawk” in the Windy City, yet we were classmates in a much warmer climate.
Hint: He is a TV reporter in a large market. He was once-upon-a-time, an anchor for his alma mater’s TV station and started his work in the same small market as big-time sports broadcaster Pam Oliver.
Hint: The president of this Nebraska Alpha Eta Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was “made” at my alma mater.
Hint: My “brother” in the chapter beyond is in the center of this great photo with his Morris Brown College chapter brothers
Hint: Which schools did my nephews graduate from … the schools are not making up the backdrop of this photo
Hint: Hardest one perhaps. I was the advisor to the later group of these young ladies while I was dean of a certain Southern university’s School.

Enjoy and interact!

Honoring 2021 HBCU college graduates — Pre- and during Coronovirus Pandemic

Florida Sen. Bobby Powell (D-30) Minority Leader Pro Tempore, a Florida A&M University alumni acknowledging his fellow Rattlers at a pre-COVID-19 pandemic Homecoming event. He was his alma mater’s 2021 MLK Day Convocation speaker.


Our ancestor, the geat Cicely Tyson, captured the best advice for the COVID-19 HBCU college grads to continue to lean forward and press on: You can do all things granted by the great Spirit.


Black folk are attaining college bachelor’s degrees at an increasing rate, according to Pew researchers .


… Yet, it was just 3 – 4 generations ago, that our black, enslaved and post-slavery ancestors were not allowed to read or write. It was illegal for slaves to be literate.

Why? It was a “security” and “insurance” issue for slave holders. I hope our newest college graduates understand that their education is considered the same in the society that once endorsed slavery.

In the early 1900s, our ancestors cherished education, no matter the conditions.


Celebrate. No whining. Work smart. Move forward.

In summary, that has been my message for decades as I have had a strong hand in fully educating thousands of students, primarily African American students on five college and university campuses.

Ada Foster, mother of cousin Florida Fisher Parker (widow of Cousin Ret. Col. Herbert Parker) was a rarity as a college graduate in the early 1900s.


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Create your history. Be real and effective, Class of 2021.