Issue your proclamation, Governor Ivey. DO NOT EXECUTE ALAN EUGENE MILLER

“One reason we have the death penalty is the belief that this is the only way to deter individuals from murdering again and that it also acts as a deterrent of such crimes in the general population.

“It is true that a murderer who is executed will never kill again. It is also true, however, that life in prison without parole will protect society from such a murderer.”

Steven Williams, President, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, is also a bootleg history professor :)) tuesday, when i telephoned Steve to tell him our ADP story and get NJOF‘s support, Steve told me a story❗️

Steve: Do you know what else happened on September 22nd?

Me: No. What?

Steve: President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation

Me to mySelf: This Bro can not be crazzzee! Afterall, he just led the team that corrected a tiny part of the historical record of us enslaved African Americans…could he be THIS mistaken?! hummmm. i pondered…

Me: Well, i thought that was Jan 1st. That’s the day i grew up observing it at Old Ship AME Zion Church

Steve: No, it was September 22, 1862…

i jotted a note to google “sept 22 emancipation” and hurriedly pushed him back to this present moment.

i made another note: look up “Brenda W ? in Bham” According to Steve, there’s a Blk woman activist in Bham, who is director of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama. yesday i googled and found her. my my my

And, Steve said Brenda just bailed over 160+ women out of jail. On her own dime!

Now, u know i called Bham. And Brenda is real. a real jewel! Community Servant! Stay tuned for podcasts — when she tells her Stories! my my my

THANK YOU, STEVE. Here’s what i found when i googled “sept 22 emancipation”

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million enslaved in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration as America’s 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure.

In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln’s opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862.

On September 22, the president announced that enslaved people in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.

On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of Black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.

After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.

The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although Black people would face another century of struggle before they began to gain equal rights in the U.S.A. a century after the passage of the 13th Amendment).

Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.


wed sept 21 2022 REmbr… G is, as G can only BE. GOOD

If I didn’t define myself, I’d be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. audre lorde

amen. so BE it. laff THRU it…yes. in Time.

In Memory of Akiriyiah (Kirah) McClellan
June 22, 2006 – Feb 16, 2022