And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 12:3

 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Genesis 27:29

 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Numbers 24:9





When I was in elementary school I learned about Fort Knox.  My teacher explained that this was the place where our country stored the wealth or gold that we had as a nation. She pointed out that behind each dollar was an equal amount of gold at Fort Knox.  This made our money the medium of exchange for the world. Wealth helped to protect our form of government a democracy.  This is what I termed the’ Fort Knox effect.’

When the God of the Jews brought them out of Egyptian slavery He implemented the ‘Fort Knox effect.’  To a bunch of slaves He provided good health, wealth, supernatural justice, and protection.  He gave them order for their lives and a positive future, which also included eternity. He also promised them their own land. Other nations around heard of their Egyptian emancipation and responded in awe and fear. Forty years later this response was still the same.

African American emancipation leaves a whole lot to be desired.  Basically, promises were made such as forty acres and a mule or giving out parcels of land etc. Again it should be noted that President Lincoln wanted to round-up all black people and ship them to the island of Grenada to start their own nation. It seemed as though the entire American Civil War was blamed on the African American community.  Many believed if it were not for our presence here in this country, many problems the nation was dealing with would not exist. This is still the nation’s attitude today.  The questions still remain: How can we as Africans Americans realize the ‘Fort Knox effect’ that we have made available to so many including the Jewish nation via our American enslavement.

When I look at the overall condition of our community much of our problems can be solved the same way the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob helped them.  The health of our people is substandard.  Unemployment, education, and black businesses are not what they should be in order to sustain our families.  We are in need of wholesome wealth.  Seventy percent of our households are headed by single parents.  This in and of itself makes supernatural protection internally and externally a must, as well as a system of order. When confronted with the justice system a double standard dominates and is quite expensive.  As a community we seem to lack hope.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob kept the promises He made. He also promised to bless all who were a blessing to Abraham and his posterity. It is my personal belief that this is our ‘Fort Knox effect.’

Your comments are always welcome.


Lucy Payne



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If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

St. John chapter 8:36

When you compare our emancipation with the Jewish day of freedom it really makes you wonder.  They have been celebrating their day of freedom for thousands of years since its inception.  We, on the other hand as far as I can tell do not celebrate our so-called emancipation or day of freedom from our enslavement of 400 years. In Texas they celebrate what is called Juneteenth because they received the notice of the Emancipation of slavery two years later. But basically from what I see we do not celebrate our so called freedom from slavery.

 The overall reason for the American Civil War was to keep the country together at all cost.  According to President Lincoln the southern states did not have the right to break up the nation.  He wanted to save this union by any means necessary.  With or without slavery the union must be preserved. Up to this point the slavery issue had been used as a political power struggle.  When a state wanted to become a part of the nation the question of slavery or non-slavery would surface.  How could the balance of power be equally maintained politically?

 President Lincoln decided to use the Emancipation as a political threat to the states that pulled out of the union. In 1862 the President first issued the Emancipation stating if those states in question had not returned to the union by January 1, 1863 the slaves would be free. In other words slaves were free in the confederate states where Lincoln had no power.  To remove it as a political tool the Emancipation became law for the entire nation at the end of the Civil War.

 It should be noted that just before the end of the war President Lincoln called for a meeting with various members of the black community such as lawyers, clergy and black business men to discuss the future of the slaves in this country.  His plan was to round up all the black people and take them to the island of Grenada where they would have a place to live. His reasoning was that blacks would never be accepted as equals with the dominate white race in America.  The black people who attended the meeting vehemently opposed this as a solution stating that many of them wanted to share in the wealth in this country they made possible.  Some stated many were here before the dominant race, their ancestors going back generations. Still others stated they fought for the freedom of this country from British tyranny. They had just as much rights to this country as anyone.  They concluded that they could take care of themselves if they were not enslaved and bound by unjust subservient dehumanizing laws.


 The thirteenth amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.  But through the following statement a loophole was created whereby slavery could be practiced through the justice system.  This clause reads “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”  The propagation of slavery would continue via the justice system.  This is why our prisons both north and south our overflowing with African Americans.

 The fourteenth amendment of July 9, 1868 gave equal citizenship, rights, and protection by the laws of this country.

 Finally the fifteenth amendment prohibited federal and state government from denying voting rights based on race color or previous conditions of servitude.

 However, in each case state government found a way to circumvent these amendments.

NO, the African American community does not celebrate their so-called day of freedom like Jewish people commemorate theirs.  When you examine what we have been going through continually, the question is still, “When did it happen? When were we made free indeed?


 The quotes and amendment definitions were obtained via Google–Wikipedia

Cornell University-Law-Amendment, Library of Congress (gov.)


 Your comments are welcome

Lucy Payne




And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:  Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Nehemiah 1:5-9

 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;  Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:27-29

 This month the nation of Israel is celebrating its 69th year of nationalism or should I say re-nationalism if there is such a term. After over 2,000 years in exile the Jews in May of 1948 became a nation again as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob promised He would do. Jews from the entire world are finally going back to the land they said their God gave them by helping them defeat the former inhabitants or the Canaanite or Amorite tribes who are descendants of Noah’s son Ham.

While they were seeking nationalism they had the backing of the United States. They have continually relied on this country for support in various areas in their attempt to remain a nation. America has been there for Israel. President Truman openly congratulated the nation on the day of its rebirth; thus causing other nations to respond positively to them.

The other countries surrounding the new nation vehemently opposed them and have been at war with them since its inception. In spite of all of this, the Nation of Israel has been helped by this country from its rebirth to the present.

Recently, former President Obama had been a great help to Israel by helping to build the IRON DOME SYSTEM giving the Jews greater protection against missile attacks from surrounding nations and terrorist groups who are opposed to them.

As I have stated before, this country could not have helped the Jews if it were not for the African Americans who built this country’s foundations via enslavement. We made freedoms available to them; freedoms that are still not available to us because of racial hatred. God has promised to bless all who are a blessing to Abraham and his posterity. No one, in my opinion, can measure up to the sacrifice made by the African American community who has blessed Israel and also the world.


Your comments are welcome.


Lucy Payne


The primary factor of any undertaking is labor. You can have as many ideas as you would like but there must be someone to make it a physical reality.  Mr. Webster defines labor as: “The physical and mental activity that provides or produces the goods and services in an economy.”  This one expense can either make or break an undertaking.

Still I rise


 My grandfather on my mother’s side was born hearing and speech impaired.  He also had a brother who was born the same way.  His mother was born a few years after the Emancipation. When I was a child I loved to see him tell us how he saw Walter Reuther getting the auto workers together to form a powerful union to bargain for better working conditions and other benefits. The way he would sign the words out to us as his grandchildren, left a lasting impression on me.  He talked about the many skirmishes he personally witnessed during this time.  Men fighting for their rights that they felt were due them from the auto companies.  The look on his face gave one the impression that he was reliving this in his mind.  To him the laborer was worth his hire. The auto companies, no doubt, felt this was taking more of their profits and did not like the idea of labor unions.


My Grandfather – James Shephard 1895 – 1975

I know we all have heard about companies using sweat shops as a better means for labor.  We are also familiar with the term ‘outsourcing’ or sending American jobs overseas for cheaper labor so as to realize larger profits. Enslavement made practices such as these unnecessary.  Slaves were property. They were owned by their masters.  They could breed and have children who would also become slaves.  This was considered the best form of labor.  You owed them nothing.

 After the Emancipation of slavery there was a move to keep the slaves servitude—share cropping, that evil and underhanded way of keeping the slaves subservient; and also the use of Jim Crow laws relegating them to second class citizens.  This nation could not have evolved without the skilled and unskilled labor of the black slave.

 Your comments are welcome.

 Lucy Payne


Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” Deuteronomy 25:4

 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is      worthy of his hire…” Luke 10:7