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For Mama King
By Mahmoud T Baptiste
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Subject: Mama King

In June of 1974, when Alberta Williams King, the mother of
Martin Luther King Jr.,  was murdered by a black gunman in
the Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta Ga, it inspired poet
Adesanya Alakoye to pen "For Mama King". Adesanya, a
sensitive and talented writer, was devastated by this
senseless act of violence against a grandmother in her place
of worship. He shared that poem with his friend, Theophilus
A. Baptiste, on the day he completed it.

Mr Baptiste decided to use the poem to speak about the sad fact
that few people knew or remembered how Mrs. King died. So, in
2006, he went into a studio and recorded the poem. He read the
poem to "Fools Die" by reggae star Peter Tosh and sent it to family
and friends as a gift. His intent was to keep in memory her legacy
and the tragic circumstances of her passing.

The recording received "respectful" praise, but limited airplay. When
his son, Daoud Baptiste, put a photo story to the poem and placed it
on YouTube, it developed a wider audience. Satisfied that he had
accomplished his goal of spreading that message, he put it behind
him, until he realized a series of coincidences surrounding the issue
of black on black gun violence.

When one considers that Mrs. King was killed by a black man with a
gun and Peter Tosh was also killed by black men with guns, coupled
with the fact that the poet, Adesanya Alakoye, took his own life with
a gun, the piece took on a larger meaning.

While much is made about the social inequities that black people
continue to endure as the result of the vestiges of racism and the
historical consequences of slavery, our slaughter of our selves,
through the ever escalating phenomena of black on black gun
violence, continue without the needed hue and cry from our
community. We seem to accept the fact that we kill ourselves more
than any racist policeman or kkk members as so much business as
usual.

Mama Kings murder, in church, is surely one of the glaring examples
of the insanity of our brutality against ourselves. We plan to use her
as the centerpiece for a national campaign against black on black
gun violence.

Daoud Baptiste
@dbap70
@baptiste_music
volitionsound.com
"Music is the weapon...
How it ends is up to you"
Since returning to
the Washington, D.C.
area, I was pleased
to join a group of
Muslim Elders in a
recurring luncheon.
The luncheon brings Brothers
together who have known each
other for over 40 years, but for
many reasons had not been in  
regular contact.
Beyond social contact, the lunch
provides an opportunity to
discuss, analyze and offer
appropriate approaches to the
many social problems facing us
daily. I was honored to be among
such a learned group.
After Jumah at Howard University