Civil rights pioneer James Forman dies
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2005
By: Associated Press


WASHINGTON - James Forman, a civil rights pioneer credited with organizing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, has died of colon cancer, his son said Tuesday. He was 76.

Forman died at 11:20 p.m. Monday at a hospice in Washington, where he has lived for several years. Forman's son, Chaka Esmond Fanon Forman, said his father had been fighting cancer since 1991 and was surrounded by friends and family members when he died.

"He went very peacefully, just stopped breathing," Forman said in an interview with The Associated Press. "He was in no pain and no suffering."

A native of Chicago who grew up in Mississippi, Forman participated in the "Freedom Rides" in which supporters traveled across the South to bring attention to black struggle for equal treatment with whites, sometimes staging sit-ins and other acts of civil disobedience.

In the mid-1960s, Forman used his post as executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to strengthen the resolve of civil rights protesters and seek slavery reparations for blacks.

Dorie Ladner, a longtime friend and neighbor for several years in Washington, said Forman left his mark on the civil rights movement.

"He was very intelligent, a learned man with zeal for justice and equality," Ladner said. "He was fearless."
 
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I still get the pulsing in my throat when I remember what James Forman did. Stokely Carmichael, Julian Bond, James Farmer enen earlier), Congressman John (whatshisname from Georgia).

They were the youth, the flower, of African America deliberately putting themselves in harm's way.

There has to be a way we don't forget these people.

I just remembered the D. C. Delegate to Congress. Her name is escaping me. She was in the middle of all that crap. She was barely out of her teens.

We have to remember.

PEACE

Jim Chester
JWC,

I must admit, I most posted this article because I had/have no idea who this person is ... but I'm sure he had to be important and imperative to our struggle.

I wish I did know more of his involvement and accomplishments. This story will make me look him up. I wish I knew more of the names of more of the people to whom I owe a great deal. I envy your memories. Smile
EbonyRose:

We are about to observe another birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most of our children know about the man, but know little or nothing about the circumstance. Most of them have heard the stories.

They don't know the fear; the terror.

Our children hear talk about 'acts of terror.' It's a terror that comes from a 'different' people in a 'far away' place.

Our children are not taught about the terror that is as real in their own country as the terror they are taught to fear from 'over there.'

This isn't 'boogie man stuff.'

We need to use this observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday to remember that the fight is long from over.

The Jim Crow MLK fought in the 1950s still lurks on the law books of today.

That power in the law authorizing the application of Jim Crow is still there.

The violence is always there. It becomes active when we resist.

We will resist.

And the violence will come again.

I hope we are up to the task as they were.

PEACE

Jim Chester
You know, JWC,

We spend such long hours, days, months, years, trying to fight "the man" at his own game, with his own rules and laws, and by his own rules of the game.

And yes, there are successess. One happened just yesterday as evidenced by the recent Supreme Court ruling about judges and their sentencing guidelines.

But, as long as that is the only way in which we fight for what is rightfully ours and what we have earned and what we have deserved ... we will be on that road to equality forever ... for it will never end. They will always add new mileage to it and we will never be able to drive to where it ends.

It is my belief that ALL of our focus should not be on trying to make the Establishment do what is right by us ... for one, it'll never happen. But for two, it causes us to waste precious time. But instead, we can do what we can playing their game against them ... but should also be making our own game, our own rules, our own successess, our own gains, taking care of our own children, our own poor, our own week ... politically, socially, educationally, medically, and every other "ly" ... if we really want to establish for ourselves a place where we are highly regarded and respected and successful.

Smile
It is my belief that ALL of our focus should not be on trying to make the Establishment do what is right by us ... by EbonyRose.

You know, to me this phenomena is one of the biggest wastes of our energy and evidences our collective insecurity ... Our belief that we have not accomplished or arrived until the other man tells (recognizes) us.

Once we get past that we will be making our own game, our own rules, our own successess, our own gains, taking care of our own children, our own poor, our own week ... politically, socially, educationally, medically, and every other "ly" And our regard, respect will come from a high place, ourselves.
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
_It is my belief that ALL of our focus should not be on trying to make the Establishment do what is right by us ..._ by EbonyRose.

You know, to me this phenomena is one of the biggest wastes of our energy and evidences our collective insecurity ... Our belief that we have not accomplished or arrived until the other man tells (recognizes) us.

Once we get past that we will _be making our own game, our own rules, our own successess, our own gains, taking care of our own children, our own poor, our own week ... politically, socially, educationally, medically, and every other "ly"_ And our regard, respect will come from a high place, ourselves.


ER & Kweli 4 REal...

upfro rasta thumbsup

And Janes T...You are right...we need to know the past and what this revolutionaries did for us...otherwise...we don't know what "we" are really capable of...

Great post and thread everyone! Big Grin
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
You know, JWC,

We spend such long hours, days, months, years, trying to fight "the man" at his own game, with his own rules and laws, and by his own rules of the game.

And yes, there are successess. One happened just yesterday as evidenced by the recent Supreme Court ruling about judges and their sentencing guidelines.

But, as long as that is the only way in which we fight for what is rightfully ours and what we have earned and what we have deserved ... we will be on that road to equality forever ... for it will never end. They will always add new mileage to it and we will never be able to drive to where it ends.

It is my belief that ALL of our focus should not be on trying to make the Establishment do what is right by us ... for one, it'll never happen. But for two, it causes us to waste precious time. But instead, we can do what we can playing their game against them ... but should also be making our own game, our own rules, our own successess, our own gains, taking care of our own children, our own poor, our own week ... politically, socially, educationally, medically, and every other "ly" ... if we really want to establish for ourselves a place where we are highly regarded and respected and successful.

Smile


Every now and then, I 'worry' abut you in your search. Then you post something like this. You are STILL my hero.

MBM, this should be bannered for the website.

If there is a new day for the fight for freedom, it will be contained inside this framework.


My offering is ancestral nationality for African America.

We are Americans who are African American.

PEACE

Jim Chester

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