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MAROON ACTIVIST FIXICO SUBMITS “FORT NEGRO’ STORY TO HOLLYWOOD’S MICHEAL LEVINE

The photo above says quite a bit to me personally, it was taken in the lobby of the Los Angeles Theater Center in 2013, in downtown L.A. at  514 Spring Street. This venue is owned by the City of Los Angeles and houses The Roby theater and  The  Latino Theater Company .

On the night that this picture was taken I was standing (Lt.) with Dr. Reverend “Chip” Murray of USC. We were in front of a poster of the book by  Kevin Mulroy Ph.D, entitled : “The Seminole Freedmen”. Dr. Mulroy has been my friend and mentor for many years and he was my Smithsonian Institution’s researcher for “indiVisible”: African-American Lives in the America’s. In an embarrassment of riches , Dr. Rev. Murray and I are holding a copy of Mr. William L. Katz’s Classic book “Black Indians”: A Hidden Heritage. Bill Katz and his lovely wife Laurie have been my  dear friends for a goodly some of years and we have worked mightily to expand the world’s body of knowledge about a subject that is near and dear to us all, Black Indians and Maroons.

The occasion for the evening was the performance of Author Markus Gardley’s Play  “The Road Weeps” “The Well Runs Dry”. It was about the lives of  Black Seminoles who were about to follow John Horse to Mexico but were still living in Wewoka, I.T.. The play was directed by the “great”  Shirley Finney. After the performance Rev. Dr. Murray and I had the to opportunity to participate in a panel on Spirituality and I had the distinguish occasion to perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony”. It was truly a Night To Remember.

Rev. Dr. “Chip” Murray  was not only the Pastor of L.A.’s largest A.M.E church , but to his great credit he took his church members into the burning streets of Los Angeles to help stop the “Rodney King” Riots . Needless to say he is a “TRUE LEGEND”. He had been following my Activism for a few years now and after I submitted the recent information on the “Negro Fort” Battle and Massacre to him he advised that I prepare to submit this information to Mr. Micheal Levine ,the foremost Writer/Publicist in America.

I have done what all my mentors and advisors have asked of me, over the years including Rev. Dr. “Chip” Murray, who suggested  that I send it to someone with enough power to finally  bring this American story into the Mainstream. Mr. Micheal Levine has represented no less than 58 Academy Award Winners, 34 Grammy Award Winners and 43 New York Times Best-Sellers including Micheal Jackson and Barbara Streisand and countless others. His office has received the background information and the Press Release written by  Author Wm. L. Katz . The release speaks to the upcoming event sponsored by the U.S. Forestry Services they have invited me to the British Fort National Historic Landmark Commemorative Ceremony on October 22nd on the Apalachicola River in Florida on the site of the “Negro Fort”.

It is being organized by Rhonda Kimbrough Heritage Program Manager and her Supervisor Staff Officer Ms. Erica Davis both are Senior Officials of the U.S. Forestry Service the Government Agency that manages the location.They also invited me to participate in the planning and to attend the event and perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony”.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Pompey Fixico, President of the Semiroon Historical Society and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Levine_%28publicist%29

Cecil L. Murray

https://www.pomona.edu/news/2013/03/14-library-dean-kevin-mulroy

 

 

 

 

DICK GREGORY,DR. JULIUS GARVEY, DR. CLAUD ANDERSON AND “FORT NEGRO”ON CARL NELSON’S NATIONAL WOLDC RADIO SHOW

Greetings to all,

I have had a very eventful Talk Show presence, this week on Catherine Hughes WOLDC Radio Station. It’s where “INFORMATION IS POWER”. Today is Wednesday August 17th and I have already spoken to three World Class Icons.

I started off on calling in to Award Winning Host Mr. Carl Nelson’s show on Monday.  I had the incredible opportunity to speak with Marcus Garvey Jr.’s son Dr. Julius Garvey he of course was asked many questions about his history making father. Dr. Julius Garvey not only took the listening audience down memory lane about his Dad, he also informed us that there was a movement to request that President Barack Obama exonerate him posthumously. I asked  Dr. Julius Garvey if he would indeed be attending the Republic of Suriname’s 2016 National Maroon Day Celebration, he informed me that negotiations were still in progress about the trip . He also mentioned that he would love to visit the Freedom Fighter Descendants of Suriname.

In an embarrassment of riches, on Tuesday , I spoke with the POWERNOMICS CREATOR Dr. Claud Anderson. Again on Mr. Carl Nelson’s “BIG SHOW”. The adoring public was anxious to hear about Dr. Anderson’s fabulously successful techniques for African-American financial empowerment. He is a true GENIUS. When I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Anderson I mentioned to him that some years ago, that I had given a letter to my Congresswoman Maxine Waters to be submitted to the White House. My letter nominated Dr. Claud Anderson to be appointed the “Commissioner of the (to be created) Bureau of Black Indian Affairs. I then asked Dr. Anderson if he would educate the audience about “Fort Negro”. He then for the next 15 minutes went into an oral treatise about the history and implications of the U.S. 1866 Indian Territory Treaty . I was proud of the fact that my g-grandfather Oklahoma Seminole Maroon Band Leader Caesar Bruner helped Interpret the 1865 Fort Smith Truce, that formed the basis of the 1866 treaty that was signed in Washington, DC.

Finally ,today’s guest on the WOLDC  “WHERE INFORMATION IS POWER” show the guest was the universally known “DICK GREGORY”. Father Gregory expounded mightily on every subject he spoke on . I was extremely lucky to get to speak with Father Gregory, here is what I said:

” Father Gregory I am American Maroon Descendant who has been invited by the United States Forestry Service to give a “Peace” Ceremony at the Bicentennial of the Massacre of the 300 victims of fort Negro. Father Gregory will you or your represntative, please attend or publicaly  recognize the event? The show was in it’s last few minutes with other callers on hold. Mr. Gregory stated that he would not be able to attend”. Call ends.

One other , important telephone event that I took part in this week was ,,”The British Fort National Historic Landmark Commemorative Event Planning Meeting”. It took place August 16th, 2016 at the Apalachicola District Office, Bristol, Florida.

I called in and was welcomed and made to feel free to add my input, I’d like to thank , Ms.Rhonda Kimbrough, Heritage Program Manager and Staff Officer Ms.Erica Davis the organizers of this historic and sensitive event for including me in the inaugural commemoration. I will be performing the Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the victims, the Descendants, the U.S. Agencies , all participants and attendees.

Honor and Respect                                                                                           Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Negro Fort Era Descendant

http://search.aol.com/aol/video?q=fort+negro&s_it=video-ans&sfVid=true&videoId=45C0372B51A2DD9EAEAB45C0372B51A2DD9EAEAB&v_t=webmail-hawaii1-basicaol

https://www.geni.com/projects/Fort-Negro/30236                                 http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort

The photo above was taken by UCLA GRAD Student Jeremy Peretz in Suriname’s Rain Forest on the Tapanahony River, Oct. 10th 2015.      Photo: Phil Da Pompey Fixico , North American Maroon Representative 2015

 

 

 

 

CARL NELSON WOLDC RADIO, DR. JULIUS GARVEY AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah,

Thank God for Legendary Radio Show Host Mr. Carl Nelson and WOLDC  Station “Where Information is Power” owner Ms. Catherine Hughes. They along with the hosts, guests and callers from the community make their Talk Show Format the lifeblood of the African-American National  dialogue. It is a panel where all can participate in and with the amazing journalistic and radio hosts skills of Brother Carl Nelson, everybody that calls in becomes a part of an incredible THINK TANK.

Just prior to calling in , I had an extended conversation with Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough Heritage Program Manager and Staff Officer Erica Davis, for the U.S. Forestry Service. I was proud to announce the fact  last Friday August 12th, 2016 to the nation,  about the upcoming British Post/Negro Fort Commemoration recognizing the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Battle and Massacre that occurred there. I asked that everyone in the listening audience research the British Post/Negro Fort Massacre. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Greetings Brother Carl Nelson and Dr. Julius Garvey. It is a great honor to speak to the son and living embodiment of the great Marcus Garvey Jr.. I recently was communicating with Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon of the Republic of Suriname. I was told that she and the Maroon Women of the Caribbean, hoped to have you come to Suriname as the Special Guest for this years National Maroon Day. I had that honor , last year and it was a life changing event.

Will you be going as this years Guest of Honor ? I am in favor of the exoneration of Marcus Garvey Jr.. Symbolically, I think that it would be very powerful. Especially if his exoneration was followed by a series of NOT GUILTY celebrations across the Western Hemisphere.” Call ends.

https://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre                                     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort                            http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort

The photo above was taken by UCLA Grad Student Jeremy Peretz on Diitabiki Island in the Suriname Rain Forest on October 10th 2015, within the “Kintie” the Royal Parliamentary chambers of the Okanisi/Ndyuka Maroons. Photo: (Lt) North American Maroon Representative Phil Da Pompey Fixico,  Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon, The Paramount Chief and Gauman  Bono de Velantie and Dr.Cynthia Alendy ,President of the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Da Pompey Fixico                                                                                   P.S. I have been informed by the U.S. Forestry Service that I will  be performing the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” in tribute to the victims of the  British Post/Fort Negro victims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

u.s. FORESTRY SERVICE’S HERITAGE PROGRAM, RHONDA KIMBROUGH, BRITISH POST/”FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

July 27th, 2016 marked the Bicenntenial Anniversary of the 1816 Massacre at British Post on the Apalachicola River in Florida. Today, it is officially designated as a U.S. Historical Landmark better known as “Fort Negro”. The U.S. Forestry Service Heritage Program Manager Rhonda Kimbrough, would never refer to the site as “Fort Negro”. For her in her position, to say this would be extremely pejorative. Why recently President Obama has even signed a Bill that restricts the word “Negro” from being used in any federal contracts.

The word “Negro” in 2016 would not be a welcomed title for most African-Americans. However , for me as a Seminole Maroon Descendant whose Ancestors fought to survive during the year 1816,
the same year, that Fort Negro was attacked by U.S. Troops and their Indian allies, the word is quite appropriate. Fort Negro
was called and known by many other names in it’s history prior to it’s destruction. So why am I so fixated on still calling it the Negro Fort ? If we forget history, we risk repeating it. After all, the military order that came down from the White House and Headquarters ,said :”Destroy the Negro Fort and return the stolen Negros and property to their rightful owners”.

Well the inhabitants, certainly didn’t want to be called stolen Negros and neither did they want to be returned or destroyed. Yet they were called ,they were returned and they were destroyed. Why? Because the Dominant Culture believed that Free Armed Blacks even within the sanctuary of a foreign country’s sovereign borders were worthy of the ultimate punishment. Let us say that President James Madison and General Andrew Jackson, both Slave owners followed their beliefs. We have made much progress in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA since those dark and sinister days. To prove my point, the U.S. Forestry Service the guardians of the historic site upon which the British Post (Fort Negro) once stood represents a government that doesn’t want to destroy or return Negros anywhere.
Today,s U.S, Government is now led by an African-American whose family dwells not within the walls of an embattled fortress but rests comfortable inside the White House. From the top to the bottom a majority of Americans don’t want to insult today’s African-Americans by calling them “NEGROS”.

Finally, on October 22nd 2016, not only will the U.S. Forestry service have a commemorative ceremony of respect to the tragic victims of the Negro Fort, their Heritage Program Manager, an Archaeologist, Rhonda Kimbrough has sought me out and given me permission to participate in the ceremony and to say a few words for the over 200 men women and children “MAROONS”
who gave their full measure in search of Freedom Justice and Equality.

“Through Warm Tears of Gratitude”
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, REV. JESSE JACKSON, “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH

This morning July 24th 2016, I was blessed to be able to be heard on REVEREND JESSE JACKSON’S “KEEP HOPE ALIVE” Sunday Morning National Radio Show, heard on Clear Channel WBON 1150 AM.
The topic was “What do you want to hear from the Democratic Convention? Reverend Jesse Jackson was preaching in Church this morning and the show was hosted by his daughter Santita Jackson.
Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call and comment:

” Good Morning, this July 27th during the Democratic Convention marks the bicenntenial of the Fort Negro Massacre. Fort Negro was an illegal U.S. police action, done at a time when “Black Lives Didn’t Matter”. We have made tremendous progress in America, President Barack Obama’s presidency attests to that. However, it should be brought up at the National Democratic Convention that Fort negro was a tragic taxpayer sponsored “Slave hunting expedition by U.S. military forces who were ordered to illegally violate Spanish Florida’s Territorial Sovereignty with a disastrous lost of innocent life. the victims were mostly African-American Maroons ,200 of them were women and children.

It’s important who becomes president. In 1816 the White House
ordered the military to “Destroy the fort and return the stolen negros and property to their rightful owners” . Call ends.
Below are a few links that bear witness to Fort Negro:

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

https://refixico.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/fort-negro-massacre-vs-custers-last-stand/

Phil Wilkes Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

WAS “FORT NEGRO” AN ILLEGAL U.S.POLICE ACTION ,DONE WHEN “BLACK LIVES” DIDN’T MATTER ?

Photo above: U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Seminole Maroon Descendant & Activist, Phil Wilkes Fixico, holding a copy of “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage, by Author William L. Katz,
it gives a good account what happened at Fort Negro.

The Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro occurred on July 27th 1816. The Bicentennial of this tragic event is only 10 days away. there has been much progress made since then and we now have an African-American President Barack Obama. Ironically, President Obama ,just this year signed a bill that bands the use of the words “Negro” and “Oriental”. Many in the country applaud his actions and say that “it’s about time”. I agree with them with one caveat and that is, when educators at secondary school level across the country teach their students about the: “Alamo” and “Custer’s Last Stand” that they include, the “Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro”.

The Korean War began in June of 1950, when President Harry Truman order the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to take action against North Korea. It has been called a “Police Action” because he never received Congressional authorization. He conducted hostilities by invoking United Nation Resolutions. The proof that it was indeed a “Police Action” was that it ended in 1953 with only a “Cease Fire” agreement. The Vietnam War began with the Tonkin Gulf Incident, on August 2nd 1964 a naval engagement occurred of the coast of North Vietnam between the U.S.Maddox a Destroyer and a squadron of North Vietnam torpedo boats. The then President Lyndon Johnson on August 7th 1964 received from congress the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that allowed he to escalate U.S. Military involvement with receiving a Declaration of War.

The Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro required that U.S. Military forces albeit dispatched by President Madison would illegally violate the territorial sovereignty of Spanish Florida. Not only was it a covert mission known only to U.S. Military forces involved it was an unauthorized U.S. tax paper sponsored Slave-Hunting expedition based on the executive order that was given, which was ; “Destroy Negro Fort and return the blacks to their rightful owners”. This order was carried out with the exception that of the approximately 330 occupants and defenders of Fort Negro 270 of them were destroy when their ammunition supply was ignited by a heated cannon ball, fired into the fort by a U.S. Gunboat. 200 of the occupants killed were Black and Black Indian/Maroon women and children. The other 70 male defenders consisted of Blacks, Seminole and Choctaw Indians.

Unfortunately, at that point in U.S. History as evidenced by the era of the Trans-Atlantic-Slave Trade,Indian Removal and Manifest Destiny, there were many lives that did not matter.Yes we have made undeniable progress, but we must never fail to remember our past ,lest we repeat it (paraphrased quote from George Santayana).

The incidents that I have mentioned are examples of International
Police Actions. Today’s headlines and news hours are full of Police actions that are powerful indictments that even though we have come along way in our country, we still have a considerable way to go. My thoughts on how do we turn back this epidemic of lethal exchanges between the Police and the Community are these:
(1)There are enough Good People in the Community and on the Police force to turn things around. (2)I was raised in Watts in the Nickerson Garden Projects, for the most part the renters were divided into two classes (A) the Poor and (B) the Predators. when a man was stabbed and bled on our porch ,we were taught to step over the blood and when a 15 year old girl was raped on the street in early evening and cried out for help we were taught to pull down the shades. When Predators own a neighborhood, it generates the need for Police presence. Therefore to reduce the need for constant Police presence we as a community must organize and help the Good Police officers to help us. During the 1960’s I was a Soldier in The War on Poverty, I worked as a NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CORP REPRESENTATIVE, in the Watts Rebellion Target Area. The program worked and had great results. What we need now is a NEIGHBORHOOD SENIORS CORP. Being paid as Block Captains whose job it is to be Liaison specialist between the Community and the Police. It would cause us to face the face the fact that many of the perpetrators are known to us and in some cases even our own family members.We also must not forget that many of our family and friends are also Police Officers. I was a Youthful Offender and Gang Member as such i was a plague on my family, my School and my community. I hit and spent a year in four different Juvenile Institutions before I was 15 years olds . However, my life was saved by Professional Counselors of all races who can to my life like it was a “House on fire”. We must have hope and realize that are enough Good People in both the Community and the Police Force to solve these conditions. Below are links to articles about “Fort Negro”.

Honor and Respect, Phil Wilkes Fixico ,Seminole Maroon Descendant

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre
https://refixico.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/fort-negro-massacre-vs-custers-last-stand/

LEVAR BURTON OF “ROOTS”, STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”,SURINAME MAROONS AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah !

It’s Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 in hot and sunny California. This morning on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Southern California Radio 102.3 FM KJLH “Frontpage” Talk Show, the able and dynamic host is Mr. Avi Bernard. Ms Dominic DiPrima is traveling back home from an incredible African excursion ,with “Frontpage” family members to the fabled country of Ghana. Below is a transcript of my call-into the show:

“Good Morning, Brother Avi, “Frontpage” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. As usual, I always introduce myself as a Seminole Maroon Descendant who has been documented by the Smithsonian Institution, my African Ancestors were forced to become Africa-Americans and today some of us live in the White House.

I have something in common with Mr. Levar Burton the producer of “Roots”. In 2011 he was brought to Suriname, South America, the home of 120,000 Maroons, many of them are Descendants of the Akan Kromanti of Ghana, where Dominic DiPrima just visited. They won their Rain Forest home from European colonizers by war and treaty 255 years ago.

In 2015 the Maroon Women of the Caribbean (MWCoC), brought me there also, as the “NORTH AMERICAN MAROON REPRESENTATIVE” to Suriname’s National Maroon day Celebration. Mr. Burton knows who the Maroons of the America’s are. They were (like the Maroons of Suriname)the “Freedom Fighters of: Fort Mose, Fort Negro, the Seminole Maroons, John Horse and the Mascogos. Do we have to wait another 2 generations before Hollywood mentions their names” (call ends).

Concerning “Roots” the mini-series remake, my college professors at UCLA (extension school)taught us that the highest level of Artistic Achievement is Innovation, not a new and improved remake. A remake should be judged by a higher standard because it is using a “formula”. I would have preferred to have seen a “Beyond Roots” version that brought in other historical battles where formerly enslaved combatants fought under the banner of “GIVE ME LIBERTY” or “GIVE ME DEATH”. The precedents are there. The Maroons of Fort Negro should have been considered. Fort Pillow was important but it has the ring of “playing safe” by the Producers, since Black combatants are reported to have begged white soldiers for their lives and the high level after-action opinion by Confederate Generals was that it proved that Black soldiers were not equal to White soldiers.

As a member of the Alumni of Inner City Cultural Center, I shouldn’t break ranks with greats like Mr. Levar Burton,Mr. Laurence Fishburne and Mr. Forest Whitaker, while I did study at ICCC long enough to be considered an Alumnus, I’m not an Actor…I’m an ACTIVIST and I must as Frederick Douglas said …AGITATE.

On another note, I personally feel that we should work to identify African-American Descendants in the Diaspora by looking deeper into African embarkation and New World debarkation locations.

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Private-Sector-Partner of the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act, President of the Semiroon Historical Society and 2015 North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s National Maroon Day Celebration.

“MAMA AMERICA”,”GRANDMA AFRICA” STEVIE WONDER’S FRONTPAGE AND FIXICO

The photo above was taken in Diitabiki Suriname, South America, at the parliament house of the Okanisi/Ndjuka Maroons. It is located on land that the Maroons won by war and treaty 255 years ago. I was brought there by the Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation, of Jamaica,Trinidad/Tobago and Suriname, as the “North American Maroon Representative” to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day. Photo, (Lt.) Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico, (2nd from Lt. Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand Galon,(2nd from Rt.) is the Grand Gaaman and Paramount Chief Bono de Velantie (on far rt. ) Dr. Cynthia Alendy current president of the MWCoC.

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It’s June 22nd 2016 in sunny California. Mr. Stevie Wonder’s number one Southern California Morning talk “Frontpage” heard on KJLH 102.3 FM is broadcasting from Ghana Africa. The Award Winning host Ms. Dominic DiPrima is “On the Mike” and as usual is doing a fantastic job. I am becoming a regular caller (LOL). Below is an edited and paraphrased transcript of my call into the show:

“Good morning Dominic and Frontpage Family. Congratulations on
your trip. I have a poem and a comment.
“MAMA AMERICA”…AFRICA IS GRANDMA NOW…WE NEED YOUR MILK OF UNDERSTANDING…WHILE WE LEARN TO UNDERSTAND OUR FORMER AFRICAN SELVES…WE NEED YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE…AND THE MERCY OF YOUR MATERNAL INSTINCT…LET US SHOUT WITH JOY AS WE PASS THROUGH YOUR GATES…AND KISS THE GROUND, WHERE YOU GAVE US BIRTH AND BREATH.

“MAMA AMERICA”…MAMA AMERICA”…SHOW US YOUR FREEDOM MOUNTAIN…HELP US CLIMB THE STAIRS…GUIDE US ALONG THE LIGHTED PATH…THAT LEADS TO OUR TRANSCENDANCE…MOTHER…WE WILL BE GOOD CHILDREN…PROUD SONS AND DAUGTHERS…THEN LET US REST AND GROW…CLOSE UPON YOUR BREASTS. (Poem ends and comment begins)

My poem was written with agendas, I’m a Tri-Racial African-Native American. When I look at African- American’s economic stagnation in comparison to some immigrant groups, including Africans, they seem to hit the ground running. While because of how we came here ,we haven’t quite experienced our “Emotional Coming to America” like many immigrants.

There are 950 million people in the Americas. When the Old Atlantic World discovered the “NEW WORLD” it was already populated. In it’s early stages it would become as Thomas Jefferson described : “Red,White and Black”.Now it is a plethora of beautiful and exciting racial,ethnic and cultural mixitures.

I say again “AFRICA IS GRANDMA NOW”.We must strive to have our “EMOTIONAL COMING TO AMERICA”, and see America as our MOTHERLAND!

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom
1998 Act and Member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry

HOLLYWOOD, “ROOTS” REMAKE, JUNETEENTH , STEVIE WONDER AND FIXICO

In the above photo, I am pictured with the great author and Cultural Nationalist Mr. Amiri Baraka. We are holding a copy of Mr. William L. Katz classic book, “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage. While some of Mr. Baraka’s earlier work was signed by Leroy Jones, he definitely morphed into Amiri Baraka and carried that name for the reminder of his life. He is the father of Dominic DiPrima who works for Mr. Stevie Wonder at his Radio Station in Inglewood, California, call sign KJLH 102.3 FM. Mr. Baraka and I are at the Leimert Book For Fair in L.A.. Today is June 17th 2016 and on the “Frontpage” L.A.’s number one Black Morning talk it is Radio Free Friday and the Frontpage family can call in and speak about pertinent topics that are on their minds.

Hooray and Hallelujah
The days of Summer are upon us and fair weather brings with it a tremendous sense of hope and positive expectations. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

” Good Morning Dominic and Frontpage Family (Stevie Wonder is usually always listening). God be with you on your trip to Africa Dominic. Mr. Hari Jones is the Curator for the National African-American Civil War Museum ,in Washington D.C.. Mr. Jones says that the celebration of Juneteenth under the premise that it represents the day when the last enslaved Blacks were set free by “Someone in Washington, DC” is not true and that it represents miseducation and and propaganda.

His position brings to my mind as a Seminole Maroon Activist, if the “Roots” mini-series only portrays the Alex Haley family’s version of enslavement can it also be categorized as miseducation by omission ? Case in point the Black Seminoles, in conjunction with the Indigenous Indians and Spanish Florida created the largest colony of escaped Blacks in the South, which led to a series of revolts. From Fort Negro to the 2nd Seminole War. My Seminole Maroon Ancestors won their freedom by treaty 26 years before the Emancipation Proclamation , that’s how they got to Oklahoma.

Finally, Mr. Steven Spielberg gave us “Amistad” but those warriors were Africans. It’s Hollywood’s job to entertain us but we don’t have to watch or consume what they offer us. However, we must teach in our homes the true story of the African-American and Native-American FREEDOM FIGHTERS and expect that it will also be taught in our high schools”. Call ends.




Honor and Respect,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom and Bugler for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter for Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th
(horse) Cavalry

MITT ROMNEY, BERNIE SANDERS, STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE” AND “BLACK INDIAN’S FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah !
In the photo above, I am pictured with Ms. Dominique DiPrima the host of Mr. Stevie Wonder’s number one Black Morning Talk Show for Southern California “FRONTPAGE”. The Emmy Award winner Dominic and I are holding a Copy of Mr. William L. Katz Classic book : “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage. The reason I connected the book “BLACK INDIANS” to my name is because Mr. Katz has added my name to his dedication of this new edition. Wow, what an honor!!!

Mr. Stevie Wonder owns Radio Station 102.3 FM in “America’s City” Inglewood, California. Today is June 14th, 2016 and on the FRONTPAGE Show it’s “HOT TOPIC” Tuesday. However, Dominic DiPrima is in Africa and the program is being hosted by Program Director Aundre Russell, Associate Producer Angela Hoffman and Comedian Louis Dix. It was a fast-paced thought provoking episode with an abundance of great calls and passionate callers. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Good Morning Frontpage Family! An important question for Senator Bernie Sanders is, will he do right by the Democratic Party?
Case in point, in 1933 during the Depression, a Socialist Candidate for Governor of California, named Upton Sinclair had designed a statewide program called EPIC, which meant “End Poverty In California”. The public applauded Sinclair’s program in the same manner as Senator Sander’s followers are doing. However, when Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was running for President rolled out a similar program that included Social Security Insurance, Sinclair submerged his EPIC program and supported FDR’s National plan. Sinclair with no popular platform lost in a close race. He was a TEAM PLAYER.

In 2012 in support of President Obama’s campaign, I called into Frontpage and was highly critical of Governor Romney, his son Tag Romney didn’t like what I said. I will say today that I think that Governor Romney is a “Man of Courage and Conscience”, based on the stand that he is taking, which is that the Republican Party can be better.

Phil Wilkes Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad 1998 Act and member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Cavalry

HILLARY CLINTON, MAROON FAMILIES OF FORT NEGRO, “ROOTS” BOYCOTT AND TROOPER FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah
I am so thrilled to see Secretary Hillary Clinton win the Democratic Primary Election to become the candidate for President
of the United States. I am a 68 year old Seminole Maroon Descendant who in 2009 was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to be featured in the National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of African American History and Culture’s book and exhibit,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.

Speaking of the Clinton Family, I recently had the distinguished honor of meeting and speaking to past President William “Bill” Clinton on June 4th 2016 in Inglewood, Ca..I was at a rally dressed in my Chapter uniform as a 12 year member of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry. When President Clinton took the stage he saluted me . It was surreal, I anxiously returned his salute, feeling a little guilty because, even though I am the Chapter Bugler and a long time Color Guard member I am a Non-Veteran and I usually put my cap and hand over my heart during the National Anthem and the pledge of Allegiance . When I got a chance to shake President Clinton’s hand I looked into his eyes and thanked him for the National Underground Railroad /Network to Freedom 1998 Act that passed during his term in office.

The 1998 NUGRR/NTF Act is a Public Law and the National Manager of the program is Diane Miller, of the National Parks Service. The law says that the U.S, Government must educate the country about the Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom as part of the country’s policy of “RECONCILIATION”. I am a Private Sector Partner for the program and Founder/President of the Semiroon Historical Society. My job as a Partner is to “Spread the Word” about the 1998 Act and it’s upcoming annual conference which takes place this year on June 13th-16th 2016 on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina (I will leave a link below). Scholars and presenters come from around the world to participate in this magnificent event.

I included in the title of this Blog :The Families of Fort Negro.
The Bicentennial for the Battle and the Massacre at Fort Negro is about to take place this July 27th, 2016. I believe that this tragic incident should be added to the U.S. History lessons of students who are High School and above. We need to see just how far we have come. For those who don’t know the details , I am supplying links below that speak about it, as the NUGRR/NTF 1998 Act says
“educate the country and preserve sites, artifacts and locations” this helps us avoid a toxic cultural amnesia about our history. We never forget the words of Philosopher George Santayana , who said:”THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMnED TO REPEAT IT”. The NUGRR/NTF
is an important LAW that protects us from making the same mistakes over again.

For a few years now I have as a Seminole Maroon Activist spoke, written and informed as many people as I could about The Fort Negro tragedy where 270 Maroons and indigenous people were blown up by the actions of Combined U.S. Forces dispatched by the White House of 1816. It was a tax-payer sponsored Slave-Hunting Expedition ,that violated the territorial sovereignty of Spanish Florida.Two hundred of the, escaped from Slavery Black Maroons were women and children with about 70 male defenders approximately 30 of whom were Seminole and Choctaw Indians. They all were blown to bits by the cannon fire from a U.S. Gunboat on the Appalachicola River.

A year ago , I posted a Blog asking for a Boycott of the then upcoming “ROOTS” remake if it did not mention FORT NEGRO. I have not seen the current version, but I am told by someone that I trust that there was only a brief reference to Blacks escaping to the Indians. I don’t want to harm this production of “Roots”, I am an Alumnus of C. Bernard Jackson’s Inner City Cultural Center and a few of the Actors in the new mini series are co-starring in it, also have strong ICCC ties. However, I am requesting that until Hollywood makes a serious attempt, (Yes Mr. Steven Spielberg did make Amistad, however it was about African Freedom Fighters) at portraying the Maroon and Indigenous Freedom Fighters of the Fort Negro Era Maroons and the Trail of Tears that the Descendants of these groups should conduct a symbolic BOYCOTT of the “ROOTS” remake. I have a sister in the Struggle a Facebook Friend who said that we strive to tell the WHOLE Story. In my view
that would include much more history than a “ROOTS” remake, So Actors Producers, Crew members and Directors do a “BEYOND ROOTS”.

All this history is in the Congressional Record, in addtion there are books such as the Smithsonian Institution’s “indiVisible” : African-Native American Lives in the Americas,Dr. Kevin Mulroy’s
“Freedom on the Border”, “The Seminole Freedmen” ,Congressman Josha Giddings: “The Exiles of Florida” and Mr. William L. Katz ,”Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage.

Honor and Respect,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-105publ203/pdf/PLAW-105publ203.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

MAROON WOMEN INDIGENOUS CIRCLE, GLORIA “MaMa G” SIMMS, MWCoC AND FIXICO

Gloria “MaMa G” Simms is a Descendant of Trelawny Town , she is the Paramount Queen, Right Excellency Nanny and Gaama of Jamaica’s proud Maroon nation. She is also the founder and visionary for the Maroon Women Indigenous Circle that is organizing the Indigenous Women’s Day that will be held June 26th, 2016 at Charles Town. They are asking for donations, amounting to $2,600.00 to provide the basics for a worthy cultural event that will edify and uplift the people.

I am personally indebted to “Queen Nanny” and the other members of the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation, including Her Excellency Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon, Dr.Cynthia Alendy, and Dr. Merina Eduards. It was these 4 Maroon Community Leaders who selected me to come to Suriname, South America as the 2015 North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s Nation Maroon Day Celebration. I wish them all the best in any endeavors that they pursue for the rest of their lives because of what they made possible for me. It added so very much to my Life and my Activism. I was able to visit 10 Maroon Villages on 3 rivers, while there the Suriname, the Cottica and the Tapanahony river, it was truly a life changing experience.

My activism, here in North America operates under a Vow of Poverty, simple meaning that I don’t demand money to speak about my Ancestors History. Therefore, there are many wonderful invitations around the hemisphere that I cannot accept because surviving on Social Security and odd jobs doesn’t provide me with the disposable income to attend. Her Rt. Excellency “MaMa G” has a beautiful SOUL and I know she understands my situation. I’m sure that many other Maroons in the diaspora would love to be there on this most important day.

I remember from my stay in Suriname that during the week long series of activities and festivities connected with the National Holiday, the Gaama “Queen Nanny” was unable to attend because she had to appear at the United Nations in conjunction with the screening of the “Queen Nanny” film. She is the star of the film and portrays NANNY in it. I wanted to meet her in person to experience the power of her Legendary Aura. I hope to have that great privilege one day in the future.

Honor and Respect, Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico, North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day

P.S. The photo above was taken by UCLA Ph.D. Grad Student and “Operation Suriname” Maroon Day 2015 “A TEAM MEMBER” Mr Jeremy Peretz. The location is the Council chambers of the Ndyuka Gaaman Bono de Velantie Paramount Chief of the Ndyuka/Okanisi Maroons in Diitabiki , Suriname on the Tapanahony River o November 10th, 2015. From Left to right: Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico (standing), Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon, Paramount Chief and Gaaman Bono de Velantie ( wearing a Seminole Maroon Peace Belt)and MWCoC President Dr. Cynthia Alendy



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PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah

Thanks to Mr. Stevie Wonder Owner and operator of Radio Station KJLH 102.3 that serves Southern California, this morning May 27th, 2016 I was able to call into L.A.’s # 1 Black morning talk “Frontpage”. Today’s theme was Radio Free Friday, meaning that I had 50 seconds as a caller to address any topic of my choice. The show is hosted by the Emmy Award winning Radio Personality Ms. Dominique Di Prima. Below is a transcript of my call.

“Good Morning Dominic, Frontpage Family and Mr. Stevie Wonder. Concerning President Obama’s signing of H.R. 4238 into Public Law, it discontinues the use of the word “NEGRO” in favor of using “AFRICAN-AMERICAN”. I don’t have a problem with this in general but it does complicate the fact that I have a request into the White House via my Congressperson the Honorable Maxine Waters that President Obama would mention the words “Fort Negro”. It was the location of the Battle and Massacre of 270 Black American Maroons taking shelter in Spanish Florida.

200 of the victims were Black Women and Children. Historians concur that the orders in 1816 from President James Madison to the U.S. Military were: “DESTROY THE NEGRO FORT AND RETURN THE STOLEN PROPERTY TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS”.

As a Seminole Maroon Activist, I respectfully request public disclosure of this tragic event. If we can teach High School Students about the “Alamo” and “Custer’s Last Stand” we should include “FORT NEGRO”.

The photo above consists of myself (Lt.) and Dominic Di Prima (Rt.) holding a copy of “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage, by William L. Katz.

Respectfully Yours,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

Race and the Census: The "Negro" Controversy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_Integrity_Act_of_1924
http://esango.un.org/irene/index.html?page=viewProfile&type=ngo&nr=644046&section=9

DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, NEGRO FORT IS THE RIGHT “N” WORD

In the photo above: U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Seminole Maroon Descendant Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico are shown holding a copy of the book “Black Indians” a Hidden Heritage, by Mr. William L. Katz. The book describes the Battle and Massacre that took place at “Fort Negro”.
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LOVE BOAT’S TED LANGE, CALIFORNIA’S BIDDY MASON AND FIXICO

Monday night May 16th 2016, I attended a staged reading of “The Heart of Biddy Mason”. With book and lyrics by Mr. Ted Lange and music written by Gerald Trottman. It was performed as Readers Theater or Actors with script in hand without wardrobe, on a bare stage. The accompanying orchestra was ably provided by the perennial artistry of Mr. Roger Neal, assisted by a wonderful and energetic saxophonist Mr. Ed Wallace, Jr. (doubled as a cast member. Amazingly the “right in the pocket rhythm” was supplied by the cast, They simply kept strict meter by stomping their feet. Not only did it work but it even morphed beyond being a musician, into the personality of an added cast member. All this while reading the script and staying in character amounts to service above and beyond the call of normal work ethic. It figures, because the casting chemistry was truly magical. Needless to say these polished professional Artists all achieved their designated roles.

Enter the Dragon, Mr. Ted Lange, The WRITER/DIRECTOR of “The Heart of Biddy Mason”. Here ,I must confess, I’m not a Writer or a Theater Critic however I do have boundless respect and admiration for Theodore William Lange ,born in Oakland ,California, in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred and 48. I’ve never even seen a complete episode of “Love Boat”, yet I hold him in great esteem. Why ? Because Mr. Lange unfailingly continues to create, produce and display his plays, that are not only extremely entertaining but have now become magnificent ceremonies of learning. They are enduring artistic vehicles that appeal to our higher angels of Historical Truth.

His quest has touched so many lives , even mine. I felt a great sense of self-esteem when, many years ago at C. Bernard Jackson’s Inner City Cultural Center, I was able to step on stage in the finals of his Ira Aldridge Acting Competition as an acting partner to Ms. Peggy Hutchinson ( who was a participant).

Yes, Mr.Lange has had a story book career and he has received an abundance of tributes and awards to certify the public and his peers appreciation. However, I have read that his first role was played while he was a ninth grade actor portraying Ebeneezer Scrooge in the Christmas story. It’s truly ironic that someone so giving would be assigned the role of someone who was not generous by nature. I never thought of Ted “Renaissance Man” Lange as “Isaac” who gave the world so much joy and laughter.
For me, I think of Mr. Lange as an Admiral of a Grand Armada of over 20 plays. I also think of him as a sterling role model, a mentor and a Coach with a winning game plan. GO SEE “THE HEART OF BIDDY MASON” BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT WINNING THE GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL… THE GIFTS OF FREEDOM AND LOVE.

P.S. The Play was presented at the Leimert Park Vision Theatre
3341 West 43rd Place, Los Angeles Ca. 90008

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act

STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”, NUGRR/NTF 2016 CONFERENCE AND FIXICO

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Hooray and Hallelujah,

I spoken many times on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage” morning talk show on radio station KJLH 102.3 FM , hosted by Ms. Dominic Di Prima. It is the number one show for Southern California Black Community. Below is a transcript of my call into “Hot Topic Tuesday”:

“Good morning Dominic, “Frontpage Family” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. My topic today is about some White Americans who during the Civil War worked to help enslaved Blacks.

After the south attacked Fort Sumter, the Union counter-attacked , taking back the fort and 195 plantations on the surrounding Sea Coast Islands. Rebel forces and plantation owners fled the area while 1o,ooo Blacks remained. Since their former owners had left the Union their land was seized. Blacks had not been officially freed yet, therefore they were classified as contraband. The army provided food, clothing and medical services for them. after the Emancipation…

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STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”, NUGRR/NTF 2016 CONFERENCE AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah,

I’ve spoken many times on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage” morning talk show on radio station KJLH 102.3 FM , hosted by Ms. Dominic Di Prima. It is the number one show for Southern California,s Black Community. Below is a transcript of my call into “Hot Topic Tuesday”:

“Good morning Dominic, “Frontpage Family” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. My topic today is about some White Americans who during the Civil War worked to help enslaved Blacks.

After the south attacked Fort Sumter, the Union counter-attacked , taking back the fort and 195 plantations on the surrounding Sea Coast Islands. Rebel forces and plantation owners fled the area while 10,000 Blacks remained. Since their former owners had left the Union their land was seized. Blacks had not been officially freed yet, therefore they were classified as contraband. The army provided food, clothing and medical services for them. after the Emancipation Proclamation they were classified as Freedmen. The U.S. Commanding General asked the public to send Volunteer Teachers and within a month 53 White missionaries arrived.

President Lincoln began a land distribution effort by making 40,000 acres of plantation land available to the Freedmen. These efforts were aimed at helping the freedmen to make a transition from bondage to freedom. Unfortunately , President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and his replacement returned, all the confiscated land back to the original owners.

This year the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom will hold it’s annual conference in Hilton Head , South Carolina and it will tell the story about the “Port Royal Experiment”, the Free African Americans of Michelville and the Whites who worked to help them.

Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Private-Sector-Partner National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act.USPTO 359

Fixico and three World Class Scholars. From Lt. to Rt. ,Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Gary Zellar, Ph.D.  Author of: “African Creeks”,  Willard Johnson Ph.D. Professor Emeritus M.I.T. and William L. Katz , Author of : “Black Indians” a hidden heritage. This photo was taken in st. Augustine, Florida at the 2012 NUGRR/NTF conference which was dedicated to the Black Seminoles and the Gullah Geechee.

https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ASALH&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=730735c1-6cd6-4295-939b-70a743f6775c

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Royal_Experiment

FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO ON WOLDC WITH CARL NELSON: “I WILL SALUTE THE FLAG”

HONOR AND RESPECT TO ALL,

I extend this greeting to all, whether they agree with me or not. On  August 19th, 2016. I called into the Award Winning Host Carl Nelson’s open call Friday Show on Catherine Hughes “INFORMATION IS POWER” radio station. Callers were welcome to air their grievances, ask questions or state their positions. I listened to the show, not intending to join in because I had spoken earlier in the week. However, when a secession of calls came in saying that they would not salute the U.S. Flag, I felt impelled to add my voice in support of the Star and Stripes.

In the photo above, I’m standing next to the U.S. Flag wearing a Greater Los Angeles Chapter Buffalo Soldier 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry Uniform. As a non-veteran I qualify to be an associate member of an Official Army Unit Association on two counts, one is that my grandfather Pompey Bruner Fixico served in France during WW 1 in the “Buffalo” 92nd Division and the other reason is that I gave considerable “Public Service” in President Lyndon Johnson’s 1960’s War on Poverty. While many members of my generation were caught up in the Vietnam War, (I was given a : married with children deferment) I did feel an intense desire to serve my country, so I gave up a Civil Service jobs with benefits to become a “Soldier in the War on Poverty”. I worked in the Post-Rebellion Watts Community as a Neighborhood Youth Corp representation working with what the Government called “Hardcore Underprivileged Youth in the Watts Target Area”.

Years later after discovering my Ancestry, I joined the Buffalo Soldiers to help Keep their Legacy Alive. I have been an active member for 12 years. During my tenure with the chapter I have been a member of the Color Guard and lately I have become the Chapter’s Buglar. To participate in these activities I must maintain a healthy respect for the revered symbols of the country that I am blessed to be a Citizen of .

Back to the WOLDC Carl Nelson Show, Below is a transcript of my  call into the show:

“Hi Carl, I will salute the American Flag and work to change the system. Everyone in power is not a racist, we must have hope and  make hard choices. Africa is my Grandmother and “like it or not” America is my MAMA ! We are undeniably  making progress. Now, we have a Black President. America was a Slavocracy  that openly perpetuated Indian Genocide, African Slavery and Manifest Destiny…and it ain’t perfect yet.

Recently, I have been invited by the United States Forestry Service to perform a “Peace Belt Ceremony” in behalf of the 300 hundred Maroon and Indian victims , who were destroyed by U.S. Forces and their allies at Fort Negro in Spanish Territory 200 years ago. If I refuse to participate, then I won’t be able to make my point for my Ancestors and to show how much progress that we have made, I even get to tell the world on the Carl Nelson show about the corrupt U.S. system of that era ”

Carl Nelson speaks: “So Fixico, you think that things have gotten better?” I speak” Carl I think that things are definitely better than my Ancestor’s time, they escaped slavery and went into Spanish Territory, once there, they thought that they were safe, however the corrupt administration of U.S. President James Madison, along with General Andrew Jackson and Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins, all Slave owners colluded to send U.S. Troops and their Creek Indian Allies into Spanish sovereign territory to destroy Fort Negro and return the Maroons to slavery. Their plan went wrong and they destroyed them instead”. Carl Said “OK Fixico thanks for the call”.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil “Pompey ” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

The First U.S. Foreign Invasion: Seizing Florida in 1816

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

 

 

 

A TRIBUTE TO TOMMY “HALIFU” JACQUETTE, FATHER OF THE WATTS FESTIVAL

I’m from Watts !  No, I wasn’t born there ,I was born in 1947 into the so called “Negro Community of Central Avenue”. It had it’s own proud history. I claim Watts as where I hail from because much  of the formative years of my life were spent in and around Watts.

My mother, older and younger brother moved into the Nickerson  Gardens Projects projects in 1954. We came from the Driver Brother’s Courts on 24th and Hooper. The projects were new and they were beautiful, equivalent to luxury condos based on where we had come from. The only problem in Watts was there were predominantly two classes of occupants, the poor and the predators . This was unlike Central Avenue where due to Segregation and Ownership restrictions Blacks of all sociological descriptions were lumped together.

Let’s get back to Mr. Tommy “Halifu” Jacquette, I met Tommy  in the Watts area in 1960, I was a Gang Member and Youthful Offender    who had moved three blocks out of the “Projects”. To go and come I had to travel through a neighborhood where Tommy Jacquette was definitely the Dominant Male Teenager. Most of the guys around Tommy had already had contact with Law-Enforcement, however everybody in the neighborhood looked to Tommy as the leader, not of a gang like my circle of friends in the Nickerson Gardens but more like a clique or “set of homies”. I never saw Tommy participate in any Gang Activities of any kind or advocate it. Tommy was mature but playful in a ghetto style.

Recently, I was invited to attend an event for the 2016 Watts Summer Festival. Many of the attendees didn’t know me as I haven’t been an ongoing team member or contributor to the annual event. The emcee of this pre-festival gathering asked for people who had been in the first festival of of 1966 and I raised my hand. The pictures above (top) show me as a Youthful Offender/GangMember serving time in Joseph Paige Probation Camp (1962) where the Professional Counselors saved my life and put me on track. The bottom picture shows me after “Joseph Paige” and after the Watts Rebellion riding in the 1st Watts Festival Parade. I had completed a a 10 month Surgical Technician program sponsored by President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and now here I was being Honored in a major community event made possible in part by my “Homie” Mr. Tommy “Halifu” Jacquette.

Yes, the Brothers from Watts were making a tremendous come back. Congresswoman Maxine Waters said , ” Tommy was an inspiration to me and so many other people. He was daring, fearless and bold, helping us to gain the courage to openly discuss and deal with race, discrimination and inequality in a way that few had been able to before.”

At the pre-event when I was given the opportunity to speak for two minutes, I made a Social Blunder. My acting the Teacher and Mentor  the Academy award Nominated Actress Beah Richards, taught us to come from the “opposite”. She explained if you intend to lionize someone in your description of them make sure that you humanize them first. So when I thought back about an unforgettable incident about Tommy, this is what came out.

I chose a moment describing Tommy’s mischievous  playfulness. The guy’s had got together and we were waiting for Tommy to start it. He hollered “train coming through the tunnel” and expelled gas. I did use sound effects. The emcee hustled me off the stage before I come speak to the “MAN’S GREATNESS”. In Truth, some people were surprised and others laughed nervously . I said , if I have disrespected him I’ll leave. I did leave, I made a Social Blunder and now I have to apologize to his family, friends and attendees by  saying that I was after one minute stopped from speaking about what an accomplishment that Tommy Halifu Jacquette had made to the world by becoming the “Father of the Watts Festival” and it’s enduring legacy which has continued on for 50 years. It is said that Dr. Maulana Karenga also played a major role in the formation of this incredible tradition.

With Sincere Regret and Apologies to all,

Phil Wilkes Fixico

https://waters.house.gov/media-center/floor-statemements/memory-tommy-jacquette

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Jacquette                                      https://lasentinel.net/tommy-jacquette-legendary-l-a-activist-succumbs.html

 

 

 

 

 

CARL NELSON & DR. RASHIDI ON WOLDC + U.S. FORESTRY SERVICE’,ERICA DAVIS, RHONDA KIMBROUGH & THE BRITISH POST/NEGRO FORT

Hooray and Hallelujah for Catherine Hughes owner of WOLDC Radio Station. Today August 9th, 2016, I called -in to the Carl Nelson show which broadcasts out of Washington , DC. Carl’s guest today was the legendary scholar and Historian Dr. Runoko Rashidi, who is also famous for his exciting and informative tours throughout the world.

Dr. Rashidi  recounted a long list of beautiful and historic locations that he has taken his tour groups to. When he spoke about visiting the Maroons of Suriname, I couldn’t resist calling in. Below is a brief transcript of my call:

” Greetings Brother Carl Nelson and Professor Rashidi. I have some important information to share.  Last year I was brought to the Republic of Suriname by the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation as the “The North American Maroon Representative” to their 2015 National Maroon Day Celebration.

While there I visited 10 Maroon Villages in the Rain Forest on three rivers by canoe. There are 120,000 Maroons in Suriname and i visited the Okanisi/Ndyuka ” Dr. Rashidi said, “It sounds like it was a wonderful trip”. Carl Nelson . asked “How did you deal with the language” Dr. Rashidi said, “I had a translator”. I said that , “Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon accompanied me as my Protocol Officer and Interpreter”. Carl said “Thanks for the call Fixico”. this ended my call.

Interestingly Dr. Rashidi went on to speak about future tours that he would like to set-up.  He then went in-depth about other Western Hemisphere Maroon groups , he added that in the future he wanted to visit Maroon sites where the Maroons had shown great resistance. This statement, of course made me think of Staff Officer Erica Davis and Heritage program Manager Rhonda Kimbrough of the U.S. Forestry Service, who are working to diligently and with great passion to prepare for the British Post/Negro Fort Commemorative Event on October 22nd, 2016 to be held at prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola river in Florida.

I have been invited to attend and participate. Hopefully, I will be allowed to perform the “Seminole Maroon Peace Belt Ceremony” in tribute to the Maroons and Indigenous occupants of the Negro fort that gave their lives in it’s defense 200 years ago on July 27th, 1816.

The photo above pictures Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon. It was taken by UCLA Grad. student Jeremy Peretz, on October 10th 2015 at the Okanisi/Ndyuka’s Parliamentary House “The Kintie” on the Royal island Diitabiki in the Suriname Rain Forest.  I’d like to thank the the United States government and President Barack Obama’s Administration for allowing this event to take place. Special mention should also be given to Mr. Thomas Mitchell of the Hyde Park Descendant’s Group and to Historian Dr. Madelaine Carr.

Honor and respect,

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico,                                                            Negro Fort “ERA” Descendant

http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/cathy-huges-39          http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3828073.pdf

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre                                     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Gadsden

 

 

 

 

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