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STEVIE WONDER, MULTI-CULTURALISM “CHAMPION” AVI BERNARD ON FRONTPAGE AND “FORT NEGRO’S” FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !

Today is September 5th, 2017 and we continue to pray for the world in this era of strife, conflict and dissension. Our prayers, I believe should include thanks for those available  media venues that allow us to speak our mind in a civil manner.  Mr. Stevie Wonder has provided us with public access  through shows like “FRONTPAGE” the # one early morning Black Talk Show featuring the cares and concerns of the Southern California African-American Community.

Today’s  show was hosted by veteran host, Mr. Avi Bernard. Mr. Bernard took a very strong position on Multi-cultural issues in general like DACA. I have long been absent from FRONTPAGE but when my friend Mollie Bell informed me that Avi Bernard was hosting , I jumped at the chance to  be heard. My desire was to inform the listening public about the recent Legal victory in favor of the Cherokee of Color Indian Freedmen. A judge in a federal court ruled that the Freedmen were entitled  to full Citizenship and Membership in the Cherokee Nation equal to those of the other By-Blood members.

A few of the “Callers” had strong feelings and deep concerns about attention being paid to those other than  Black Communities. Their feelings were that primary help for  African-Americans is still long overdue. Mr. Bernard who proudly confesses that his ancestry includes: African-American, Indigenous-American and European-Jewish stock took no prisoners in his defense of All-inclusive/Multi-culturalism.

Being of mixed-race ancestry myself, it was inspiring to hear Mr. Avi Bernard stand up for both the DESCENDANTS and the ANCESTORS.

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

https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv1313-248

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/florida-portrait-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/ go to 50 mins. into video

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/race/cb12-182.html

 

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REV. JESSE JACKSON, DENZEL WASHINGTON, PRES. TRUMP’S HEALTHCARE AND “FORT NEGRO’S” FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is July 31st, 2017 and in Southern California near the beach the weather is slightly overcast but expected to burn off as usual. Yesterday, July 30th, 2017 I had the privilege of speaking on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” Radio Show which broadcasts out of Chicago, Ill. on WVON . The topic was Healthcare and the show was being hosted by Reverend Jackson’s Co-host his daughter Santita Jackson. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Greetings Sister Santita, If we as a people fail to provide Universal Healthcare, the question is : “What is next”! Do we then openly practice “Social Darwinism”. In other words, Healthcare will be provided on a “Survival of the Fittest” basis. Meaning if you are financially and physically fit, don’t worry you will be seen and served. The 1st victims of Hitler’s Third Reich were sick people.

Does President Trump want to let the system implode because he would rather deal with desperate people rampaging and then place them under Marshall Law. What will the cost of pacification be?

If we allow the system to implode  let’s not forget that the “system” is made of flesh and blood  people and even one desperate individual with nothing to lose can cause big problems for us all. In the Emergency Room that I worked in ,you always needed Security to control desperate family members”. (Santita commented about “Security in the Emergency Room” and said that it reminded her of a Denzel Washington movie”. Call ends.

John Q. is a 2002 American crime film starringDenzel Washington and directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film tells the story of John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington), a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with anenlarged heart and finds out he is unable to receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it, before he decides to hold up the hospital and force them to do it.

In truth, when one member of the family is critically ill or hurt ,the whole family is affected and security is needed in the E.R., even when sick people are eligible to be seen. It’s unimaginable what will happen when we begin turning them away “that’s when Society breaks down”

The Photo above was taken off me in 1970, when I was working at the Watts Health Center (Multi-purpose Health Center)  which had been built on “Charcoal Alley”, right after the “Watts Rebellion” because part of the reason for the rebellion was that there was a lack of bare bones  Medical Care available in the Watts target area. It was built  in front of the Jordan Downs Housing Projects, on 103rd St. I worked in the 24 hr. Emergent Care/ Emergency Room as a Plaster Tech/Inhalation Tech and Clinical Assist.

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

 

 

DR. CLAUD ANDERSON, “REPARATIONS”, DENZEL WASHINGTON AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

In the photo above : (Lt.) Dr. George Mckenna, is the current Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Education. He has received many awards and tributes for dedicating his life to properly educating the children of the nation. One of the biggest tributes to his place in history was when, one of  America’s most popular Actors, Mr. Denzel Washington was chosen to portray his character in the 1986 made for TV movie : “The George McKenna Story” ,co-starring Ms. Lynn Whitfield. Speaking of the accomplished Actor Mr. Denzel Washington, he has to his credit ; 3 Golden Globes, a Tony Award plus two Academy Awards.

In addition, Denzel Washington and his lovely and talented wife Pauletta Washington have not only maintained  an enduring marriage for many years, they continue to be major supporters of worthy causes in our community. Which includes the New African-American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, DC on the Mall.

On the right in the photo, I’m presenting Dr. George McKenna with a copy of the Smithsonian Institution’s book ,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the America’s. This presentation was made at least five years ago and the book covers the topic of “Black Indians” in the Americas. My story is featured in the book and the exhibit. It was written by Dr. Kevin Mulroy, the world’s leading authority on Seminole Maroons. I wholeheartedly, recommend  ” The Seminole Freedmen” by Dr. Mulroy and of course “BLACK INDIANS” A HIDDEN HISTORY by Professor Wm. L. Katz.

I’m suggesting these books on this topic because on Monday February 6th, 2017, I spoke with Dr. Claud Anderson who was the Special Guest on Mr. Carl Nelson’s Radio Show on WOLDC 1450 AM.   Dr. Claud Anderson unveiled his upcoming campaign to seek “REPARATIONS” for African-Americans by using the 1866 U.S. Indian Territory Treaty where the black Indians of the 5 civilized Tribes were legally designated rights equal to the 13th,14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. In addition they by the treaty’s wording suppose to receive FULL INDIAN BENEFITS.

I am aware of this treaty because my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner for whom the current Oklahoma Seminole Nation’s  Freedmen Bruner Band is still named for ,was  Translator, for the 1865 Fort Smith Indian Territory Truce that formed the verbatim basis for the 1866 Treaty that was signed 6 months later in Washington ,DC. Finally, when the movie is made about this event I pray that Mr. Denzel Washington will portray my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner and that Mr. Forest Whitaker will portray “Papa” Caesar’s  father-law ,The Prophet Abraham  the father of “Mama” Nancy.

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !!!

Below is a transcript of my call in to the Carl Nelson Show.

” Greetings Brother Carl and Dr. Claud Anderson. I’d like to thank Dr. Anderson for what you and Attorney Squires attempted to do for “Black Indians” and my Seminole cousins in Texas. During that era I wrote a letter to the White House that was delivered by my Congresswoman Maxine Waters, proposing that you be designated as Commissioner for the Bureau of Black Indian Affairs”.

“My question to you Dr. Anderson is why was I, as a Seminole Maroon Descendant allowed in the last months of the Obama Administration to represent the 270 Maroon Victims of “Fort Negro” in a US Gov’t commemoration , after the truth had been hidden for 200 hundred years. Was this RECONCILIATION” ?

Dr. Claud Anderson’s paraphrased answer : “No , it wasn’t sincere because they have not lived up to the 1866 US Indian Territory Treaty”. My call ended.

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

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/ My portion occurs 50 minutes into the video.

 

REV. JESSE JACKSON, U.S. REP. MAXINE WATERS, “BLACK INDIAN” CULTURAL RENAISSANCE AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

This morning, February 5th, 2017 I had the exhilarating opportunity to speak on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Sunday morning WVON Talk Show on 1690 A.M. WVON ,”The Talk of Chicago”: “KEEP HOPE ALIVE”.  It is hosted by, Reverend Jesse Jackson , (daughter) Santita Jackson and Operation Rainbow Push, Executive Ms. Betty Magness. Today’s special guest was U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters. I have lived in her district for many years and I know of her heroic efforts to serve her constituency.

Below is an approximate transcript of my call:

“Greetings Rev. Jackson, Santita and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. I’m a Seminole Maroon Descendant and I’m speaking to African-Americans but I’m including everyone who can understand our special needs. To mobilize our community we need an all-inclusive CULTURAL RENAISSANCE similar to the Harlem Renaissance except instead of using the “New Negro” as our role model ,we use African-American and Indigenous Freedom Fighters as our Heroes and Sheroes. This would include the re-telling of U.S. History. Thereby, creating a Nationalist Black Indian Identity, that would, at last give us “Our Emotional Coming to America” !

“Finally, this Renaissance would include an “Operation Rainbow Push choir in every major city, to sing “THEM” out of power. I just spoke recently at the “FORT NEGRO” 1st commemoration, after 200 years. That massacre was possible because the U.S. Administration of that era had a hidden program, known as the “FAILED STATE” doctrine. It said that if a neighboring state or country became a “Failed State” that the U.S. could step in and take it over”. End of my statement.

Reverend Jackson, then asked me : “Fixico, What do you want your Congresswoman Maxine Waters to do? My answer: “I want Congresswoman Waters to take some time to look out for herself ! She works so hard for the community, I’m a Buffalo Soldier  Descendant and she works  hard for the Veterans and the work that she did for the Black Indians with Congressman Barney Frank was important”. Call ends.

In closing, I’d like to say to the Community during this year’s African-American History Month : “WHEN THEY HATE US…WE LOVE US”. The Cultural Renaissance should be All-Inclusive, everybody is welcome. We need others to help us enjoy and consume  the products of our heritage.

The Photo above features Congresswoman Maxine Waters being presented the book “BLACK INDIANS”: A HIDDEN HERITAGE BY AUTHOR WILLIAM l. KATZ, by me. The occasion was the Cinco de Mayo Celebration held in Gardena,Ca. in 2013

Honor and Respect, Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist.

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/ Fort Negro Ceremony my portion appears 50 min, into the video

“BLACK INDIAN” MAYOR OF INGLEWOOD CA. JAMES BUTTS for US PRESIDENT IN 2020 says SEMINOLE MAROON ACTIVIST FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Yes the time has come for Black Indians, to rise up as a group and take our place as an identifiable demographic. Who are we ? In most cases we were Africans brought here during the TransAtlanticSlave trade as kidnapped victims destined to become enslaved families trapped in “Cotton,Cane and Rice Prisons” for life or until an untimely death due to being overworked or for resisting impossible demands.

The Indians were already here and they too, had suffered a fate worst than death ,which was being DISCOVERED. Therefore we had two oppressed groups trapped on the same land mass. It was logical that they had contact and in many cases alliances were formed. These alliances were not always inter-marriage or even miscegenation. I dare to say that , it was not always Blacks with  Indians it was oftentimes Blacks in the presence of Indians. In the wilderness of North America during those times there was no birth certificates or vital Statistics for either group.

That leaves us with Oral History that can be very unreliable, at times. However, I have been researching my own genealogy for 17 years and I can say that sometimes ,it is true that :”Where there is Smoke there is Fire”. This is easy for me to say because my Genealogy was done by Dr. Kevin Mulroy for the Smithsonian Institution’s book and exhibit,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. Dr. Kevin Mulroy,  is the current Dean of the  Claremont Colleges 7 Library Systems.  I say that, to say this, that even Dr. Mulroy over the year in which we worked to put my family history  together would from time to time ask me to verify, interpret or reconcile his research with Oral History.

In 2015 the US Census Bureau estimated that there were 42.6 million Black Only, African Americans and 46 million Blacks in Combination with another Race, people in the United States. Thank you, U.S. Census Bureau now, I will give my results of the informal poll that I have been taking for 17 years which is this: When I asked African Americans : “Do you have any Native American in your Ancestry”? 6 out of ten said , yes. Most weren’t certain, it was based on Oral History and Family Reunion Table Talk with statements by “Ma’dear” ,”Big Mama” or “Uncle John”.

For our purposes of forming a coalition or a voting block that’s enough ! It’s reason enough to pull the lever for a candidate that the Voter thinks is a BLACK INDIAN. So my results of my informal poll were this : 60% of adult African Americans think that they have Native American in their Ancestry. That means that at least 20 million plus voting age African Americans would identify with voting for a Black Indian candidate.

The current Mayor of Inglewood ,Ca. is Mayor James Butts a Black Indian, African Cherokee or African-Native American whatever you prefer. He is an incredible example of one of America’s Most Successful Mayors. Let us hope that he will in 2020 consider running on the Democratic Presidential Ticket. As a Black Indian, Seminole Maroon Descendant and African-Native American  Activist I pledge my support and would campaign wholeheartedly within the Black Indian Community where I am known.

Mayor James Butts ,if you can do for America what you’ve done for Inglewood we need you ready to run in 2020.

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

P.S. In the photo above the Mayor and I are holding a copy of Author William Loren Katz’s , entitled: “BLACK INDIANS”: A HIDDEN HERITAGE. This books completely explains the historical relationship between Blacks and Indians in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

TO THE OBAMA FAMILY: “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” SAYS “FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

GREETINGS TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS, MY QUESTION IS THIS: ARE WE SO SMALL OF A PEOPLE, THAT WE WILL NOT PROPERLY SAY TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, MICHELLE OBAMA, MALIA OBAMA AND SASHA OBAMA, ” THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”.

THANK YOU FOR LIVING IN THE COMBAT ZONE   UNDER A MICROSCOPE FOR 8 YEARS. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO.

. YOU ALL GAVE UP  THE TENDERNESS OF TENDER YEARS . FORGIVE US FOR OUR LACK OF PUSH, LOYALTY AND OUR UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. WE THANK YOU FOR ACHIEVING AN INCREDIBLE INTERNATIONAL “FIRST” AND FOR FULFILLING IT WITH GRACE ,CLASS AND STYLE.

YOU MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST LADY AND THE FIRST CHILDREN WERE THE FAMILY OF OUR COUNTRY’S COMMANDER AND CHIEF.  YOU WERE ALL HUDDLED IN THE SAME “FOX HOLE” TOGETHER, LIKE ALL FRONT LINE VETERANS. THEREFORE, YOU JUST LIKE ANY OTHER RETURNING VETS, DESERVE A WARM AND GRATEFUL WELCOME. NOT A WELCOME THAT WILL DESTROY YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOULS AND SPIRIT OF SELF-SACRIFICE. THE WORLD AND OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US AND THEY ARE CURIOUS,  ABOUT HOW  “WE” WILL TREAT OUR “OWN”.

HONOR AND RESPECT, PHIL “POMPEY” FIXICO, SEMINOLE MAROON DESCENDANT,

AFRICAN-AMERICANS NEED TO REVIVE THE “HARLEM RENAISSANCE SAYS”FORT NEGRO’S”FIXICO

https://www.britannica.com/event/Harlem-Renaissance-American-literature-and-art

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH AND HAPPY NEW YEARS !!!

On Friday, December 30th 2016, I spoke on the WOLDC National radio show hosted by arguably the world’s greatest Black Radio Talk Show Host Mr. Carl  Nelson. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Happy New Years” Brother Carl, you told me before that I could keep you informed of my efforts to help trigger a  Revival of the Harlem Renaissance. Most huge social movements usually begin in reaction to another movement. Right now the recent election, was a sociopolitical movement which indicated that many (“not all”) in the Dominant Culture might not like Black People (?). Therefore  in our reaction as a people , we should employ the THERAPY of “Loving ourselves, our Community ,Culture and History”

Let every Man, Woman and Child, start out the New Year by doing something creative for ourselves or in support of our own Community. I suggest that we revive the Harlem Renaissance and that we call it the “D.C. Renaissance”, because It started after being proposed by me on The WOLDC. Radio Show hosted by Carl Nelson (and because the Museum of African-American History and Culture is in D.C.).

I further propose that the Black Churches across the country begin an “Ambassador’s Program”. As I see it (I’m hoping for better suggestions) the Ambassador Program would ask that each Black Church that can, send an Elder and a young person (old enough to handle a camera) to visit our New Museum. Once there they would take photographs ,which they would bring back to their church where the Pastor would explain the meaning of this photo documentation in accordance with their denomination’s doctrine.

In addition, Carl, I am suggesting that we revive the  “Old Negro Baseball League”. We have plenty of athletes in our community and we should begin local semi-pro leagues and rent local High School facilities to have games there . This would help us to re-cycle Black Dollars and create jobs and business opportunities. Thanks Carl”. Call ends.

Carl Nelson’s response was this :” I like what Fixico said. it’s something different and it’s challenging Blacks to get their own” I owe Carl Nelson a debt that I can never repay. He has allowed me to speak on reviving the Harlem Renaissance and my trips to the Republic of Suriname for their 2015 National Maroon Celebration and my participation in Florida’s Apalachicola Forest at the “Fort Negro” Bicentennial Celebration in October of this year.

In the past I have said that, as a Seminole Maroon  Descendant I hope that my Activism would trigger a Cultural Renaissance similar to the Harlem Renaissance except instead of using the “New Negro” as the role model that we would use African and Indigenous Freedom Fighters as our Sheroes and Heroes and re-tell Western Hemisphere History through their lies. This should include, but not limited to the following era’s of, Discovery, Colonization, the TransAtlanticSlave Trade , Indian Wars of Removal and Manifest Destiny. We could use the Humanities to express our own take on these issues.

The Harlem Renaissance was an Artistic ,Intellectual and Literary movement that sought to achieve group identity and self-determination for Blacks during the 1920’s and 30’s. Harlem is where this powerful Cultural Movement Took Wings.  Alain Locke was  a Black Intellectual  and Patron of the Arts  called the “DEAN” of the Harlem Renaissance who said, we should :”Transform our Social Disillusionment into race pride”

“Now is the Time”, We have so many more tools to work with. I thank my mentors like Dr. Kevin Mulroy (my Smithsonian Institution Researcher for “indiVisible” :African-Native American Lives in the America’s and Professor Wm. Katz ,the Author of “BLACK INDIANS” A HIDDEN HERITAGE.

The Photo Above was taken in  2013 at the Bilbrew, Los Angeles County Library, during my  annual Seminole Maroon Performance Art Presentation at the Black Resource Center, celebrating Native American Month. Lt. Unidentified attendee, 2nd from Lt. Mr. John “Chief” Peoples, a noted Reparations Leader, 2nd from Rt. “Oueen Mother” Mollie Bell a noted Social Activist and I’m on the far rt.. Mr. Peoples “Slave Ship” is behind us.

Honor and Respect, Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/

https://refixico.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/attentionafrican-americanblack-indian-and-maroon-descendants-fixico-proves-fort-negro/

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP, MR. STEVIE WONDER , ANDREW JACKSON & “WE SHALL OVERCOME”

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

The time of  the year has come along again, when we seriously need to count our blessings and Praise God. On this day , of November 22nd, 2016, let us pause to appreciate what we already have and take time to enjoy it and share it with others. It’s always a blessing to speak on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s FrontPage Radio Show. Today, it was hosted by Mr. Avi Bernard. Mr. Avi Bernard is Passionate, Principled and Professional. The topic was the 2016 Presidential Election and the importance of voting. Below is an approximate transcript of my words that were spoken on “HOT TOPIC TUESDAY”:

(My call begins:) Good Morning Mr. Avi Bernard, Hallelujah Brother ! Voting is important ,especially voting for the President. Now about the election, what scares me the most is that Newt Gingrich has said : “That the president, that President Elect Trump is most like is Andrew Jackson”. Who was a Slave-Owning, Indian Killing President, who took land from Indians and created “COTTON PRISONS” for Black Families. He caused the Fort Negro (Massacre), The Trail of Tears and he chose Chief Justice Roger Taney for the Supreme Court. Who ruled in the “Dred Scott” decision that : “Blacks have NO rights that Whites need to Respect”.

However, I have a solution for everything. If Mr. Stevie Wonder will record a new version of “We Shall Overcome” and give it to the Protestors, it would go a long way towards bringing things together. (Call ends).

In another Blog, I said “Protest …Yes, Riot…No”! The election is over and even our role model President Barack Obama has said that “ensuring a smooth transition of Power is a top priority”. “So the country can come together after a hard fought election”. We must ultimately abide by that , because again as President Obama has said: “THE COUNTRY HAS SPOKEN”.

Newt Gingrich is a Dominant Culture White Male, he sees Andrew Jackson as one of America’s Greatest President’s and Military Hero’s. When my Ancestor’s who escaped the the U.S. Slave Plantations of the South , took refuge and asylum in Spanish Florida, they were viewed as the Terrorist of that age and in truth some who had escaped Enslavement did return on rescue missions to free their wives and children . They were Heros, Sheroes and dedicated Freedom Fighters .

There is, I believe an Irish staying that goes like this “THE WINNERS WRITE HISTORY AND THE LOSERS WRITE THE SONGS”. Well, winners can write both history and the songs. We must vote to WIN. It’s a fact that  President Elect  Donald Trump won the election. It’s also a fact that we, because of our right to Free Speech can peacefully protest and sing Protest Songs. It’s time for us to remember the discipline of those Brave and dedicated Civil Rights Protestors of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Honor and Respect, Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist.

 

 

 

CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN, BLACK INDIAN AND MAROONS WITH INDIANS MONTH

CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN & BLACK INDIAN MONTH

TO ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN, BLACK INDIAN AND MAROON DESCENDANTS. PLEASE SHARE THIS PHOTO AND VIDEO, IT IS PROOF THAT ON JULY 27TH, 1816 IN SPANISH FLORIDA THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO HAD ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES, ALONG WITH BLACK INDIANS, MAROONS AND OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FOUGHT TO THE DEATH BEFORE THEY WOULD ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE DRAGGED BACK INTO SLAVERY.

I know this because as a Seminole Maroon Descendant and great-grandson of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Band Leader Caesar Bruner, who was trained by Prophet Abraham to be an Interpreter and leader, I have pursued the TRUTH and finally I have irrefutable evidence that proves Fort Negro really happened. On October 22nd, 2016 the United States Government through it’s agency the U.S. Forest Service, presented the Fort Gadsden Bicentennial Commemoration at the British Fort Historic Landmark on the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff. Better known in the U.S. Congressional Records as the Negro Fort. The participants were Chiefs/Representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Muskogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma ,the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and high ranking Officials of the U.S. Forest Service. Special recognition belongs to Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough, Ms. Erika Davis, Ms. Kelly Russell and Mr. Tony Tooks.

Again, I know this for a fact , because  a few weeks ago I returned from “FORT NEGRO”, where I took part in the ceremony. I represented the Maroons who locked the gates and refused to be dragged back into Slavery when the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corp augmented by their Indian Allies came to return them to Slavery … General Andrew Jackson’s orders read …” Destroy the fort and return the stolen Negros to their rightful owners”.

Well , on that day there were NO Slaves in that Fort !! Only Black and Indigenous FREEDOM FIGHTERS …who shouted back , “LIBERTY OR DEATH”!!! 200 of the DEFENDERS were Black Women and Children, they fought as well, approximately 70 were Black  Military trained Males ,formerly  British Colonial Marines . There were also 30 plus Seminole and Choctaw Indians among the forts combatants. I learned about this part of Western Hemisphere by reading the book “BLACK INDIANS”:A HIDDEN HERITAGE by author William L. Katz. I will allow the experts and scholars to give you there version of the Negro Fort Battle and Massacre. In addition, I will supply the video of the actual ceremony. On that day I as a Black Indian /Maroon Descendant administered the “Peace Belt Ceremony ” to all the Descendant Representatives and attendees.

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

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

https://search.aol.com/aol/video?q=fort+negro&s_it=video-ans&sfVid=true&videoId=AC7AE7C662B11BB78249AC7AE7C662B11BB78249&v_t=webmail-searchbox (6 minutes)

This is the video of the actual recognition ceremony, where I perform the Peace Belt Ceremony

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/

PEACEFUL PROTESTS…YES! RIOTS…NO ! SAYS “FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

GOOD MORNING AMERICA…

May the GOOD LORD BLESS your Sacred Shores with PEACEFUL CHANGE ! There is nothing more constant than CHANGE. That bit of WISDOM… is Simple but not easy. Things, people and times in our life expire. We must be flexible and go with the flow until a new change occurs that is more to our way of thinking, more in our comfort zone. What’s important then, is that we recognize it. Knowing when the “GOOD OLD DAYS” are here is as important and possible as appreciating the little things in our lives.

So, for many of us, we are now faced with an unexpected Change in the person who will lead and represent the United States of America for the next four years. Many are proudly jubilant at Mr. Trump’s election and many others are experiencing a myriad of emotions from regret and shame to terror. I voted for Secretary Hillary Clinton and I was happy when President Barack Obama was elected 8 years ago. I’m sure that several of President Elect Donald Trump’s current supporters ,8 years ago felt regret, shame and terror felt at President Obama’s election. They too, had to suck it up and wait for a new CHAMPION to come along.

Again, I say knowing when the “GOOD OLD DAYS” are here is a marvelous skill to develop. As we come to the end of President Obama’s I’ve heard a fair amount of  African-Americans say, “He didn’t do anything for me”! Many of these disgruntled African-Americans said that they would vote for Mr. Trump because he had been a successful business man. I’m proud of what President Obama achieved as President and here are a few reasons why. President Obama’s presidency was a historic event, many wondered or doubted that he could live up to the job. He proved that he could function in that capacity ,certainly as well as others and better than some. When I think of President Barack Obama’s tenure as president, I think about all things that he didn’t let happen to us on his watch, such as: World War 111, Gas lines, massive shortages and uncontrollable Domestic and Foreign Terrorist attacks that paralyzed the country. In addition , The Obama Family while in the White House maintained great dignity and avoided shameful scandals, to their credit.  Remember, at the end of the day, Presidents aren’t Kings or Magicians with a magic wand to wave. They all must Rule by Parliamentary Consensus, that includes President Donald Trump.

To those of us who have taken to the streets in protest as a result of things that were said ,revealed and occurred during a very toxic campaign process. I advise this, “PROTEST…YES!  RIOTS…NO!!!      Now is the time to learn the discipline required to be a Civil Rights Protester during the 50’s and 60’s. We must now , pause reflect and appreciate how much guts and discipline that it took to gain progress in the face of overpowering odds. Not only do I see anger and fear in the face of the protesters, I see hope, determination and a strong belief that their unselfish protest can make a difference. I ask them to Protest Legally at all times because they lose the Morale Authority for their cause when they break the law and destroy property and hurt others with rioting. In addition they do not best serve their purpose when they are violently arrested ,potentially causing themselves physical and personal injury. They could end up with a costly police record that limits their future activism or even a long term and expensive medical bill and physical disability.

Here is what I recommend, as a longtime African-Native American Descendant and Activist. Of course, the cause and people that you represent will be different from my Ancestor centered activism but possibly you can find some value in my oft stated paradigm. For the “enth thousand time” LOL, I say that my Dream is that my Activism will help trigger an All-inclusive Cultural Renaissance similar to the Harlem renaissance except instead of using the “New Negro”as the role model, we use the lives of Indigenous and Maroon Freedom Fighters to re-tell Western Hemisphere History. We have to start with the Discovery Holocaust of Indigenous Peoples and trace it up to today including Removal, Manifest Destiny and Contemporary Persecution.This body of knowledge and documented history will be included with the effects of the TransAtlanticSlave Trade, Industrial Slavery, Reconstruction Abuses ,Slavery by Another Name, Jim Crow Laws and further Persecution up to contemporary times including Black Lives Matter and etc.. Even in my call for a Cultural Renaissance, I firmly believe that it must be ALL-INCLUSIVE.

It must be All-Inclusive because even during the 1800’s when Slavery was at it’s height, there was always in the mist of it ,3% of the Dominant Culture who were willing to go to the wall and give the full measure of their and their family’s lives to fight Slavery. While doing my family’s research, I discovered that after the US Civil War those Maroon members of my Ancestors when they returned to Indian Territory and separated  into two bands of Seminole Maroons they named themselves the John Brown Band and the Jim Lane Band. Naming themselves that, after going through 21 battles as part of the 1st Indian Home Guard. They gave honor to the two White Warrior Abolitionists who had fought for their cause during America’s Civil War. It must be an All-Inclusive Cultural Renaissance.

Finally, what I am advocating is that for those who feel limited and powerless , please use Art,Music,Writing, Poetry, Film, Photography,Theater, Journal Keeping, Sports ,etc. . Find ways to express yourself that are not anti-social manifestations whose negative results will linger both internally and externally by following you through your life. Just because you have strong feelings that you are sure are just , be wise and channel that energy and manage those impulses into a creative representation of your inner feelings, fears and conflicts. BE SAFE.

Honor and Respect,

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico                                                       Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD TRUMP, FORT NEGRO AND FIXICO

CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD TRUMP !                   I never dreamed that I’d be forced to say those words. In truth, I didn’t think that the American People would elect someone to the highest office in the land with that person’s qualifications being centered in areas outside of government and who had not came up through the regular political infra-structure. Well , I and literally millions of other Americans and people around the world were wrong about your ability to become legally elected.

Frankly, President Elect Donald Trump, both publically and privately , I compared your rise to prominence to Adolph Hitler’s  career. Who  after a failed coup,  used the Democratic System to gain entry into the German government as Chancellor. After 3 months in office, he used a highly inflammatory incident to over-ride the democracy to ensconce himself as a dictator. Time will surely tell if you are a different type of leader and statesman for the American People or another version of a “STRONG MAN” who rules by force of Will.

Mr. Newt Gingrich, tells us that the historic President that you are most like is Andrew Jackson. As an African-Native American Descendant and Activist, this comparison is very troubling to me for several reasons. General and President Andrew Jackson was a Slave Owner and Indian Killer, who as a Military Officer and leader of the people  on countless occasions over-ruled legal protocol and did what his passions directed him to do. A very notable  event in his, “His Way or the Highway ” style of leadership was when the Supreme court ruled in favor of the Cherokee Nation’s right to remain on their Ancestral lands, in violation of President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 Indian Removal Act. President Jackson used the Army to illegally evict the Cherokee Indian Nation by forcing them on to the “Trail of Tears” where thousands of the members , mostly the elderly, the young and the sick succumbed to the rigors of the journey. Hitler in his book Mein Kampf said that he liked the way that America had treated “The Wild Indians”. There is no doubt that he instituted a heartless policy of forced removal that resulted in the loss of life of many people including Jews and various other  dissidents.

The photo above was taken on October 22nd, 2016 at “Fort Negro” on the Apalachicola  River in Florida. the occasion was the British Fort/Fort Gadsden 200th anniversary Commemoration of the “Negro Fort” Battle and Massacre. Florida at that time was Spanish Territory and because in 1694 the Spanish Monarch had issued an edit granting freedom to former enslaved Blacks who had escaped to Florida and embraced Catholicism and acted as militia , the area became a refuge for African-Americans fleing the U.S.  Slavocracy’s clutches. The countryside in and around the Negro Fort was inundated with Black Maroons and disaffected Indians all desperately seeking a safe sanctuary. General Jackson in collusion with President James Madison illegally sent the U.S. Military, including  the Army, Navy and Marine Corp into a foreign country without Congressional permission to ,as Gen. Jackson said: ” destroy the Negro Fort and return the stolen Negros and property to their rightful owners”. Since the 300+ occupants of a fort that had been armed by the British and left in the hands of 270 Blacks and 30 plus Seminole and Choctaw Indians refuse to surrender to the illegal invasion, the U.S. navy fired a red-hot cannon ball that explode the fort’s ammunition magazine, killing 200 Black women and children and 70 Black veterans of the British Corp of Marines who were defending the Fort.

My question to you President Elect Donald Trump, will you as President allow and permit the commemoration ceremony to continue at the British Fort/Fort Gadsden U.S. Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff. It was an important gesture of recognition by the United States Government , through it’s agency of the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. The photo above depicts a “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” that included 3 Chiefs and a High U.S.F.S official. I was the Ceremonial Elder officiating a portion of the ceremony and representing the Black Maroon victims of that tragic event. However, on that day our goal was to achieve “Healing and Reconciliation” after 200 years . I hope that your administration will not suppress this history  in the future.

President Elect Donald Trump, I as a citizen of the United States of America  and as a non-veteran Descendant 12 year member of the Los Angels Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry ( an official U.S. Army Association ) because you were legally elected I am bound to respect your office as President of the United States and as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Military. This I do swear to do. I will continue to exercise my Rights of Freedom of Speech, but I will respect the country’s decision of electing you as our President of the United States of America.

God Bless America,                                                                                           Trooper Phil “Pompey” Fixico                                                                     Member of the L.A. Chapter of the                                                                 Buffalo Soldiers

“TRANSCENDANCE”, BY-BLOOD CHIEFS, U.S. GOV’T OFFICIAL & SEMIROON PRESIDENT FIXICO AT FORT NEGRO

The photo above was taken on October 22nd, 2016, on the banks of the Apalachicola River, in Florida. The single tall flag pole to the right of the seven people facing the audience, marks the spot within the Negro Fort Sacred Battlefield  where on July 27th, 1816 a red-hot cannon ball fired by U.S. Gunship # 154 fired a shot into the Negro Fort’s ammunition magazine, instantly  killing 270 defenders and occupants of the “Fort Negro”.

That was 200 years ago and yet, the fact of it, still holds tremendous significance. The location has been called many names and occupied by many owners. The British Post, Fort Gadsen, Fort Blount ,to name a few.  Today, the United States Forest Service, the government agency who is it’s guardian, calls it the “British Fort National Historic Landmark”. The program pictured above is the first official state sponsored Commemorative Event that publically recognizes : “The Negro Fort Battle and Massacre of 1816”.

Of the 300 plus defenders who eventually died as a result of the combined attack made by the U.S. Military and their Creek Indian allies, approximately 270 were Maroons. It has been determined that 200 of this number were women and children, including 70 Maroon males  and 30 plus Seminole and Choctaw Warriors. I describe these people as Maroons because Maroons are Freedom Fighters and when asked to surrender ,meaning a return to SLAVERY, they refused. The first 3 people (on the Rt.) in the photo are two children and one male. For me in my way of thinking, the children in the picture symbolically represent the children who were in the fort when it was destroyed. The male represents the Maroons , I am the male and my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner was married to Prophet Abraham’s daughter Nancy. My grandfather Pompey Bruner Fixico was “Papa” Caesar’s son by a Mikasuki Seminole Women , Dinah Fixico Wind Clan Dawes Rolls Oklahoma Seminole Nation #900 Full-Blood. This relation made my grandfather a half brother to  Abraham’s  8 grand children by “Papa” Caesar and “Mama” Nancy’s  (7 boys and 1 girl).

Prophet Abraham was known to have been in and around the Negro Fort and very likely a member of the British Corp of Royal Marines. He went on to become the highest ranking Seminole Maroon in the First and Second Seminole War. In addition, it was he who interpreted and negotiated with Gen. Jesup , America’s 1st Emancipation Proclamation known as “Jesup’s Proclamation” in 1837 . It gave the Maroons the right to go FREE to Indian Territory. Since Abraham lived in the Bruner Band he obviously trained my g-grandfather Bruner Band Leader Caesar Bruner and Robert Johnson to become Interpreters and Negotiators. It was they, who helped interpret both the 1865 Fort Smith Truce that became the Seminole 1866 U.S. Indian Treaty. This of course was after they had fought in the U.S. Civil War , Where they served as members of the First Indian Home Guard, which fought in 21 battles during the war. I as their descendant and as the President of the Semiroon Historical Society spoke on this day for my Maroon ancestors.

The gentleman seated in front of the podium ,is the Muskogee Creek Principal Chief Mr. James Floyd.  Who by his own admission in his speech, said that his people fought on both sides of the battle.  The Gentleman,to Chief Floyd’s right, is Mr. Tony Tooks representing the United States Forest Service, he is the Regional Manager for the Southeastern U.S..  Seated on Mr. Tooks right is Mr. Joe Frank who was sent by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to represent his  Seminole Ancestors. Sadly ,I didn’t get the name of the young man to Mr. Joe Frank’s right, he represented the Choctaw Nation. We  all assembled on that historic and Sacred Battlefield to seek Healing and Reconciliation. Those who attended supplied the important ingredient of MERCY.

The U.S. Indian Territory Truce and Treaties were in part interpreted and negotiated by Caesar Bruner and Robert Johnson. The treaties were equal to the 13th,14th, and 15th amendments for Black Indians. Yet ,today we have dis-enrollment attempts and 2nd class citizen rights and benefits for Black Indians. However, the event sponsored by the USFS was responsible for giving the Descendants of Indian Removal and the TransAtlanticSlave a chance to come together in recognition of our joint History. this event was far beyond my wildest dreams because of the potential that it demonstrated.

Many of my relatives are angry with the Five Civilized Tribes because they feel that the Tribes have not lived up to the words agreed upon in the U.S. Treaties. I was not raised in any Black Indian Community and only learned  of my ancestry 17 years ago at age 52. Since I had no deep seated sense of entitlement, I created a one man organization, called the Semiroon Historical Society. I operate it under the principal of “TRANSCENDANCE”.

Transcendance, is one of 4 responses, mentioned in a thesis called Estelusti Marginality ,by Dr. R.V. Robertson.  Dr. Von Robertson is a Pan-Africanist Professor at Lamar University in Texas.  In his article, he discusses, the reaction of Black Indians , when By-Blood Indians reject their attempts to join Indian nations. The essay states that , Blacks usually respond in one of of four ways , they are called; Return- Blacks return to their own groups, Poise- “I know what I am ,whether By-Bloods accept me or not”, Assimilation- usually means overcoming the target groups non-acceptance to “fit in” and finally ,Transcendance- To rise above the rejection and what Black Indians feel is owed to them , by forming our own Indigenous-like groups. I have the necessary documentation and evidence linking me to a direct female ancestor on the Dawes rolls. Yet, I have not applied for membership and I remain in solidarity with those who only have Oral History. I further believe, that anyone, who wants to Celebrate this culture, for cultural purposes shouldn’t hesitate to do so.

Finally, Native Americans make up about , 1.5 % of the US population and African-Americans represent ,about 12.5 %. My experiences lead me to believe that at least 60 % of African Americans, THINK that they have either Native American ancestry or Shared History. We (African-Americans), undeniably have the numbers, so why don’t we just start out using and enjoying the culture, on our own turf, while we work,  to create our own African-Native American groups. We can do this by beginning an all-Inclusive Cultural Renaissance, similar to the Harlem Renaissance where instead of using  the “New Negro” as the protagonist for our Renaissance we use African-Native American Maroon Freedom Fighters as our Heroes and Sheroes role models in our cultural movement. The Smithsonian Institution’s Book and exhibit ,entitled: “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas ( my story was written and researched by Dr. Kevin Mulroy) and the book, Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by author William L. Katz  will make great road maps to guide us along our journey.

In closing , I will say that if I had not been following the principle of “TRANSCENDANCE”, I would not have been invited to participate in this great and historic commemoration at “Fort Negro”.

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

P.S. There are 3 officials of the USFS, who will forever remain dear to me, they are: Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough , Heritage and Tribal Program Manager ,USFS, Ms. Erika Davis, Staff Supervisor and Ms. Kelly Russell, Supervisor of the Forest, without their intense stewardship of this project  my involvement in it would never have taken place. May the good Lord Bless and Keep them for their Hard work and tender mercies! Amen.

REV. JESSE JACKSON, CARL NELSON, STEVIE WONDER, U.S. FOREST SERVICE AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH

This morning October 17th, 2016 as the rains came down in Los Angeles , California. I awoke from a very powerful dream, it’s power was in the sense of reality that I felt while it was progressing. I won’t describe the dream but I will say that it evoked a continuing and recurring spiritual manifestation that has come to my mind occasional over several years. “I’ll say praise God… ‘Cause God is Good and Greatly to be Praised”. Hooray and Hallelujah !!!

I am literally a few days away from participating in the upcoming Bicentennial Commemoration of the British Fort Historic Landmark at the Apalachicola River, also known as the Negro Fort. This historic event will be put on by the  United States Forest Service. I was originally invited by Rhonda Kimbrough, the Heritage Program Manager and I have since then also been in touch with Staff Supervisor Erika Davis and Supervisor of the Forest Kelly Russell. I am a Seminole Maroon Activist who is currently featured in the Smithsonian Museum’s book and exhibit, entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.

I was informed by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough that I could participate in the event as long as I was connected to the Negro Fort. Since four branches of my  family trees were either in or around the Negro Fort, I qualify. They were Fixicos (Mikasuki),Bowlegs (Seminole Maroon) Bruner and Rentie African Creek. A documented and very identifiable  connection was the fact that my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner who later became the Bruner Band of Oklahoma Maroon Band Leader was married to the most famous Black Freedom Fighter in Fort Negro’s History and in the History of the Seminole People. That man was Prophet Abraham. “Papa” Caesar was married to Abraham’s daughter Nancy ( I recently received a family tree that corrected my belief that Nancy was Abraham’s granddaughter). Abraham lived with his daughter Nancy and my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner for much of his life in Oklahoma Indian territory) It is believed that Papa Caesar as a Seminole Maroon Leader had 19 children. It is well documented that he and Mama Nancy had 8 children, 7 boys and one girl. My grandfather was Pompey Bruner Fixico one of Papa Caesars children outside of his marriage ,which was totally allowable. Therefore, Prophet Abraham’s grandchildren were half brothers and sisters to my grandfather whose mother Dinah Fixico was a Full-Blood Mikasuki Wind Clan Seminole  ,Dawes Rolls #900.

My research leads me to believe that my grandfather was meant to be an anchor baby between the Seminole By blood and the Maroons. Dinah Fixico’s father was  Osa eneha Fixico  (meaning one who speaks for the chief who was Octiarche) and her mother was Lucy. Caesar Bruner and Osa Eneha had fought together in the First Indian Home Guard a Union Regiment, which participated in 21 battles during the US Civil War. My connection would also have been increased by the likelihood that my Bruner and Rentie Ancestors came down from Alabama Creek Territory after the Redstick War and Bowlegs Ancestors who left the Alachua area would have traded at the Negro Fort before taking refuge in Suwanee and later Angola.  The Negro Fort was truly a beacon to the refugees of the Hawkins/Jefferson Era. Yes I’m connected.

As the event draws near I want to thank Rev. Jesse Jackson ,including his daughter Santita for allowing me to speak about the Negro Fort Event several times on their “Keep Hope Alive ” Radio show on Chicago’s WVON radio station. I owe so much to my dear friend and Brother in the Struggle WOLDC Radio Host Mr. Carl Nelson. He knew what his listeners didn’t know which was the importance of this recognition of Fort Negro by the United States Forest Service. Carl allowed me to get a plug in, countless times on the his show. Don’t get it twisted, my Activism has operated off of a “Vow of Poverty”. This is not a money making endeavor for me, it’s about the Sacred History of my Ancestors.

This morning after my dream , I called into the “Frontpage”  program, which is Mr. Stevie Wonder’s # one Black Talk Show in Southern California. It is hosted by Ms. Dominique Diprima and Assistant Producer Angela Hoffman. Today’s guest was the premier Scholar and prolific Author Dr. Gerald Horne. Below is a transcript of my call into the station: ( Dr. Horne’s replies will be paraphrased)

“Greeting’s Dr. Dominique and Dr. Horne. Dr. Horne, I know that you have written about it. Why is the United States Government, now ready to publically recognize the Fort Negro Massacre? I have been invited by the U.S. Forest Service as a Fort Negro Era Descendant to participate in the ceremony. I’d like to get your take on it”.(my call ends) To paraphrase Dr. Horne, he said that he hadn’t heard of it. He also mentioned that he opened his book “NEGRO COMRADES OF THE CROWN ” with the Negro Fort Battle. In his conclusion and answer to my question he said” If the caller is correct, it is overwhelmingly POSITIVE that the US Government is about to recognize it”.

The photo above, is of my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner the man for whom the Caesar Bruner Band of the Oklahoma Nation of Seminole still carries his name today.

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico                                                                         Seminole Maroon Descendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN SINGLETON’S “ROSEWOOD”, BIRTH OF A NATION AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

Well, it’s Friday night in the City of the Angels, that’s Los Angeles, California . I hope the Angels like helicopters because they have been hovering above, quite a bit lately. I guess it’s the sign of the times. What times are these that we need so many eyes in the sky and boots on the ground?

I heard early this morning  on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage” Talk Show  that tonight at L.A.’s # 1 Black Book Store, Eso Won Books, a panel of experts would be convened to discuss Mr. Nate Parker’s film “Birth of a Nation”. The experts were : Ayuko Babu (Executive Director, Pan African Film Festival and Commisioner of the California Film Commission), Erin Aubry (Writer, LA Times and LA Weekly),Gary Phillips (Writer and  Community Activist) and Jasmyne Cannick (Journalist, Writer and Community Activist. All four of the panelists I might add were scholarly and erudite. When they all spoke to the same question each one had their own take on it an all of there answers were lively and compelling.

The house was packed with standing room only. When I finally got a chance to make a comment , I took the opportunity to speak on the upcoming Bicentennial Commemoration at the British Fort and Historical Landmark on the  Apalachicola River in Florida, this site is of course better known as the Negro Fort. The eager attendees hung on every word said by every speaker. They were also  interested in what I had to say, just as I was, when noted Director Mr. John Singleton shared his experiences. He addressed the details of what he went through,  before, during and after the making of the movie :ROSEWOOD which was produced and released by Warner Brothers Studio in 1997.

The Rosewood plot read like this , “Rosewood, Florida a small. peaceful town with an almost entirely African-American population of middle-class homeowners, until New Years’s Day 1923, when a lynch mob from a neighboring white community storms the town”. It starred, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight and Estter Rolle.  Since “Rosewood” and “Birth of a Nation” were both Black Resistance Genre films, I conjectured that the audience that had gathered into the Eso Won book store in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles would be  interested in the upcoming Commemoration of the Fort Negro Battle and Massacre.

I had to leave before the event was over and on my way out , I stopped to speak with Mr. Singleton about the Negro Fort and I even gave him a copy of the Press Release that had been written by Mr. William L. Katz the Author of the Classic book, “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage. Thousands have learned about the Negro Fort from his book including me. So I made my Sidewalk Pitch to Mr. Singleton about Fort Negro even though he told us that he couldn’t get work for 3 years after the making of “ROSEWOOD”.

We must never forget our History lest we repeat it. We certainly don’t want to repeat Tulsa, Rosewood or the Negro Fort.

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

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

 

 

 

 

DO TRUMP’S WORDS ECHO SLAVE OWNER JEFFERSON’S WORDS TO WASHINGTON ABOUT 14 YR. OLD SALLY HEMINGS ?

Friday October 7, 2016, I called in to Radio Station WOLDC and  spoke to the award winning Host Mr. Carl Nelson. He has been so generous in allowing me the opportunity, to inform the public about my upcoming “PEACE MISSION” to “Fort Negro”. below is a paraphrased transcript of my words on Friday.

“Greetings Bro Carl, Hillary Clinton  may not be Eleanor Roosevelt, but her presidency would be much less disastrous than Mr. Trump’s. I agree with Mr. Trump that no matter what he does or says , there is a voting block that will remain loyal to him. Due to changing demographics society is approaching the end of the White Male Political Dominance Era”. (I don’t Blame White Males for voting for Mr. Trump).

“As far as the Nate Turner Uprising Movie is concerned, that story has always been allowed because it FAILED”! (The paragraph below is not part of the transcript, it was added after Ms. Mitchell was offended by my use of the word failure.)

A Writer by the name of Juliette Porter took issue with my characterization that the Nat Turner Uprising Failed. My answer to her, is to alter my Blog, by saying , any show of RESISTANCE in the face of Oppressors,should not be described as a failure by the Freedom Fighters who put their lives on the line. Ms. Porter is a native Virginian and was twice offended by my treatment of the Nat Turner Uprising. I was wrong to call it a failure and I apologize to any and all, who were offended  by my statement. I don’t want to spoil anyone’s day at the movie. Transcript begins again, below:

“The most successful Black Uprising in our history happened when Black Seminoles won their FREEDOM to go to Indian Territory under “General Jesup’s Proclamation”, which was the 1st Emancipation Proclamation”.  I will end this transcript here.

As a caller on a Radio Show you really don’t have much time to make comparisons. I have been frustrated for many years by the fact that the Victors write History and  tend to showcase not only uprisings that failed but, almost all that weren’t successful didn’t succeed because one of the members informed on the others. This gives me a chance to mention Fort Negro, readers of the details can certainly say that since Fort Negro was destroyed, that the uprising also failed. I think that one of the many things that made the defenders of Fort Negro victorious is that they refused to surrender

When I speak about the changing demographics, I mean that as the immigrant’s children become voter’s and as the population shifts, White interests will become less guaranteed . This is obvious and the words that Mr. Trump said to another Dominant White Male on a “Hot Mic” shows that as my Great Acting Teacher, Academy Award Nominated Beah Richards intimates  in her Signature Monologue, “A Black Woman Speaks” that the White Woman herself was included in Slavery.

In memory, of Beah Richards, I ask the question : “What did Thomas Jefferson tell George Washington about the 14 year old child and female Sally Hemings , after all HE OWNED HER?

Never Forget, Fort Negro or the fact that the U.S. Forest Service will put on a Bicentennial Ceremony at the British Fort Historic Landmark on the Apalachicola River in the Apalachicola Forest. We must thank people like Rhonda Kimbrough, Erika Davis and Kelly Russell who are high ranking officials of a United States Government Agency. They are working tirelessly to allow this much needed eventto happen. I fervently believe that it’s occurence will lead our country towards the Healing and reconciliation of a part of our History that is overdue .

Honor and Respect,

Phil “Pompey” Fixico ,

Seminole Maroon Descendant

TRUMP’S WALL, MALL & GAMBLING HALL EQUALS BLACK’S STALL

Last night on October 4th, 2016, I watched the Vice Presidential Debate on-line. I haven’t watched Television since 2010. The  reason is that when I moved into a different location I didn’t pay for the Digital Convertor box needed if one has an (Old) Analog TV. Well, I figured since I mostly concern myself with doing Historical Research, maybe I could get a few more hours of study time in without the temptation of countless “24 hour news-cycles”. In causal conversation with friends ,when they discovery that I don’t have a functioning TV, they always gasp : “That’s dangerous you won’t know what’s going on”!!!!

I do watch current News programs, that have been posted on-line , these of course don’t match up to endless updates that usually are only nuanced tweets to the original news story. I guess a few other “OLD F@#TS” like me (I’m 69 years old, who don’t have a LIFE) live a version of what I’m doing. Oh yea…I also BLOG. I have written and posted over 100, they average between 500 and 900 words. If I have a life, it’s as a Seminole Maroon Descendant Activist. Yea…that’s who I am LOL. Some years ago a Scholar scoffed at my efforts by saying : “You are only saying what other people have already said that you read on the computer”!

WOW ,that was a well aimed ZINGER. However, while it was  not far  of the mark, it was not entirely TRUE. Seventeen years ago at age 52, after finally confirming the identity of my biological father and being welcomed into the family, I began my systematized search to discover who were the people that our Ancestors belonged to. In over a half century of UNKNOWINESS where did my innate character/personality traits and physical characteristics come from?

I had not been raised in any of the Seminole Maroon Communities in the Greater Diaspora and that was problematic on one level but as  I found out later, it was  a tremendous opportunity to gather a small library (35 books) and find out what History and the Scholars said they had learned. I not only did this I reached out to Scholar’s like Kevin Mulroy, Ph.D. to create a correspondence with a recognized expert . Dr. Kevin Mulroy, was the “World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons” and Dr. Mulroy introduced me to (via computor)  Dr. Richard Price the “World’s Leading Authority on Maroons”. He wrote the landmark  book : “Maroon Societies” Rebel Slave communities in the Americas. My friend and mentor, Dr. Kevin Mulroy , became my Smithsonian Institution Researcher for the book and exhibit: “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Professor Joseph Opala , who is currently preparing Bunce Island as a Museum played a role in my development as did Dr. Heriberto Dixon and of course so did, Mr. William L. Katz  the distinguished author of : “Black Indians A Hidden Heritage” he added much to my tutelage. He even added my name to the dedication of the latest edition of his classic book “Black Indians A Hidden Heritage”. in the the photo above I am presenting a copy of it to Congresswoman Maxine Waters at a Cinco De Mayo Celebration in Gardena, California a few years ago.

My own research and my scholarly contacts prepared me to take advantage of a very important leg up that I had , it was that I had became an “Informed Descendant”. Once I interviewed my family’s Matriarchs and Patriarchs of each branch I was in a wonderful position to reconcile their narrative Oral History with my library, computer and a myriad of primary source documents , letters, newspaper articles, obituaries, pictures and etc information.

Now on to the title of this Blog, After President Barack Obama became President ,during his second term I heard an expression concerning African-American progress since his election. It was ,  “THE ILLUSION OF INCLUSION”, I believe, meaning it’s an illusion to think that since, we have a Black Man and Family in the White House that as a race “WE HAVE ARRIVED INTO AMERICAN SOCIETY AS A FULL PARTNER”. I will not support or deny the entirety of this catch phrase and I ask African-Americans not to surrender their better judgement into believing what I have termed as Mr. Trump’s well aired Campaign Slogan “I Will Build A WALL”.

This could set some of us in  the African-American  Community to assume what I call the “ILLUSION OF EXCLUSION” belief.  Here’s how this work’s, many African-American’s believe that Latino Immigrant’s are the source of our community’s lack of job’s and general economic stagnation. While that scenario is not hard to fathom but we must be careful not to make the leap of faith that this “EXCLUSION”of one group automatically guarantees that we will be the recipients of what the then expelled group leaves behind. The “Map is NOT the Territory” as Hayakawa says.

Consider this sequence, Mr. Trump builds a “WALL” and like Prohibition, when Alcohol became illegal, it created the era known as the “Roaring Twenties”.  The value of BOOZE went up astronomically because it was against the law.  How many ways can a wall be comprised and how many unethical people can profit by it’s vulnerability. So , Mr. Trump, who is a Genius for enriching himself by his own words and reliable reports say, for holding on to his riches at the cost of Society, not only will, if allowed have and control a Wall, in many other Mr. Trump Properties he also has a Mall . Here’s a nightmare, those Blacks who voted  for the Wall will not be hired in the Mall or even in Mr. Trump’s Gambling Hall. As Mr. Trump as already informed us in the Black Community we are trapped in a STALL which is where we live . He doesn’t show us the new jobs or new  community that will automatically become ours . We shouldn’t buy into the “WALL,MALL, STALL” hustle .

Finally ,if we forget our History we will repeat it. We can’t afford to forget ,Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. ,the Tulsa Massacre and the “Fort Negro Freedom Fighters”. we also shouldn’t forget that During the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the then Negro Community’s  Best friend in the White House was Eleanor Roosevelt, she stood up for the Negro Community in a way that her Democratic President Husband Franklin Roosevelt could not . Check our History,  if it were not for Eleanor Roosevelt there NEVER would have been a heroic military unit known as the TUSKEGEE AIRMAN,  nor would Marian Andersen have been allowed to perform in Washington DC..

Much of the Racist dogma and doctrine as espoused by Hitler (by his own admission) was inspired by the works of the American   Eugenicist Madison Grant. Hitler said that Grant’s book the “The Passing of the Great Race” was bible bible.   Hitler said that he liked the way America handled their “Wild Indian” problem and his “Final Solution” plan certainly draws parallels to Grants and other International Eugenicists belief in Darwin’s concept of Natural Selection that led to the Social Engineering Techniques used by 19th and 20th century Dictators.  Speaking of dictators, Hitler used a democratic process to gain power and in a matter of months used a national Emergency to take power.

In closing, I submit , that President Bill Clinton by the African-American Community should be given credit for passing under his administration the : National Underground Railroad/Network  to Freedom 1998 Act. This public Law states that  America must never forget the Underground Railroad   or the Network to Freedom  . That was a great achievement made possible by the Clinton Administration . I know because, I am a Private-Sector-Partner   for the National Underground Railroad / Network to Freedom  and recently I have become an Official Volunteer for the United States  Forest Service  and I will be participating in the Bicentennial Commemoration at the British  Fort and Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff . On October 22nd 2016 Descendants  ,with an Agency of the United States of America, including other interested parties, we will exercise our legal right  to seek Healing and Reconciliation  of the “Fort Negro” Battle and Massacre .

Honor and Respect ,

Phil (Pompey) Fixico ,Seminole Maroon Descendant

AMIRI BARAKA, DOMINIQUE DI PRIMA, DR. KELLIE JONES’S MAC ARTHUR “GENIUS” AWARD & FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Amiri Baraka, Dominique Di Prima and Dr. Kellie Jones all won the Mac Arthur Fellowship “Genius” Award. Well not exactly…yes, there is only one name on the actual award. However, in the opinion of millions of readers, lookers and listeners around the world one thing that these three Human Beings hold in common is that each one of them has captivated Humanity with brilliant things to read, look at or listen to. The other thing that they share is DNA and GENEALOGY because while the great genius and Co-Founder/Father of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT in America is Amiri Baraka,  he is also the biological father of Dr. Kellie Jones and Ms. Dominique Diprima two rock solid Geniuses/Genii in their own right .

I get it, maybe these people are descendants of  a powerful pair of GENIES, who were Masters of Creative Arts. Hmm… well there is another very notable off-spring named Mr. Ras J. Baraka who is a well received and highly acclaimed Mayor of Newark ,New Jersey. I refrain from mentioning all of Master Amiri Baraka’s children  because, if I keep going I’ll have to change the title on this blog and turn it into a book .

We all know that Ms. Dominique Di Prima, is and has been on the “MIKE” at Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station FM 102.3 for many years. She is the Award Winning Host and Producer of the “Number One Black Talk Show ” in Southern California the Legendary “FRONTPAGE” Show. Ms. Di Prima brings a massive arsenal of talents and experiences to the table and it is thoroughly understandable why Mr. Stevie Wonder has appointed her to open the “Business Day” for his Radio Station, 5 days a week from 4:30 am to 6:00 am. Each day begins with an incredible array of themed topics that includes “Hot Topic Tuesday” and Radio Free Friday”. On these two days she allows “loads of listens” to call in with current national events and local topics of interest. With her able crew and intrepid Associate Producer Ms. Angela Hoffman,  they can and do handle anything thing that comes their way.

On to Dr. Kellie Jones, she is an Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Dr. Kellie Jones has a PH.D from Yale University and has won prior awards from the Warhol Foundation and a Driskell Award. She is a noted and distinguished  scholar by International Standards. Let’s talk a bit about her latest achievement, the MacArthur Fellowship better known as the “GENIUS GRANT”. This award is given annually to those who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction” and who are citizens or residents of the United States.  According to the grant’s website: “the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential”. It further states that “the current prize is $625,000 paid over five years in quarterly installments. What is so significant about the award is that the recipient can do whatever they want with the money WOWWWW$$@@$$!!!!!!!!!!!

Master Amiri Baraka himself was also an award winner during his reign, he won the “OPEN BOOK Award  a very prestigious literary achievement. His work ranged from but was not limited to Black Liberation and White Racism. He worked professionally as a Poet,Writer,Music Critic, Actor, Theater Producer and Director. He received a B.A. Degree from Howard University and taught at both the University of New York at Buffalo and University of New York at Stony Brook.

This morning October 3rd 2016, I had the privilege of calling into the “FRONTPAGE” Show as Ms. Di Prima was interviewing Dr. Kellie Jones who has recently had involvement with the “New” National Museum of African American History and Culture. My question to Dr. Jones was ,did she know if the NMAAHC would be including the “indiVisible”:African-Native American Lives in the Americas to it’s collection as a traveling exhibit ? She felt that it was an exciting idea. It was a wonderful interview and Dr, Jones’ comments were all very positive and upbeat.

On a final note , we need Master Amiri Baraka’s VOICE to tell the world about  the British Fort Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff also known as “Fort Negro”.  I’m performing a Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the Victims and the Descendants at the site on the Apalachicola River in the Apalachicola National Forest on October 22nd 2016 Thanks to The United States Forest Service, represented by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough, Ms. Erika Davis and Supervisor of the Forest Ms. Kelly Russell, we will after 200 years       publically seek Healing and Reconciliation.

 

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Phil “Pompey” Fixico ,                                                                                    Seminole Maroon Descendant  and                                                                US FOREST SERVICE VOLUNTEER

The Photo above includes myself on the Lt. and Master Amiri Baraka (Rt.). We are holding a copy of author William L. Katz’s classic  book entitled: “Black Indians A Hidden Heritage”. We are at the Leimert Park Book Fare a few years ago. Within the pages of Mr. Katz’s book, thousands of readers including myself have learned the true story about “FORT NEGRO”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMES BILLIE FLORIDA’S SEMINOLE CHIEF,SENDS JET FOR”FORT NEGRO” DESCENDANTS IN THE BAHAMAS

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !!!

Hey Y’ALL…Sorry but the Cavalry ain’t comin’ !!! Even though the horses are signed up for swimming lessons they won’t be ready  to swim to the Bahamas and back, in time for the United States Forest Service Bicentennial Commemoration at the British Fort Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola River in the National Apalachicola Forest on October 22nd, 2016. No, not in time to bring several Negro Fort Descendants to Florida for the event. However, the Florida Seminole known as “Chief Jim Billie”, a Vietnam  Vet who not only served as a Special Forces combatant during the conflict  has since then, become the Official Chief of the Florida Tribe of Seminoles and he is sending his luxurious “PRIVATE JET” to the rescue, I mean to put them in and bring’em to Florida.

It is a Rescue Mission, how else could they be able to participate. This is not a mandated event, this history was  for two hundred years been known but to a few insiders. Even though , it was put in the Congressional Record by Ohio Congressman and Abolitionist Josha Giddings and written about by him in his book “The Exiles of Florida”. Most Americans don’t know about it because it is too controversial to be put in school curriculums along side the required  Massacre subjects like the Alamo and Custer’s Last Stand. A high ranking official marveled at my “interest and enthusiasm” in the area and story. Every U.S. Forest Service employee and Commemoration Committee member has been so welcoming to me. After all, I’m an outsider…In 1947 I was born in the Los Angeles Negro Community , our  Nile River was a street called “Central Avenue”.

Central Avenue was famous for a lot of things like Jazz and Black Businesses, due to Segregation Laws we had no place else to go. Many of us were refugees from across the USA. My biological mother’s father was an African Cherokee Pullman Porter who brought the family here in the 1930’s. My biological father’s family were Seminole Maroons they came here as refugees from Oklahoma Indian Territory. When they met again and got pregnant with me, unfortunately they were both already married to other people. The irony is that my mother and father had met as teenagers in Witchta, Kansas a very typical place of refuge  for African-Indians and Maroons dating back before the Civil War. When I came along, being born on the wrong side of the blanket didn’t  help. Especially, since there was Oil money involved  connected to the Fixico #1 Oil Well. As a potential heir, one of four. I was squeezed out and didn’t even learn about my true genealogy until I was 52 years old. To make it clear: “BEING A SEMINOLE MAROON ACTIVIST IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO”!!!! However, it fell to me like a PURPOSE and I’m AFRAID… not to do it! My mind and heart tell me that ,”IF I WALK AWAY FROM MY PURPOSE, TO DO SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO DO…THEN MY LIFE WILL BE THE PITTS…AND LIVED FOR A LESSOR REASON THAN THE TRUE PURPOSE THAT WAS FAIRLY SHOWN TO ME. Case Closed Next Defendant. It could be worse, I could not have a PURPOSE and not know what I want to do LOL.

If somebody can convince me that I’m wrong , please be my guest. In 2012 I was one of 11 Descendants chosen by the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom to be a VIP Descendant at their annual conference. It was held in St. Augustine, Fl. and it was dedicated to salute the Black Seminoles and the Gullah-Geechee. It had been determined that those Gullah-Geechee from Sierra Leone who were enslaved in South Carolina , at the invitation from Spain, escaped into Spanish Florida where they became Black Seminoles. There Blacks and Indians formed a powerful alliance. Read the book “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage written by Author William L. Katz. I learned about Fort Negro by reading his book. He was the first to make a press release for my trip to Suriname as the North American Maroon Descendant in 2015, I was chosen thanks to Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon and the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation.

The photo at the top of this Blog shows 4 people , the Lady is none other than Dr. Rosalyn Howard an Anthropologist ,she wrote :”The Black Seminoles of the Bahamas”. The other 3 males are Descendants of the Bowlegs Family , meaning that one branch of our family tree tree was composed of Seminole Maroons who had been with Chief Bowlegs in areas like ,the Alachua prairie, Suwanee, Angola, the Negro Fort and etc.. We relate to each other as Bowlegs Cousins . My Oklahoma Bowlegs family headed by Matt Bowlegs and Lucy Jefferson were the largest Bowlegs family among the Post-Civil War Seminole Maroons in the Indian Territory that later became Oklahoma. In the photo ,I’m in the middle, Douglas (an Artist) is on my right and Wilton (a Muscian) is on my left.

Thanks to the generosity and the humanitarianism  of the United States Forest Service and the Seminole Tribe of Florida we will be re-united. I’d like to thank Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough ,Heritage Program Manager, Ms. Erika Davies P.E. /Staff Officer anf Ms. Kelly Russell the Supervisor of the Forest of Florida’s National Forests. As of late , I have become acquainted with Dr. Paul Backhouse the Historic Preservation Officer of the Florida Seminole Tribe and through him and my own research I have come to appreciate the  the greatness of “Chief Jim Billie”. I look forward to meeting and greeting everyone very soon .

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA SEMINOLE CHIEF JAMES BILLIE, DR. PAUL BACKHOUSE, SEMIROON PEACE BELT AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !!!

September 26,2016 this morning I had the esteemed pleasure of speaking with Dr. Paul Backhouse , who is the  Historic Preservation Officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In addition to being an high ranking official of one of America’s respected and powerful Indigenous Nations, Dr. Paul Backhouse is in the tradition of his People an extremely warm and friendly HUMAN BEING.

My call to Dr. Paul Backhouse at the  Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum in Clewiston, Florida was to clear my presentation of the Semiroon Peace Belt (A Chief’s version ) to the current Chairman and Chief Mr. James Edward Billie. Who is worthy of any “Lifetime Achievement Award that can be given to him. His reputation for working tirelessly in behalf of the Tribe is nothing less than legendary. Chief Billie will also deliver the Keynote Speech for the event.  My initial nervousness in contacting the Seminole tribe of Florida comes from the fact that even though a good part of my ancestry is Seminole Maroon I have had very little contact with Traditional Indigenous Peoples. I was not raised in any of the Indian Country By-Blood or Maroon communities that I am a  documented Descendant of.

My ancestry was hidden from me before I was even born and I did not satisfactorily confirm my biological father’s identity until I was 52 years old. My genealogy was significant enough to be featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s book and exhibit ,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. When I spoke with Dr. Paul Backhouse, I mentioned that this exhibit at been presented at the Tribe’s Library and he remembered  it being there. All I know is from the documentation that Dr. Kevin Mulroy ( the World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons) discovered and what I learned from family history is this. When my Maroon Ancestor’s left Florida under General Jesup’s and Prophet Abraham’s “Articles of Capitulation” in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s  “There was Blood on the Ground and Smoke in the Air”. Through further research including help from Mr. Pare Bowlegs the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma’s Historic Preservation Officer,  I learned that my great grandmother Dinah Fixico (# 900 Dawes Rolls) was a Fullblood Mikasuki Seminole of the Octiarche Band. Her father was Osa eneha Fixico.

My g-grandmother’s  people’s Band did everything that they could to remain in Florida. It is in the military records that the women had snuffed the children under two years old and the the men had agreed to “put to death anyone who brought to them an offer of peace”. However ,in the group’s extremity they trusted the White flag of the US Military and were captured in December of 1842 at Fort Brooke near Tampa.

Back to today, I knew that the “Unconquerable Seminole Tribe of Florida ” had remain unconquered by holding firm to their Strong Traditional customs which included remaining isolated from so-called New World Civilization. Therefore, I wondered if my call as a Descendant of those who , for whatever reasons were compelled to take “THE BIG BOAT RIDE” would be welcomed.

Well “HOORAY and HALLELUJAH” it was welcomed with open arms!! There is more great news in the fact that we are all being brought together by the United States Forest Service to participate in the British Fort Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff’s Bicentennial Commemoration to be held at the site , on October 22nd, 2016. I now am an official Forest Service Volunteer thanks to my friends Rhonda Kimbrough,Heritage Program Manager Erika Davis, P.E.  Staff Officer and Supervisor of the Forest Ms. Kelly Russell. When this historic program draws to it’s conclusion I will have the honor of performing the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” It is a Performance-Art Presentation not meant to challenge anyones religious doctrine or cultural beliefs.

In the photo, above I am shown with the Paramount Chief and Grand Gaaman Bono de Velantie of the Ndyuka Maroons of Suriname ,South American. I owe this great honor to The Maroon Women Chamber of of Cooperation, and Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon who brought me to Suriname as the North American Maroon Representative for their 2015 National Maroon Day Celebration.  In the photo I have  presented his Majesty with a Lifetime Achievement Certificate and around his shoulders he wears  the only , other Chief’s Version of the Semiroon Peace Belt.  I wear the “Original” as Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society.  Now that I have cleared “Protocol” with The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s  ,Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Paul Backhouse. It is on to the site, where on October 22nd at   the “Negro Fort” . There 200 years ago Maroons and Indigenous families stood together, in a Solidarity they held  sacred enough to die for. We as  Descendant and other interested parties, will be  helped by an official agency of the United States of America in the  pursuit of Healing and Reconciliation will all, pay homage to those Ancestors as Descendants of that “Era” and we who convene and will prove on that day, that our country has made inspiring and ever hopeful progress since July 27th, 1816.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Seminole Maroon Descendant

P.S. I first learned about the Negro Fort from the book ” Black Indians ” A Hidden Heritage by Mr. William L. Katz.

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CB MAGNESS Rainbow PUSH,KELLY RUSSELL U.S. FOREST SERVICE, DR. CHENZIRA DAVIS KAHINA UVI, “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is September 15th ,2016 and the week leading up to this date has blessed my efforts to expand the general public’s knowledge about the British Fort National Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff  known to many others as the Negro Fort with an embarrassment riches. Praise GOD ! High level communications are pouring into my mobile “OPERATION FORT NEGRO” Control Center.

Let us begin with the 1st name in this Blog’s title, CB Magness, I first heard this name on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s WVON Chicago based “Keep Hope Alive ” radio show. During my recent call into the program after hearing my comment about “Fort Negro” and that ,”It’s important for people to vote because it does matter ,who becomes President” Reverend Jackson , in a “TAKE ACTION JACSKSON” voice said “SEND THIS INFORMATION TO CB MAGNESS @ rainbowPUSH.org ! I complied and I had the great privilege of making contact with a Deputy Director of the RainbowPUSH,Coalition. Director CB Magness has become the Liasion Officer to Reverend Jesse concerning “OPERATION FORT NEGRO”. PRAISE GOD AGAIN !! Director Magness has confirmed transmission of the “Fort Negro File” to Reverend Jackson and we are in process of preparing a request for Reverend Jackson to simply endorse my “Peace Mission” to the site and to recognize the Unites States Forest Service for making the Commemoration possible. To CB MAGNESS, I say “Who do you want to play your character in the  MOVIE”? Reverend Jackson put her in the script when he called here name over the radio.

Speaking about the MOVIE, I will upon my return from “OPERATION FORT NEGRO” prepare and post a Film Treatment/ Movie Synopsis, to forward to potential producers. Many of which I have already supplied with historical background information. The United States Forest Service staff members will certainly figure prominently in the cast of characters. My suggestion is that a “Contemporary” Apalachicola Forest and River setting is used to cut production costs and a series of flashback segments be used to portray the event.

Returning to the United States Forest Service staff members you have heard me speak about Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough, Heritage Program Manager, Ms. Erika Davis, Staff Officer, Historian Mr. Dale Cox and committee members Willard Steele and M Shack. Well this week I received a letter from Ms. Kelly Russell Forest Supervisor, National Forests in Florida. He recognized me as a U.S. Forest Service Volunteer and thanked me for volunteering to participate in the upcoming commemorative event at British Fort National Historic Landmark in the Apalachicola National Forest. He also said that the “Peace Belt Ceremony” that I have offered to do would add a special a touch to the formal commemorative ceremony. In closing he thanked me for helping to spread the word about the site which he considers a “special place”. Mr. Kelly Russell’s letter to me rates a very high place among my Activism momentos. It was extremely nice of him to take the time to make sure that I feel like a member of the United States Forest Service Volunteer Family.

Finally, United States Virgin Islands Educator and Western Hemisphere Activist, Dr. ChenziRa Davis Kahina, posted an impressive Art work and informative article about “Fort Negro” on my FACEBOOK page . In her comment she re-inforced the importance of studying and spreading the word to students and elders about the Negro Fort. Dr. ChenziRA Davis Kahina is for me an extremely important collaborator in our work to decolonize the masses thinking through informed education. I consider her to be a Faithful Daughter in the Struggle. In addition when I was in the Caribbean some years ago ,I received a disquieting veiled threat from an intruder. However, she was there for me with the interpretation and intelligence that I needed to continue my work. I will never forget her help.

A final point about seeking to interest Hollywood into producing a movie about the British Fort National Historic Landmark in the Apalachicola National Forest, in all honesty I feel that it will be easier to find producers for a film set in the Apalachicola Forest whose main theme is a drama about the importance of managing America’s precious ecosystems that includes the Negro Fort History as a subplot. I know that the Ancestors are there because this event will be an important reunion of Descendants. In studying the profile of Ms. Kelly Russell, I was stunned to learn that today’s Forest Supervisor was once a “PEACE CORP” Volunteer in Sierra Leone, many Black Seminoles and Gullah Geechees trace their ancestry to Sierra Leone. They like my Ancestors both Maroon and Indigenous would have been in and around the Negro Fort in the era of the British Fort at Prospect Bluff.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant                                 and United States Forest Service Volunteer

In the Photo above, I am holding the “Original Semiroon Peace Belt”. P.S. It was in the book “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage by Author William L. Katz , that I first learned about Fort Negro  some years ago. Thanks Bill !!

 

 

REVEREND JESSE JACKSON’S RAINBOW PUSH TO HELP PROMOTE “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

 

Today is the solemn anniversary of the 9/11/01 attack on America by Islamic Terrorists. Let us pause and give reverent reflection on the myriad of international events that have transpired since that fateful day. “9-11-01” ,to be sure it has a WHO,WHAT, WHERE, WHY and WHEN. Knowing all that, it also had a BEFORE, DURING and AFTER. Unlike many historic tragedies, involving utter destruction and great loss of life, due to today’s  technological advances , we are able to revisit many of the chilling moments of that unforgettable day. In 1816 when the United States of America was a Slavocracy,  the largest and richest Free Black Settlement in North America, known as the “Negro Fort” located in the Spanish Territory of Florida was considered a “renegade and terrorist armed stronghold” fair game to be destroyed and important that it be consigned to obscurity.

We have made much progress in America since the illegal attack and massacre at the Negro Fort. The United States isn’t yet perfect, but undeniably we have an African-American President and his family living in the White House. blacks also have the right to vote and we can listen to radio programs like Reverend Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive”, Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage”, Kathy Hughes’ WOLDC-NEWS hosted by Carl Nelson , “The Gist of Freedom” and NPR’s Liberated Sister’s hosted by Sister Charlene Muhammad. I spoken on all these shows about  what I call “Fort Negro”. I learned about it some years ago by reading the classic book ,entitled: Black Indians, A Hidden Heritage, by William L. Katz.

I mentioned earlier that undeniable progress has been made in the United States of America. I’m a perfect example of this statement, recently I was invited by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough , the Heritage Program Manager and her Staff Officer Erika Davis  officials of the United States Forest Service, to participate in the Bicentennial Anniversary and Inaugural Commemoration at the British Fort National Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola River in the Apalachicola National Forest. I will perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” in honor of the Victims and the Descendants of the “Fort Negro Era”.

Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call in this morning to Reverend Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” Sunday Morning  Radio program on WVON 1690AM based in Chicago, Ill.. The progam was about the importance of voting:

“Greetings Rev. Jesse Jackson and Guest, Voting is important!!! It does matter who is President. From a historical standpoint, the illegal  attack  on and massacre of the defenders of Fort Negro was only possible because the United States  200 years ago was a Slavocracy . So, the Slave owning President James Madison and the Commanding General Andrew Jackson colluded to violate Spanish Sovereignty and attacked the richest Free Black Settlement in North America. I’m a Descendant of the people who were in and around Fort Negro. Thanks ,to the US Forestry Service, I’m scheduled to perform a Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the 300 Victims . Again, Reverend Jackson, I advise your listeners to research the Fort Negro Battle and Massacre”. Reverend Jackson responds: “I want you to send the information to C B Magness at Rainbow Push”. I was then transferred to the screener who informed me that she would also send the information to the local Congressperson.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant,                               Private-Sector-Partner for the Underground Railroad                            /Network to Freedom 1998 Act, Member of the L.A.                               Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry,                    President of the Semiroon Historical Society and US Forestry   Service Volunteer for the Negro Fort 2016  Bicentennial Commemoration Event.

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

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

The photo above was taken by UCLA GRAD Student Jeremy Peretz. “A” team member for Operation Suriname: National Maroon Day 2016.In the photo we see , Phil Da Pompey Fixico, North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day Celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEVIE WONDER’S RADIO HOST ANGELA HOFFMAN, “FORT NEGRO”, U.S. FORESTRY SERVICE AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Finally after a long drought, I was able to again speak on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Award Winning Morning Talk show “FRONTPAGE”.  FRONTPAGE is the number one African-American theme show in Southern California. It has long been hosted by Ms. Dominique DiPrima , whose father is none other than the great Amiri Baraka      who made his transition a short time ago. He was one of the Co-founders of the Black Arts Movement. However, today’s Frontpage show was hosted by Ms. Angela Hoffman who, filling in for Ms. DiPrima always does a FANTASTIC job. Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call into the show.

“Good morning Ms. Angela Hoffman ! This is OLD FIXICO thanks for taking my call”. Ms. Hoffman: “Good Morning is that how you refer to yourself as Old Fixico”? ”  Yes, I’m Old Fixico…(we both laughed) I was calling in to tell the community to make sure that they research “Fort Negro”. This story is very important to our community. I have been invited by the US Forestry Service to speak at the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Massacre at Fort Negro”.

“Many things about our History are coming out now that have been    have been hidden like  Georgetown University. Fort Negro was a place where hundreds of Blacks who had escaped from U.S. Slavery had taken refuge in Spanish Florida. At Fort Negro even the women and children were fighting for their FREEDOM. When US Forces along with their Indian Allies attacked Fort Negro the defenders shouted …”No, we won’t be taken back ! Liberty or Death” . They then were destroyed by a heated cannon ball fired by a U.S. ship that landed in the powder magazine and instantly destroyed 270 of the people inside. 200 of them were Black Women and Children the other 100 defenders who eventually died were predominantly Black males and about 30 Seminole and Choctaw warriors. What do you think about this ,Ms. Angela “?  Ms. Angela answers :”I think it’s wonderful ,congratulations..and I want to know more about it after your trip”. Call ends.

Over the last year ,before I even was invited by  Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough and Ms. Erica Davis both high-ranking US Forestry         Service Officials I had been speaking on several national and local radio shows, such as WOLDC-RADIO Hosted by Mr. Carl Nelson, in June of 2015, (Thanks to Social Activist Queen Mother Mollie Bell) I did a one hour interview on Mr. Nelson’s Show heard ,across the Nation. In November of 2015,  in Suriname, South America, I spoke for an hour on the Maroon Radio Station’s Apintie Hour (Thanks to Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon and the MWCoC). It was heard through out the Caribbean and the calls came pouring into the station. Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Sister Charlene Muhammad on the Liberated Sister’s Show and Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom Show Thanks to Mr. William L. Katz ,author of :”Black Indians”,A Hidden Heritage. I have constantly mentioned the topic as a call-in  numerous times,  I also, spoke about it on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s National “Keep Hope Alive Show, not to exclude whenever I do public speaking. I want to thank everyone listed above and many more who have contributed in helping to bring out this long hidden and forbidden truth known only among Descendants and a few Scholars.  Listed below are a couple of Links of importance:

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Phil “Pompey” Fixico,                                                                                     Seminole Maroon Descendant and “Fort Negro Era” Descendant.     P.S. In addition to all of the above,I have one year ago, sent a request to U.S. President Barack Obama, via my Congresswoman Maxine Waters asked that the President recognize the British Post Historical Landmark . I have also wrote published and distributed 14 Blogs on Facebook and made countless mega-blast emails .

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

MR. BOBBY MC DONALD A WORLD-CLASS ACHIEVER AND TROOPER FIXICO AT THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL

Saturday night August 27th, 2016, in Orange County, California , I had the honor of being invited and attending the prestigious Black Chamber of Orange County’s 32nd Annual Banquet. This was my seventh occasion to participate in the $150.00 a plate dinner, show and Awards Presentation. It marked the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers.  The gentleman without a hat in the photo above,whose hand I am shaking,  has been the soulful embodiment ,organizational genius and Champion of Champions for many of these “MASTERPIECE” events, his name  is Mr. Robert V. “Bobby” Mc Donald.

Bobby Mc Donald is truly a CLASS-ACT , he always greets friends and strangers with a  warm smile and handshake. He obviously  specializes in building extensive social networks. There is no wonder that his passion for public service and creative marketing techniques attracts broad support throughout the community. Over the past 17 years Mr. Mc Donald has raised millions of dollars for operational funding, revenue stream and a myriad of worthy causes.

To say that Bobby is a “Veterans Veteran” would not be an exaggeration, he is a Descendant of Buffalo Soldiers, including his uncles. A longtime member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry and a Vietnam War (1965 to 1968) Veteran. Mr. Bobby Mc Donald is known and loved by multi-racial/multi-cultural veterans all over the United States  and members of the general public also and he well deserves their adoration.

His accomplishments are not limited to those that I have mentioned thus far because, his has been a Life of Great Achievement. Which also includes, but not limited to the fields of Sports, Higher Education,Politics,Business, Art and Historical Preservation. All I can say after having gotten the chance to observe the “Bobby Mc Donald” aura for 12 years during my service in the Buffalo Soldiers is that he is known, loved and revered literally by the legions of a grateful nation.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Trooper Phil Fixico, Bugler and Color Guard                                               for the L.A. Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry.                        Photo credits to Trooper Ron Jones (Another Class Act)

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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“PHIL WILKES FIXICO” “A TRUE NATIVE SON” an AWARD WINNING ARTICLE BY : DARLENE DONLOE

http://www.blackindiansunited5tribesembassy.org/Trailblazers.html

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

 

ETHNOGENESIS, BLACK INDIANS as “NEW PEOPLES” and “FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

It’s early morning on the West Coast in Southern California, today is September 18th 2017. People here are praying and collecting for the victims of nature’s multiple disasters and a continuous stream of tragic man-made disruptions around the world. May the Good Lord’s mercy rain down on humanity.

The featured image above is taken the cover of the “The Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory” Volume 58, Number 1 Winter 2011. This organization is composed of the most prestigious scholars in the field of Ethnohistory. It is a: “Society for interdisciplinary investigation of the histories of Native Peoples of the Americas”.

Ethnogenesis has been  described as ,”The formation and development of an ethnic group” In common words the creation of “New Peoples”. This would include Black Indians of the Western Hemisphere, which I consider a necessity caused by the TransAtlanticSlave Trade , Indian Removal and Manifest Destiny. Another  helpful quotation would be ,”Ethnicity, is a category of people who identify with each other based on similarities such as common ancestry, language, society, culture or nation”. It should be mentioned that it can occur passively or actively.

“I ain’t NO scholar and I ain’t tryin’ to be”. A very important scholar and mentor once told me, that I would be safe sounding scholarly when I do it while speaking about my own Family’s History. I can live with that, I’m not a professional.  I am striving to help expand the World’s knowledge about my Ancestor’s, with truth and dignity”. It’s not my PASSION , I don’t even want to do it. However, I’m AFRAID not to do it ! Due to the manner in which it came to me as a purpose . When I asked myself  why not just devote my life’s activities to doing what I WANT TO DO?  The answer that came back to me was this : If I fail to pursue a PURPOSE that would benefit others because of specialized knowledge that I had, then my life would  “be the pits” because I failed to work for the greater good”. So for the last 18 years, I have been on a journey of Discovery and Activism.

Below is the Abstract taken from the 16,000 word essay that was written by Dr. Kevin Mulroy the “World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons” it talks about 6 generation’s of my family’s genealogy:

MIXED RACE IN THE SEMINOLE NATION                                      __________________________________________________________________Kevin Mulroy, University of California, Los Angeles

“Abstract.This is a story of two hidden identities. It focuses on the family history of Phil Wilkes Fixico (aka Philip Vincent Wilkes and Pompey Bruner Fixico) a contemporary Seminole maroon descendant of mixed race who lives in Los Angeles. Phil is one-eighth Seminole Indian, one-quarter Seminole freedman, one-eighth Creek-freedmen, one-quarter Cherokee-freedman and one-quarter African-American-white. His family history records that his paternal grandfather was the offspring of a Seminole Indian woman and a Seminole freedman, but that this “intermarriage” was kept secret from the Dawes Commission and the boy was enrolled as a “fullblood” Indian. This union and the subsequent history of the family tell us a great deal about relations between Seminoles and freedmen in Indian Territory and Oklahoma and about status and identity issues among individuals of mixed race within American society. With tragic irony, Phil’s parents also hid the identity of his biological father, echoing the story of his grandfather. Sensing family secrets and lies, young Phil experienced an identity crisis. Eventually discovery his father’s identity and his family’s history, Phil turned his life around. He has embraced his mixed-race heritage, connected with the Seminole maroon communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico, and become a creative and energetic tribal historian”

Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act, Bugler and member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry, Founder and President of the SEMIROON HISTORICAL SOCIETY , “The North American Representative” to the Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation and Suriname’s National Maroon Day held in 2015 and Spokesman/Representative for the Maroon Victims at the US Forest Service 200th Anniversary Commemoration at “Fort Negro” 2016

 

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/

 

 

 

 

“THE SEMINOLE FREEDMEN”, CAESAR BRUNER, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION’S “indiVisible” & “FORT NEGROS” FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is September 13th, 2017, sitting here in Southern California, I’m sending out prayers and well wishes in all 360 degrees of the world’s geography to all it’s populations, elevations , climates , land uses and states. The  image above this Blog’s title features a newspaper article that includes 3 photo. The first photo is a historic daguerreotype featuring my g-grandfather Seminole Maroon Leader Caesar Bruner.. The Oklahoma Seminole Nation Freedmen Band is named after him.

The middle photo is an early 1920’s era  “2-shot” the man on the Lt. is unidentified and the man on the Rt. is “Papa” Ceasar Bruner’s son Pompey Bruner Fixico. He is my grandfather and his mother was Wind Clan, Mikasuki Seminole Woman Dinah Fixico # 900 on the Dawes U.S. Census Rolls, that makes her my g-grandmother. This fact gives me and my 1st. cousins as direct Descendants of a female full-Blood Seminole listed on the Dawes Rolls the right to join the nation, as by-Blood members in the current Mekesuky Band.

No matter how much we may want to join the Caesar Bruner Freedmen Band we must follow our “inheritance rights” created by the listing of our directly identified female member.  The third photo on the frontpage of the Seminole Producer Newspaper is a publicity shot taken from a nationally toured Play entitled: “the road weeps” and “the well runs dry” , written by Marcus Gardley . the play was written using the theme of the John Horse Exodus which left from  Wewoka, Indian Territory in 1849.

Recently, on Facebook’s Black Seminoles of Oklahoma Seminole Nation (I.T.) & Friends, I mentioned that it was I and a matriarch that gave Dr. Kevin Mulroy, the author of :”THE SEMINOLE FREEDMEN” “A HISTORY” PUBLISHED BY OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY PRESS in 2007 permission in behalf of the Descendants to include the photo above of Caesar Bruner. Additional permission came from Patriarch and family tree maker Charles Edwards, Frank “Buck” James ( Caesar Bruner contemporary as a child), Tommy Moore (grandson).

It turns out that two daughters of a much loved and high ranking Caesar Bruner Descendant French Wilson Bruner were rightfully incensed that they hadn’t been contacted for their rightful input. I can understand their anger and and it doesn’t bode well for my future familial relations with Diana Bruner-Puskas and Blossie Ann-Bruner the g-g-great grand daughters of Caesar Bruner. “Papa” Caesar Bruner is reported to have had 19 children in Indian Territory, it was his right as a Head Man to have children outside of his marriage. In a time when there was no guaranteed social safety net,  an unattached woman within the group would have jumped at the chance to have a child by the Leader because it  guaranteed that the family would be taken care of under any circumstances .

I apologize to any of his Descendants that don’t appreciate my taking responsibility for allow that the photo be used. My thinking was that it was an extremely important book about our Ancestors. It actually is a definitive book written by Dr. Kevin Mulroy, a prestigious author who many scholars consider him to be the “World’s Living Authority on Seminole Maroons” ( especially since the passing of Dr. Kenneth Porter). I didn’t know all of “Papa” Caesar’s Descendants but I do know that he deserved to have his picture in the book :”THE SEMINOLE FREEDMEN”. Not knowing who the photographer was there was a chance that photo was now under public domain. My research has given me some information about the source that I will not reveal now. I have shown the photo in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian, In St. Augustine, Florida, the Caribbean, South America, Brackettville, Texas and at “Fort Negro” on the Applachicola River. I never personally received any money for sharing it and did so to increase his LEGACY and for educational purposes for the  Descendants and the general public.

Other people have used this photo , the first that I saw use it was Researcher Mr. Terry Ligon and I next saw it on  the Maroon Culture Facebook page. In both instances it was done in a classy respectful way for educational purposes.

My reading of History and reconciliation of family Oral History leads me to believe that “Papa” Caesar’s purpose for having a child with Wind Clan Seminole Woman Dinah Fixico was to create an “Anchor Baby” to strengthen the bonds between the Black And Indigenous members of the SEMINOLE PEOPLE. In the final moments of my decision to go ahead with it. I asked myself :”What would Caesar Bruner have wanted me to do”.

The name FIXICO is a Warrior title, i made a decision as any warrior would in the struggle that we are all involved in. when I was selected to visit The Okanisi Ndyuka Maroons of Suriname as the North American Maroon Representative, I’ll never forget when I presented the Seminole Maroon Peace Belt Ceremony before the Paramount Chief and Grand Gaaman before his Congression members since the question arose that my skin color was the color of the Over Seers, I showed them “Papa” Ceasar’s photo and they accepted me as his Descendant and rightful Ambassador to their Nation.We became Cultural Cousins and formed a cultural alliance as fellow Maroons and Descendants of the TransAtlanticSlave trade.

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

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/ go to 50 min. to see the Ceremony

http://williamlkatz.com/congratulations-to-phil-pompey-fixico/

http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/?tag=phil-wilkes-fixico

http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/indivisible/

 

CARL NELSON, AL GORE, MEXICO’S EARTHQUAKE, GENTRIFICATION PARTNERSHIPS AND “FORT NEGRO’S” FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is September 8th, 2017, and a combination of mournful moans and sighs of relief can be heard all around our world. While FATHER SKY and MOTHER EARTH  remind us what real POWER really is. In moments of  supreme stupidity we bluster awkwardly with our fingers on a thousand Nuclear Trigger’s. Every second that we survive is equal to the world’s population individually catching a Mega Lottery all at the same time, with different numbers on the same day .Well let’s not waste a Blog on REALITY when we can share the finer minutiae of current events.

I’m  here in Southern California which is Earthquake Country and after hearing about Mexico’s recent seismological event, many Californian’s think back to the  San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 when 700 people were trapped by brick buildings, fire and unreinforced concrete when their world began to shake. The recent quake in Mexico left 60 humans deceased, epic property destruction and  caused mass evacuations through out the terrorized region. It was rated at 8.1 on the Richter Scale.

These were a few of the topics being  discussed today on the CARL NELSON SHOW, heard on Ms, Cathy Hughes WOLDC Radio station 1450 am broadcast from Washington DC. Again, I took advantage of an opportunity to voice my opinion. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

” Greetings Brother Carl, concerning “Gentrification”. In the 90’s, I was a Southern California Real Estate Agent and I worked for the number one Black owned Real Estate company in Los Angeles, as an agent. Many of the things that are happening in Real Estate today were put into motion years ago. They were known to City Planners based on the projected “Direction of Growth”.

If you go to the right council Meetings when the City Planners are there you might discover the City’s Development “Plan and Master Plan”. Serious investors invest based on the “Direction of Growth”. Gentrification follows the D.O.G..

Some Black small business owners, with a good location but failing business, might consider being open to “Gentrifier Partnerships” based on a policy of the “Black” in a traditional Black neighborhood retaining 51% controlling interest and offering a 49% interest to the “Gentrifier”. ( As the show signed off I said ) “Al Gore and Kamala Harris for President “!

I used the photo above to represent a multi-cultural partnership that achieved incredible results. We three were the “A Team” for  “Operation Suriname”/ Maroon Day 2015. On the far right is : UCLA GRAD STUDENT Jeremy Peretz (Photography and Video) .In the Middle is: Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Grannd-Galon :Protocol Officer, Interpreter and Guide. On the Left is me: Phil Da Pompey Fixico: “North American Maroon Representative” to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day.

On a 10 day Cultural exchange Mission, we paid courtesy calls to 10 Maroon Villages on three Sacred rivers. The  power of multi-culturalism was very enabling, Jeremy Peretz is a White Sephardic Jew ,Ambassador Graand-Galon is Full-Blooded Maroon Okanisi Ndyuka Maroon and I am a Seminole Maroon Descendant. The effect on ourselves and the people of Suriname was truly amazing.

http://williamlkatz.com/congratulations-to-phil-pompey-fixico/

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/102216-history-speaks-fort-gadsden-200th-anniversary/ go 50 min. into video for Fort Negro Ceremony

 

BLACK INDIAN VICTORY, “HARVEY” , JON VELIE, DR. CLAUD ANDERSON,”REPARATIONS” AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah,

Today is August 31st, 2017 and as I sit here comfortably in sunny Southern California, I can’t help thinking about the victims of the recent epic meteorological disturbances and thinking that our atmosphere has no partiality  for anyone. At a minimum we should pause and pray for the survivors of another warning that we must pay attention to our environment and how to live with it, or else suffer the consequences

On another note, in a time of great strive over Human Rights and the bias that causes it, we hear the triumphant news of “Victory over Oppression” at last. Below is an excerpt from a letter written by Attorney Jon Velie. I have personally known of Attorney Velie’s struggle to help Black Indian Freedmen for many years. By his estimation he has been on the front lines for Black Indian justice for 20 years. HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !!! At long last it’s time for all who have fought the good fight to dance and rejoice.

Attorney Jon Velie from Norman, Oklahoma:

“The Cherokee Nation can continue to define itself as it sees fit but must do so equally and evenhandedly with respect to native Cherokees and the descendants of Cherokee freedmen. By interposition of Article 9 of the 1866 Treaty, neither has rights either superior or, importantly, inferior to the other. Their fates under the Cherokee Nation Constitution rise and fall equally and in tandem. In accordance with Article 9 of the 1866 Treaty, the Cherokee Freedmen have a present right to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation that is coextensive with the rights of native Cherokees.”

Black Indians are “MY” people genealogically. Despite the fact that I didn’t confirm my biological father’s identity until I was 52 years old (18 years ago). Even before this dramatic discovery, I did know my biological mother’s father was a Black Cherokee (William Rogers born in Marietta (?) Oklahoma. The revelation of my father’s true identity was of epic proportions.

As I began my journey to uncover the facts, the history was incredibly captivating and it changed my life. I started a correspondence with a Scholar and author ,Dr. Kevin Mulroy, who happens to be the “World’s Leading Expert on Seminole Maroons and their Descendants”. He is the author of  :”Freedom on the Border” and “The Seminole Freedmen” A History. In addition to his voluminous amount of other articles on the subject, he wrote  the 16,000 word, front-page article for the American Journal of Ethnohistory (Photo above). It featured 6 generations of my family’s history and since he was also a Smithsonian Institution researcher for the ground-breaking book and exhibit entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American lives in the Americas, my profile was chosen by The Smithsonian Institution to represent the Black Seminoles/Seminole Maroons in the book and exhibit and is entitled;  “Behind the Rolls” Pompey Bruner Fixico.

Abstract:” This story is a story of two hidden identies. It focuses on the family history of Phil Wilkes Fixico(aka Philip Vincent Wilkes and Pompey Bruner Fixico), a contemporary Seminole maroon descendant of mixed race who lives in Los Angeles. Phil is one-eighth Seminole Indian, one-quarter Seminole Freedmen, one-eighth Creek freedman, one-quarter Cherokee-freedmen and one quarter-African-American-white” .

Dr. Kevin Mulroy is known to be a meticulous researcher and I and my family owe him a debt that we can never repay. Another important mentor to me is Professor William L. Katz the author of “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage. I also cannot ever forget Dr. Joseph Opala who wrote,”A Brief History of the Seminole Freedmen”.

I self identify as a Seminole Maroon Descendant and pursue my life and my Activism under this title. My g-grandfather was Oklahoma Seminole Freedmen Band Leader Caesar Bruner, he was a true Seminole Maroon  who fought for the Union in the First Indian Home Guard during the the Civil War. “Papa” Caesar had a child by my g-grandmother Fullblood Mikasuki Seminole Wind Clan Dinah Fixico Dawes Rolls # 900. The child was my grandfather Pompey Bruner Fixico. On the Dawes Roll he is listed as Fullblood, in truth he was half. My Oral History research leads me to believe that Papa Caesar had this child with a high ranking Seminole Woman to be an “Anchor Baby” . In other words, a child meant to strengthen the bonds between the African and the Indigenous members of the tribe. It was Dr. Gabrielle ,Editor/Curator for the Smithsonian Institution who told noted author Darlene Donloe who asked why was Fixico chosen to be featured in the “indivisible” book and exhibit,? She answered : “because we could tell the story of the SEMINOLE PEOPLE through his ancestry.

As the Civil War came to a close my g-grandfather Caesar Bruner was chosen to help translate and negotiate the 1865 Fort Smith Truce that became the verbatim 1866 U.S. Indian Territory  that was signed in Washington D.C.. Dr. Claud Anderson has also long championed Black Indian Rights. As I understand it, part of his rationale for Black Americans “REPARATIONS” will be connected to the successful fulfillment of the U.S. 1866 Indian Territory .Which was equal to the 13th,14th and 15th amendments to Black Indians. Plus, it granted them equal rights and tribal membership. The problem has been the 5 Civilized Tribes not living up to the treaty by taking refuge behind their claim of Sovereignty.

Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant & Activist.

https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv1313-248

 

 

 

 

CARL NELSON, CHARLOTTESVILLE STATUES TULSA RACE RIOTS AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is August 25th, 2017  and we are praying for those people in Texas who must gather their family and wits together in an effort to evade and survive what has been predicted will be one of the nations biggest storms in the area’s history. The African-American community  and others around the world are in mourning over the recent passing of the great Social Activist Mr. Dick Gregory. These are trying times for many people at many levels and much is at stake. However, we must always remember that “GOD IS GOOD”. Hooray and Hallelujah !

Earlier today, I spoke on the Carl Nelson Show which airs on WOLDC  1450 A.M. Radio, located in Washington, DC. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Greetings Brother Carl, My grandfather and his brother were murdered by the Klan in Oklahoma, shortly after the “Tulsa Race Riots”. I feel that our problem is not “their” culture and “their ” statues, as much as it is “our” lack of statues and cultural re-enforcement. I continue to advocate that we revive the Harlem Renaissance. I also, advocate that Black families should document their family’s Oral History , have it witnessed and notarized.

Their statues of the Confederacy should not be publically financed but we must put pro-active energy into passing our History and Culture on to the next generation. Unfortunately, we have to tell their History to tell our history of who and what we overcame.

One point that must always be noted is that a normal habit of Slave Owners was to rape, murder and enslave their own mixed biological children who were: “Our Ancestors”. Removing their statues will not change their descendant’s hearts. Neither, will we be repaired after every statue is taken down”.

Carl Nelson: Fixico, do you have anything else to say?

” Yes, I’m not in favor of the statues .  I just believe that we should spend our time and energy on working on our own culture by  developing  “Cottage Industries” which will produce our own Cultural Products that could be purchased by others who would enjoy them.  I think that our young people could get injured or end up with a Police record as a result of attending these activities. I feel that they are really a DIVERSION” My call ends.

The newspaper front page above was published by the “Seminole Producer”. A current Oklahoma newspaper in the area where my grandfather Pompey Bruner Fixico and his brother Tecumseh Bruner were murdered. The photo on the left is of my g-grandfather Oklahoma Seminole Nation Maroon Band Leader Caesar Bruner and the gentleman on the Rt in the small photo in the middle is his son by a Fullblooded Mikasuki Seminole Indian Woman (Dinah Fixico Dawes Rolls # 900) Pompey Bruner Fixico my grandfather. It is my reading of primary source documents and reconciliation of of family Oral History that after my g-grandfather’s passing the forces of the area Klan with “Papa” Ceasar gone went after Tecumseh 1st and Pompey re-acted giving his killer an excuse to gun him down in public. I owe a debt that I can never repay to Publisher Stu Phillips, Reporter Karen Anson and my dear friend Mr. Kevin Brinker. In publishing the story about a Los Angeles stage play (“the Road Weeps” and “the Well Runs Dry”) that dealt with the “John Horse Exodus” from Wewoka, Indian Territory, the article touched on why my family had to flee from Oklahoma in 1925 .

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

https://search.aol.com/aol/video?q=tulsa+race+riots+documentary&s_it=video-ans&sfVid=true&videoId=E2F628534293432996CBE2F628534293432996CB&v_t=webmail-hawaii1-basicaol