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.
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.