[JPL] "From the Plantation to the Penitentiary" - to The JazzStandard?

Jeff Duperon mrjazzjr at sprintmail.com
Wed Mar 7 15:34:36 EST 2007

The recent dialogue regarding Wynton's "From The Plantation to the
Penitentiary" reminded me of a quote from one of the great thinkers of the
20th century Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1933 Dr. Carter wrote:

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his
actions.  You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He
will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it.  You do not need to send
him to the back door.  He will go without being told.  In fact, if there is
no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes
it necessary."

The words are still relevant today.

Wynton has consistently stood by his moral and ethical convictions.  He has
demonstrated his willingness to speak out about our rapidly decaying
American society. Bravo!!! His education and dedication MADE it necessary!!

In case you don't know Dr. Woodson, in 1926 Dr. Woodson initiated the annual
February observance of Negro History Week.  By the 1970s, Negro History Week
had expanded to become Black History Month. He chose February for the
observance because February twelfth was Abraham Lincoln's birthday and
February fourteenth was the accepted birthday of Frederick Douglass.  

Dr. Carter G. Woodson was truly a great man; an intensely dedicated soldier
in the cause of African freedom and redemption.

Jeff Duperon

mrjazzjr at sprintmail.com

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