Tuesday, March 23, 2010

1st Sikh in decades graduates Army officer school - AP

The American Army (hoorah) when it formed was not known for its uniform, but for its perseverance and strength. Later, after the formation of the republic, it's first capital in New York city, West Point Military Academy, or Army School, formed March 16, 1802, to train its officers, required standard uniforms. It's first Jewish graduate was Samuel Levy who was among its first graduating class, 10/11/1802. Many famous Americans graduated from there and even General Robert E. Lee was once its commandant, whose citizenship was later returned to him, a terrible "enemy" during the Civil War. Later its first African-American grad was H.O. Flipper in June of 1877. The first Army-Navy football game, was on 11/29/1890 and today played on Buffalo Soldiers Field, named after the then segregated Army, many of those soldiers served on the frontier of the American West defending the union of new states that resulted after the civil war, a war I sometimes suspect began with the bombardment of teacher by student and the production of weapons of mass destruction across the Hudson River in the West Point Foundry, in the town said so-named by General Washington, Cold Spring, NY. Indeed, we Americans have had people of different backgrounds, faiths, countries of origin, all dedicated to the proposition that we, the many, find equality in our, yet new, country.

1 comment:

  1. How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson 1875 – 1950

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Marcus Garvey 1887-1940

    "A tree without roots can bare no fruit, it will die."

    Erich Martin Hicks 1952 - Present

    Keep telling that history, our history:

    Read the novel; Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", a great story of black military history...the first
generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

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    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

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