I been both blessed and protected by a supreme power — a power that is beyond mankind. And, yes, I am eternally grateful. BlackParentSpeaks knows that she could not have survived the varied and many attempts to silence her ‘Blackness’ had God not been with her.
Reflecting — accurate reflecting — moves us forward.
BlackParentSpeaks has recently learned that DC ‘Black’ brother Dick Jones ‘gave up the ghost’ in year 2016. Dick headed up and ran DC’s Concerned Citizens of Central Cardoza (4Cs) throughout my years in DC — the 1960s and 1970s. Dick Jones was a fighter and a quite forceful voice who ‘publicly’ worked to hold slum landlords and others accountable in the Washington, DC housing arena.
Dick Jones was a dedicated and true warrior in the DC-based ‘Movement’. If memory serves me accurately, Dick was born in Philly and moved to DC prior to my arrival in DC. I met Dick sometime between 1966-68 when he and several other brothers showed up at my DC apartment relative to a matter of ‘Black’ urgency. Dick expressed that Attorney Florence Roisman (an unwavering and trusted Jewish attorney employed by NLSP in DC) had recommended that he seek my help.
The inhumane and racially-charged horrid situation explained to me that day by ‘Black’ brother Dick Jones sprouted a relationship between us that lasted throughout my years in DC.
DC’s Dick Jones was militantly responsible, brilliant, and a compassionate Black man who was active in the struggle for righteousness and accountability. Although ‘Black’ brother Jones was publicly and primarily associated with DC housing issues, the breadth of his involvements and actions were unlimited. Dick was a ‘no limits’ brother who both gave and did….
Brother Dick was a mighty representative for the Black folk who were perceived powerless by others. Brother Dick was a ‘Black’ man who BlackParentSpeaks intimately knew, worked with, and loved. He was an integral part of — and a contributor to — the Black Movement.
With undying love and appreciation, BlackParentSpeaks says ‘thank you’ to DC’s ‘Black’ Dick Jones.
‘Don’t forget our reparations’.
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Undying love for Black people!
November 7, 2019 at 4:59 am
It was nice to find this read as Dick Jones was my grandfather. Thank you for sharing your story.
April 14, 2022 at 10:02 pm
Habari Gani: my name is The Bishop AL-Amin AsSalaam I was one of the original Fellows who work with Dick Jones and the 4C’s back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I think you did a great piece on the Brother, along with George Hart and Leroy Jones and others. We tried to bring about change in the Urban Renewal process.