Jack Johnson the definitive profile by Charles Micheaux

“How incongruous to think that I, a little Galveston colored boy, should ever become the acquaintance of kings and rulers of the Old World, or that I should number among my friends some of the most famous persons of America and of the world.” –Jack Johnson
(1st. Black Heavy Weight Boxing Champion)

 

Jack Johnson was the first Black American world heavyweight boxing champion.
White folks saw and felt Jack Johnson as one really bad Negra.
Black folks on the other hand saw and felt Jack Johnson was one really bad Nigger.
In the 1990’s I was asked to portray Jack Johnson in a very famous stage play called,
THE GREAT WHITE HOPE; it is a an enormous stage production with some twenty actors in total; I do not know of any play that has more actors in it. During the months of research on the life of Jack Johnson, I soon discovered too, that Jack Johnson was really a bad ass Nigger! I mean this in the most endearing way; Jack Johnson was the most outstanding black man of his times.

Jack Johnson was born on March 31, 1878 in Galveston, Texas.
He had 104 fights, 73 wins, 13 losses and he held the world championship belt from 1908 -1915.
Jack Johnson disturbed white America so bad that they would not allow another black man to compete for the heavyweight championship for twenty-two years, from 1915- 1937 black men were barred by the white establishment from getting an opportunity to fight for the “grand prize” of boxing.

In 1937 Joe Louis is allowed to fight for the heavyweight championship and it had been twenty-two years since a black man held the title and that black man was Jack Johnson. One of the many conditions Joe Louis had to agree to before he would get a title shot was to never, ever, have his picture taken with a white woman. He also had to agree that he should never gloat over beating the crap out of a white opponent. Jack Johnson really put the scare in white America and Joe Louis too.

The world heavyweight boxing championship belt is the “grand prize” of athletic sports since Onomastos won the belt at the thirteenth Olympic Games in Greece in 880 B.C.

On December 26th 1908 in a twenty-round boxing match for the world championship Jack Johnson became the first black man to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. There is a catch phrase associated with Jack Johnson and it’s called, THE GREAT WHITE HOPE; white America saw Jack Johnson as an abomination and they searched high and low for a great white boxer to whip his black ass and teach him his place in White America. Their search was in vain, they never found a white boxer to put Jack Johnson in his place or the place they felt he should be in.
Jack Johnson would not bend for white America, he was determined not to conform to what white America thought he should be. Jack Johnson was his own man, he was highly intelligent, and he knew the power given him being the world
heavyweight champion. He was wealthy beyond any black man’s wildest dreams, he also did things so outlandish white America thought he was crazy.

Jack Johnson was married four times, all of his wives were white women and his first wife , Etta Duryea killed herself because she found out Jack Johnson was having an affair with another white woman. In October 1912 Jack Johnson was arrested under the Man Act, which had been passed to stop Jack Johnson from bringing white prostitutes across state lines. A white woman named Belle Schreiber, daughter of a Milwaukee policeman was the woman Jack Johnson was charged.
Jack Johnson posted $15,000 bail and before his court date he sailed off to Paris, France. When he arrived in Paris he was hailed as a king. In the whole of Europe there were no laws preventing Jack Johnson from loving or being out in public with white women; it is noteworthy, Jack Johnson was a man who believed in marriage. In public and private he was a fine gentleman to each of his four white wives. I hasten to add, Jack Johnson was a wicked exhibitionist.
When he traveled abroad he carried no less that twenty suitcases and he also transported two of the most exotic automobiles money can buy, he wore Mink coats and Russian hats. The truth be told, white women sought him out and were introduced to him by other white men.

The rub to white America was Jack Johnson was a very, extremely wealthy Nigger that did not know his place.
His profile was worldwide, he was bigger than America, I dare say no athlete, not even the great Muhammad Ali was a
bigger sports figure in the world than Jack Johnson. After his fights riots broke out in all 50 states of the United States; blacks were hung from trees all over the South after Jack Johnson would beat some white boxer in the ring.   White America could not stomach the fact that Jack Johnson beat the crap out of every great white hope they put in front of him.  In Europe Jack Johnson was treated like a movie star; the crowds adored him wherever he showed his smiling face, in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Rome and even London. Only in white America was Jack Johnson looked upon as an abomination. Jack Johnson was not only the world heavyweight champ he was also an accomplished bullfighter (Matador) in Barcelona, Spain and in Paris, he worked as an actor. He was also a great entrepreneur in his home city of Chicago. In Chicago, Jack Johnson opened up a very elegant cafe called, “Cabaret de Champion” and on the walls of his cafe there hung a Rembrandt that he purchased while in Europe. Unlike many other prizefighters Jack Johnson was well read and he acquired enormous culture from his world travels and his contacts with leaders of art, science, politics, and industry. Jack Johnson loved listening to classical music and he even played the viol.
In October 1936, as an actor he played the role of Rhadames, the Ethiopian general in the Chicago Grand Opera’s production of Aida.

“Of course, I had dreams and desires that are common to youth, but never in the wildest moments of my boyhood imagination did I vision myself the champion fighter of the world and the first man of my race to attain that distinction. Never did I imagine myself in the picturesque costume of a Spanish matador, or the victor in the bullfighting arena, surrounded of the festival in historic Barcelona.”


—Jack Johnson

I hasten to add, the very first bullfighting he took part in as a matador he killed three bulls in one day at Barcelona.

The Great White Hope is a Pulitzer Prize Winning play and it was later turned in to a feature film; in the stage play on Broadway and on film the actor was the great James Earl Jones. In the ad to sell the movie the quote read:

“JACK JOHNSON COULD BEAT ANY WHITE MAN IN THE WORLD.
HE JUST COULD NOT BEAT THEM ALL.”
–Martin Ritt
( Film Director)

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Charles Micheaux and Lisa Denton star in “The Great White Hope.”

Feb 1, 1994

 

George Washington Carver Was Not Gay, But Castrated (Updated 2021)

Me after lecture on George Washington Carver at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. 2002.

“The challenges of writing of this enigmatic genius–black bisexual protean–are perennial and well known.” –Daniel Mark Epstein

REALLY?

George Washington Carver a black bisexual…how phucking absurd!
Recently I read a very poorly researched biography on the life of
George Washington Carver written by Christina Vella.

The book is titled:

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER A LIFE

This claim that George Washington Carver was bisexual is a flat out lie.
Some have concluded that because George Washington Carver never married or had any children that he was gay, I write today to refute such wrong minded notions as pure rubbish. The truth of the matter is that George Washington Carver was castrated by his white master to prevent the possibility young George would one day have sexual relations with his daughter.

White historians are ashamed to write of this horrible, most vile act done to such a humble and noble human being. Today, there are only a few who have known the true story of this castration done to George Washington Carver.
Dick Gregory and myself are the only two men it seems to me in America who know the truth about George Washington Carver’s castration.
In 1983 I was asked to portray George Washington Carver in an Off-Broadway play called CARVER. In my research for the role I read every book ever written on George Washington Carver and even to day my study of his life continues.

Scholar’s outside the United States have been more honest and accurate in facts pertaining to the life of George Washington Carver. Why do white American historians distort the truth? It is also astonishing to me that any publishing house would allow a book with such a grand and outlandish lie go to press?

The book publisher of this  trash of a book is:

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

In the last ten years there has been a hard push to make George Washington Carver into a Gay Icon, which he is not and never will be. I am also one of the top scholars in the world on the life of the great George Washington Carver. God gives us only one view to see George Washington Carver and that view is up!

If you are going to write about George Washington Carver don’t make up shit; just do your research correctly and tell the truth. Nobody likes a Liar!

Charles Micheaux
President- The George Washington Carver Society

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For info on The George Washington Carver Society go to YouTube and simply type in THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER SOCIETY.

 

John Brown American Abolitionist Icon


“I don’t think the people of slave states will ever consider the subject of slavery in its true light till some other argument is resorted to other than moral  persuasion.” –John Brown

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John Brown advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow the institution of slavery in America. John Brown is best known for his daring, brazen and outrageous attempt in 1859 to overtake the federal armory at Harpers Ferry where he led 21 armed men. John Brown dissatisfied with the pacifism of the abolitionist movement led a raid at Harpers Ferry. His plan was to take arms from the armory and then provoke an insurrection in Northern Virginia, in which escaped slaves could flee and also join in the insurrection with the hope that force maybe multiplied. The great novelist Herman Melville said of John Brown, “John Brown was the meteor of the Civil War.” Today when we reflect on the Civil War we would be remiss to ignore the great contribution John Brown made to its birth and the birth of freedom for all non white people in America. During John Brown’s boyhood years is where he first discovered the gross injustice of slavery.

Recently, the subject of slavery, and the very question of slavery was re-examined by one, Kanye West. The very provocative rapper claimed on national television that slavery was in fact a choice.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years.
400 years?
That sound like a choice.”
–Kanye West

The Twitter orbit was set ablaze and hence America is reminded again of the blasphemy of slavery. I would make the proposition that Kanye West does not even know who John Brown was or what he did. I would further say that Kanye West is ignorant of American history for his comments about slavery are too twisted to consider seriously. During John Brown’s early adulthood years he moved many times from the 1820’s to the 1850’s; he took part in the Underground Railroad, and he even donated land to free Black Americans.
In 1850 John Brown attended lectures by Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth at the “Free Church” in Springfield, Massachusetts. Today the Church is known as St. John’s Congregational Church, and John Brown’s Bible is still on display there today.

The failed attempt at Harpers Ferry electrified the nation; many did not understand why John Brown went to such great lengths like murder and such. John Brown firmly believed that peaceful resistance was ineffective and the only way to conquer the system of slavery was to meet it with violence.

John Brown and his men were quickly surrounded at Harpers Ferry by U.S. Marines, Pro-Slavery Farmers. John Brown and his men were greatly out numbered and after 36 hours they were taken into custody.
John Brown’s insurrection held out for two days; many of the men he led were killed, including two of his sons. During his trial before he was sentenced to death by hanging he spoke to the court on November 2, 1859.

“If it deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments–I submit; so let it be done.”
–John Brown

A month later while seated on top of his coffin, John Brown rode quietly to his execution and his final utterance was:
“This is a beautiful country.” –John Brown
(December 2nd, 1859)

Historian Richard Boyer states:
“John Brown was an American who gave his life that millions of other Americans might be free.”

John Brown was a man who deeply believed in God, John Brown is also the most revered anti-slavery icon in American history.

John Brown was born on  May 9th 1800.

Each year on December 2nd the beloved Dick Gregory would go stand in front of the tree where they hung John Brown. 

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

 

OSCAR MICHEAUX THE DEFINITIVE PROFILE

Oscar Devereaux Micheaux was the first Black Best Selling Novelist in America, he was also the first Black independent filmmaker in America. Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed and produced 44 full length feature films; no other American filmmaker, White or Black has ever wrote, directed, produced and distributed a whopping 44 films.

Oscar Micheaux is also the only Black filmmaker with an International audience. Oscar Micheaux films are popular in Germany, Russia, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Sweden and Brazil.

Oscar Micheaux was first approached by a very successful American film company that wanted to turn his best selling novel into a motion picture. Oscar Micheaux told the film company he wanted to direct the movie himself, though he had never gone to film school or ever directed a movie before. The film company rejected Oscar Micheaux’s demand to direct the picture. On the heels of the failed deal, Oscar Micheaux converted his publishing company to the Micheaux Film and Publishing
company, and a career in Black Cinema was born.

Oscar Micheaux has no equal in the world of Black American Cinema; Oscar Micheaux’s 1948 film, ‘THE BETRAYAL’
was the first film by a Black filmmaker to open in a White movie house on Broadway in New York City. There are no prints of the film known to exist in America; there are prints in Spain and France.

In 1986 I contacted the U.S. Postal Service and I asked them how I could start a drive to get a stamp for Oscar Micheaux. They told me and year after year with the help of friends in Hollywood and Broadway and other good friends in the entertainment industry we were able to get enough letters of support for a Black Heritage Stamp. On June 22nd, 2010 the U.S. Postal Service issued a 44-cent stamp, Oscar Micheaux Black Heritage Stamp.

I thought about the sheer irony of it all:
A 44-cent stamp and Oscar Micheaux made 44 feature films, the Lord sure does work in mysterious ways because the thought still brings tears to my eyes. Oscar Micheaux was at heart an avant garde artist who was way ahead of his time.

Charles Micheaux
Atlanta, Georgia

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Should you come across any hard cover novel by Oscar Micheaux today it’s value is set at
$1,500.00

Oscar Micheaux was born on January 2nd 1884.

You can watch Oscar Micheaux films @ YouTube for free.

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MICHEAUX PUBLISHING SUPPORTS KAREN CARTER PETERSON

Follow her on Twitter @TeamKCP

 

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