Celebrate Your Freedom & Celebrate Your Freedom II. Copyright (c) 2007/08 Mark Turns.  Watch the Youtube video link below on this link/ page titled “Did We Really Listen?” Other sound-clips can be heard below on this same link/page. Letter From Dr. King’s Widow, Etc. http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=269

(Spoken-Word video. Did We Really Listen?  Copyright (c) 1997 Mark Turns). ** NOTE ** The reason why I named this page/link Letter From Dr. King’s Widow, Etc. is because, I left a signed, hard-copy of the poem “Did We Really Listen?” for Mrs. King backstage when she made an appearance in Ohio in late 1998. In February 1999, I received a letter form one of Mrs. King’s aides on her behalf thanking me for the poem. I felt deeply honored. The CD titled: “Freedom! Will It Include Me And My People? (A Black-History Acknowledgment)” is currently available on ITUNES, Spotify, Shazam, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and many more. Also available is the spoken-word single titled: “Deep Hypocrisy (Skin-Color Included)”

The spoken-word titled: “Then And Now (Revisited Version)” is currently playing on SongCast Radio, Tune In Radio, iTunes Radio, Shoutcast Radio and their affiliates.

Labeled As Troublemakers & Agitators (A Tribute To Dr. King And The Civil-Rights Movement) By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2006 Mark Turns.

Player-Hating (Edited Version) By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2010 Mark Turns.

*** NOTE *** See the poems titled “Eyes The Same Color” -and- “Genes, Tendencies & Characteristic-Traits” located 18 & 21 poems, down on the “No Oppression, No Gossip”  page .http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=18  (No Oppression, No Gossip) Also see the “Quote” by Mark Turns on the same above-mentioned page/link (No Oppression, No Gossip).


When people speak of more simpler times and more happier times especially, prior to the mid-1970’s timeline and when apartheid was going on this all greatly depends on who you ask.

When statements or any similar statements of : “I wish things were the way they used to be” are made this can be a concern depending on who’s saying it and in what context is their statement(s) meant.

Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday sang a song titled: “Strange Fruit” that speaks huge volumes. 

There was a place in Tulsa, Oklahoma that existed in the Greenwood District from 1908-1921 called Black Wallstreet. It was maliciously destroyed in 1921. Very little if any acknowledgment is given by the media nor by the public especially, on the anniversary which is May 31-June 01, 1921.

A huge recognition goes out to NASCAR legend Mr. Wendell Scott 1921-1990. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in 2015 however,  it’s horrible that Mr. Wendell Scott didn’t receive the much deserved support, love, respect and recognition while he was alive and racing. Even more unfortunate, many black athletes, military soldiers, entertainers, etc. also faced this same dark reality.

Another huge recognition to  Mr. Godfrey Qualls along with his legendary 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE 426 Hemi known as The Black Ghost. Together they raced on the west side of Detroit during the 1970’s in street-racing. **NOTE** Unflattering remarks have been made regarding The Black Ghost legacy.  Unfortunately, there are people who can’t stand just the fact alone that Mr. Godfrey Qualls and his son owned a highly optioned 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE with a 426-Hemi engine, 4-speed. It’s not so much questioning the quarter-mile time of The Black Ghost amongst other things. Prior to the mid-1970’s timeline it was very hostile in this society. **See the above-mentioned about Mr. Wendell Scott. *** Mr. Qualls was also a black Detroit Police-Officer and if it was found out he was street-racing, especially prior to the mid-1970’s timeline there’s a high possibility Mr. Qualls would have lost his job as a Detroit Police-Officer.  Mr. Qualls had no choice but to remain anonymous given these factors.  What also must be taken into consideration is the outcome of any dragrace depends not only on the horsepower and the torque but also the rear gearing, the power to weight ratio of the vehicle and also the skill of the driver. 

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attack in September 2001 a lot of media coverage and public recognition is given however, on the anniversaries of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 very little if anything is said nor recognized through the media nor from the public. With regards to the Black Wall Street Massacre in 1921, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, the insurrection on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 and the 9/11 attack on September 11, 2001 the following question needs to be asked. When people speak and have spoken from a religious standpoint on forgiveness, tolerance and to pray for your enemies and for those who despise you is this all inclusive? Or pick and choose?

One final note regarding the insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. If the majority or all of the participants in the insurrection would have been of darker-skin color they wouldn’t have got within two-thousand feet of Capitol Hill before being confronted like Bonnie and Clyde in May of 1934. Furthermore, if the President Of The United States would have been of darker-skin color and he/she directly or indirectly incited the January 6, 2021 insurrection he/she would have been taken into custody by law-enforcement officials and charged no later than 5:30pm that same day. In other words, justice would have been abrupt, unforgiving and very harsh. And so would have been the court of public opinion. Would it be truthful to believe any darker-skinned person, male or female, would have gotten away with a fraction of just one of the inappropriate actions including accusations that happened during the 2015 to 2021 timeline without having been forced to resign from the Presidential race or as President Of The United States citing immoral and improper behaviors? 

****Watch the following video “Just Think! (Remix)” ****** The behaviors and the actions mentioned in the video “Just Think! (Remix)” have  been reoccurring for several decades and are still reoccurring.***

It’s Gonna’ Rain Today But, The Sun Will Always Be There (Magic Pencil Version) By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2011/2024 Mark Turns. (spoken-word tribute to civil-rights activist Viola Liuzzo. 1925-1965) is currently available on ITUNES, Spotify, Shazam, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and many more.

Defective Belts & Defective Tongues. By Mark Turns. Copyright (c)2011 Mark Turns.

What Should That Tell You? (The assassination of President John F. Kennedy) By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2006 Mark Turns.

Dr. King Stand Firm. By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2015 Mark Turns.

Before You Judge. By Mark Turns. Copyright (c) 2015 Mark Turns.


http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=18 (No Oppression, No Gossip)

http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=445 (People! What Are You Doing???)

http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=48 (More Peace, Love, Blues & Harmony Poems)

 http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=13 (Poetry Tribute To Stax Records)


**** NOTE *** On the “Religion Corner. Poems” link http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=48  See the following poems: 1). The Truth Is Near.  2). See What’s Really There. 3). Time And Sands Cancer. *******

*** On the “No Oppression, No Gossip” link http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=18 listen to the following sound-clips: #5). February 2012, Are You Seeing Their Faces? and #6). Separate Justice And Politics. Also see the poem titled: “Injustices And Crimes” located 8 poems, down on the “No Oppression, No Gossip” link.

*****On the “Graffiti-Wall Collector (Poems)” link http://lilgoat.com/?page_id=64 See the video titled “Tribute To Michael Jackson 1958-2009.” Also the 39th and 40th poems, down on the “Graffiti-Wall Collector (Poems)” page check out the poems titled: “Aquarius Rights” -and- “Crown And Titles.”