Sharing some photos from my keynote address at the MLK Unity Breakfast in Huntsville, AL on Monday. I was truly honored and moved by the spirt of that community and the unity I saw in a room full of diverse people. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha truly had Godly courage to select me, a reformed ex-offender, as their 2018 keynote speaker to celebrate the MLK birthday in front of 1,500 community members and statewide leaders. I am truly grateful for this opportunity.
After a rousing standing ovation, city officials presented me with a resolution that brought tears to my eyes. I had spoken about our ancestors’ struggles and of how the seeds of the civil rights movement were planted in the cotton fields of Alabama some 400 years ago by enslaved Africans.
I also spoke of the unsung Freedom Fighters of the 1960s who felt the real burden of the Jim Crow boot. I ended my speech with a call to action in Dr. King’s spirt of the need for our communities to reach out to people in the prison system. We must pay it forward and help them see the promised land through reform because incarcerated people are still a part of us. #TheStruggleIsReal www.chefjefflive.com
This wasn't many years ago. As a young kid, these were the type of people that would pay my grandma Honey $25 for a oven baked coon with sweet potatoes and carrots. Dave, you are not gonna tell this coon story without explaining it. People eat raccoon where I am from. So as a kid playing on the gas tank in her front yard, I witnessed many a 4x4 trucks with Dixie flags pulling up to buy a coon. Dave, what does this have to do with this picture. Nothing! I just wanted you to know that my grandma sold oven bake coon to many of folks that looked like this young man pictured. Good morning!!! If you are down South, remember at least three layers of clothes to keep that hawk away. #toomanymcsnotenoughmics ****Drops Mic and walks offstage!!!**** #dirtydave1906ism#thisisamovement#knowledgeispower#thestruggleisreal#whodoyoubelieve