Genealogist Donald Payton on the Friday CWSC On-Air Roundtable!

Welcome to the Friday CWSC On-Air Roundtable!

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free… that is two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had become official freeing all slaves. The Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to minimal Union troop strengths and a diminished capacity to enforce President Lincoln’s Executive Order. With the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to free the last slaves.

CWSCGeneralRountableDPAt 9am EST, the Roundtable welcomes Genealogist Donald Payton, President of the African American Genealogy Interest Group and former Dallas County Historical Commissioner. Join AM360’s Roundtable host Mark Shahid and AM360 Executive Producer William Kareem at 9:00 am for a discussion on freedom, history and a celebration of freedom and human dignity. 

This week the Roundtable at the intersection of a 150th Anniversary historical-cultural celebration that remembers a past wrong in order to get the future right.  Tune in or dial in at (646) 716-4478 and tweet us @CWShuraa on June 5 at 9:00 am EST.

This week’s Roundtable edition is dedicated to American Muslim pioneers Bilali Mahomet, Omar Ibn Said, Sali-Bul Ali, Lamen Kebe, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Sori and all who struggled for their human dignity under the system of U.S. Slavery.

From panel discussions to guest interviews, CWSC’s Roundtable is the place for constructive dialogue on the good things happening and on chronic issues we face, including dealing with the cultural barriers to operational excellence. When you want light and not heat…tune into the CWSC Roundtable!

CWSC Friday Roundtables are an opinion, viewpoints, and perspectives discussion sponsored by the Community Wide Shuraa Conference. Roundtable views expressed by hosts, panelists and guests are not necessarily the official position of the CWSC, Inc.

Click on the image below for an encore presentation of Last Friday’s Roundtable with Dr. Khalil Gibran MuhammadDirector of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.


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And now a short story [Aesop]

A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

Check out the CWSC Online Store & Bookshelf…

When you purchase featured titles through our online store or through our partners, you help us fund our operations, promote the intellectual works representing our diverse intelligentsia and encourage greater scholarship for our own education and the broader society’s education. Check out this week’s featured title for our 40th Anniversary:

GONALlGenesis of New American Leadership. Featuring a foreword by Imam Omar Shaheed and afterword by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin, Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life is one of the most powerful books from the American Muslim perspective since The Autobiography of Malcolm X! It is the text from which organizations in the Association of Imam W. Deen  Mohammed adapted their mission statements…An examination of how millions of American Muslims moved from theocratic autocracy toward true Islamic democracy and the lessons for today’s leaders. Provocative, yet pragmatic, universal yet specific. For Muslims this book is about the genesis of a new responsibility and for non-Muslims, it is about the genesis of a new understanding and acceptance.  FPLLC Qalam Books, English, hardcover, dust jacket, 336p.

“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra)

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