2009 Web Version
“And let us pray and work, that the misunderstanding, the bitterness, the hate, and the frustration and the tension that exists may disappear and that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Charity may prevail again amongst our people.”
From the LP, back cover
Has the NAACP helped the American Negro, or hindered him? Whose assignment is it to downgrade a Negro community into a “ghetto,” and to see that it remains a “ghetto”? What did the U.S. Supreme Court do to the lives of more than 130,000 qualified Negro teachers in the South? What did the Communists do, in 1928, to insure today’s “civil rights” insurrection? Who really started church segregation in the South?
These and many other provocative questions are superbly answered in this probing and abundantly documented speech by a God-serving and patriotic American Negro who was enticed into Communism with Utopian promises, who worked his way up to the high echelons of the conspiracy, then suddenly and dramatically saw through the blandishments. That was the day Manning Johnson faced the jolting realization that he was being used as an activist in the plot to destroy his native land.
When the fever of managed news and manipulated mass communications has burned itself out, and truth once again shines on the avenues of information, Manning Johnson’s name will loom large and gloriously in the list of American Negroes of whom all Americans can be proud.
In the minds of many, a veil of mystery obscures the true circumstances of Manning Johnson’s death. Was he cleverly liquidated by subversive elements, or did he die of natural causes? That question, too, is answered in the introduction to this final speech of Manning Johnson.
Royalties on this album are paid semi-annually to the Manning Johnson Scholarship Fund, which provides higher education opportunities to deserving young American Negro men and women.
Recorded under non-professional conditions, in a church, this album is hardly a highlight in hi-fi history. You’ll hear some babies crying here and there in the background. An occasional vehicle may be heard passing outside. There’s even some public address system “feedback.” But there’s a wealth of organic truth to offset any mechanical shortcomings. And we give it to you exactly as it happened.
KEY RECORDS gratefully acknowledges the valued assistance of Mr. J.C. Wittman of Seattle, Washington, and Mr. James Horne of Kirkland, Washington, for their volunteer assistance in helping to assemble the elemetns of this project. Special thanks go to Helen Wood Birnie, close friend and associate of Manning Johnson, and to the Coroner’s Office of San Bernardino County, California, for cooperation in separating rumors from facts in the matter of Manning Johnson’s death.