Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Buffalo soldiers

Last night friends Caitilin, Nancy and I took our girls to the main library to see the one-man show "Buffalo Soldier" which was not quite as it was described. Professional stage actor Cedric Liqueur performed a collage of impersonation/speeches of several African Americans whom he calls his "Buffalo soldiers". One of them was of course a portrayal of Sergeant George Jordan, who was born a slave and at age 19 joined one of the African-American army regiments known as the buffalo soldiers. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service.

One of the highlights of the evening was his rendition of the nice poem below:

Longing
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

If you could sit with mebeside the sea to-day, And whisper with me sweetest dreamings o'er and o'er;
I think I should not find the clouds so dim and gray, And not so loud the wavescomplaining at the shore.

If you could sit with me upon the shoreto-day, And hold my hand in yours as in the days of old,
I think I should not mindthe chill baptismal spray, Nor find my hand and heart and all the world so cold.

If you could walk with me upon the strand to-day, And tell me that my longing love had won your own,
I think all my sad thoughts would then be putaway, And I could give back laughter for the Ocean's moan!

1 comment:

Buffalo Soldier 9 said...

Keep telling that history:

Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, where Buffalo Bill Cody meets a Buffalo Soldier. A great story of Black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. Five stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

I know you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote the story that embodied the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism and gallantry. The story shows the truism to the fullest of a PG-14 perspective...with a DVD release to show the fullest reality of war. Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers.

Also the novel was taken from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.

Peace.