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Moving in tandem with American history, the bold and brave first Black four-star general of the U. S. Air Force, Daniel “Chappie” James, in a rare historic television appearance on Tony Brown’s Journal, offered to his beloved country and his legally-oppressed Black brothers and sisters the same sage advice that his Black Mama had bestowed on him when he was facing the hardships of White racism in Pensacola, Florida.

“Boy,” the loving mother advised, “Don’t stand there banging on that door of opportunity, yelling, ‘Let me in, let me in.’ Then all of a sudden, someone snatches open the door and you say, ‘Wait a minute, I have to go and pack my bags.’ Instead, you stand there, armed with your bags of knowledge and your bags of understanding and your bags of desire -- and when they crack that door, step in and take charge!”

That’s exactly what that determined young boy of U. S. segregation would do years later as a U. S. fighter pilot over North Korea!