Pride Soaring




The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad


The Redwood Foundation

       Redwood trees are the tallest living things on earth, but there's a limit to their height that probably cannot be overcome no matter how ideal the growing conditions, a study suggests.  The tallest a redwood might ever grow is about 420 feet - a height reached in the past but not in evidence today after decades of mans’ hunger for its wood.

      Resistance to natural enemies such as insects and fire are built-in features of a coast redwood, this makes them invincible.  That is why they are considered immortal.  Diseases are virtually unknown and insect damage insignificant thanks to the high tannin content of the wood. Thick bark and foliage that rests high above the ground provides protection from all but the hottest fires.  They can burn but have the ability to resist the fire enough not to be harmed. 

Shrine Drive-Thru Tree.

     There's no stronger symbol of the clash between advancement and Nature than the Drive-Thru Tree. Early Redwood advertisers were one step ahead of the conservationists, as they tunneled through the base of selected giants, charging tourists for making the twenty foot journey from one side of a tree to the other without having to go around it. Modern environmentalists have made sure that there will be no new drive-thru trees, so the remaining few are tenaciously preserved for exploitation.






            The redwood tree: the tallest tree in the world, an immortal tree as it repels fire and withstands lighten strikes.  It reaches heights that exceed the confines of all others.  Up to 29 feet in diameter and up to 327 feet tall, living to over 3500 years or more, the only thing that can kill this great life is man.    

          The immensity of the redwood tree and the heights it reaches is not attained by discarding any of its roots.  Just as the redwood we can’t discard any of our roots for us to reach our great heights.


Purpose of Foundation 

            Every root of a tree is vital to the growth and strength of the tree through its life.  Nurturing each root increases the longevity and strength of the tree.  The Redwood Foundation is designed for that purpose.

           The roots for our tree, the people of African decent, reaches across the entire world from Oceania and our people in Papua New Guinea, to Melanesia, which literally means "islands of the black-skinned people" or the Solomon Islands, to the Caribbean and the countries of Jamaica, Hattie, Cuba and Puerto Rico, our roots spread across the Americas and Europe, and of course there is the land of origin, the land where all of mankind comes from, Africa. 

         The purpose of the Redwood Foundation it to feed, supply, nurture the vast and diverse roots of the Black Community at large.











Our  Roots are Important


     Our people are poor and starving, illness and disease are rampant. The average income is

$300.00 per year throughout West Africa.    

     Go to any village in Africa, and you will find dozens of little children playing with one another in the dust. Looking over them in the shade will be the grandmothers or   other elders, ready to intervene when things get out of hand. If a child is hurt in the squabbles that inevitably arise, they run to soothing arms of their grandmothers.

      But war, AIDS, famine have brought to Africa an entirely new concept, children with no family members, no blood relatives, no extended family members. No elders to care for them, they are lost and bereft in a cruel world, and no one seems to care.


      Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Americas. In this small Carribbean country, eighty percent of the population lives in abject poverty and one out of nine children dies before reaching her fifth birthday. In the last year Haiti has been struck by four hurricanes and mass hunger led to food riots.

      Haitians are no strangers to hunger. But even the resilience of the hemisphere's poorest citizens can be pushed too far, and with world food prices spiking this year due to shrinking harvests, burgeoning demand and skyrocketing fuel prices, it should be little surprise that Haiti is once again erupting in angry violence.

Papua New Guinea

 Papua New Guinea’s progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals has been slow. Uneven economic growth and distribution of wealth, high levels of violence, especially against women, deteriorating law and order, poor governance and diminishing public services have combined to undermine the nation’s stability. Social cohesion in some provinces has deteriorated to the point that they have descended into civil war (such as in Bougainville) or where the situation is tense (such as the Southern Highlands), leading to social disillusionment and marginalization in the community. The worst affected have often been women and youth.


            Death Chases African American Children

Chicago loses more black kids than soldiers in Iraq to gun violence

      Recently in Chicago, a teen gunman boarded a crowded public bus near a high school and opened fire with a handgun. I imagined this scene must have been similar to the bus bombings that are so common in wartorn Iraq.

      As I researched this analogy, I found striking similarities between what is happening in black communities across the United States and what is happening in a full-fledged war zone in Iraq. The major difference is that far more black children are dying in Chicago than Chicago soldiers are dying in Iraq.

      At about 24 deaths a year, Chicago children are being killed 24 times the rate that Chicago soldiers are being killed in Iraq. Statistics from Military Genealogy Trails show that during the five-year period between September 2001 and July 2006, six soldiers from Chicago were killed in Iraq combat. In a startling comparison, however, during an eight-year period between 1998 and 2007, 190 Chicago Public School children, mostly black, died in gun-related incidents.

          Food Security

      36.2 million Americans - including 12.4 million children - don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive. They are food insecure and at risk of hunger.


      In Russia, dark-skinned people, especially blacks and people of African origin face a growing trend in race-based violence.

     According to some recent AP news reports Africans in Russian cities are often afraid to go out in public for fear of being attacked or killed.


     The situation in Germany is not very different. In April 2006, a 37-year-old Ethiopian engineer was beaten into a coma in Potsdam. News reports described his injuries from the beating as "unusual in their severity."

     Such attacks are increasingly common in Germany. In recent weeks police have made arrests in connection with such brutal attacks on Africans and other dark-skinned people in Berlin, Wisner and other cities. Africans know certain areas in the eastern part of Berlin, such as Marzahn and Hellersdorf, as "no-go" areas where they are certain to be attacked or killed.

United Kingdom and The Netherlands

     In Britain where a black teen was killed last July with an ax embedded in his skull by white men "shouting racist taunts," the focus of media and government is -- as in other European centers -- not on endemic racism in society, but on right wing extremism.

     The tendency to downplay racism against blacks in society is belied by the way officialdom reacts when immigrant minorities are caught on the wrong side of the law.

      Take the case of Hirsi Ali, the prominent Somali-born former Dutch lawmaker who was stripped of her citizenship for admittedly lying in her immigration application. Her conviction and loss of citizenship led to a copycat case in Germany last month when a Nigerian was stripped of his German citizenship -- held since 2000 -- for allegedly lying about his employment record during immigration application.

     Africans and other dark-skinned minorities in Europe know too well how deeply rooted the racism in society is. They are also aware of how difficult it is to penetrate the consciousness of the average European with this fact.