Hello my name is Leroy F. Moore Jr,
I am a Black disabled writer, researcher, poet, songwriter, lecturer and activist. I am writing because I’m interested in sharing my knowledge of Black disabled history and music in Mississippi and the South. An explanation of my work/project is below.. I hope I’ll hear from you soon.
From Gospel to the Blues, to the dark side of lynching to the Black Civil Rights Movement, Mississippi and the whole South have a rich Black Disabled History that is not recognized as a whole. I would like to share my Blues poetry and artistic storytelling of some Black disabled artists and activists that helped change not only in Mississippi, the South but the whole country. Also the National Black Disabled Coalition with me are working on a Black disabled historical exhibit (more info on that soon). I’ve been on the college lecture circuit since 1998 but never had the opportunity to present/perform in Mississippi. Hit me back at Blackkrip@gmail.com
It doesn’t mean donating, it only means spreading my twenty plus years on Blackness and disability. Why Mississippi? Because I want to not only present my work from Slavery to Jim Crow to the Blues to police brutality to some of our Black disabled heroes and sheroes in the South and all across the USA to Hip-Hop from a Black disabled viewpoint, but also want to see first hand what my Black disabled ancestors created and laid down in Mississippi. I really want to walk or wheel in the footsteps of the late Josh White Sr. who led Black blind Blues musicians all around the South. I even tracked down and interviewed Josh White Jr.. In the early 2000’s I also interviewed The Blind Boys of Alabama and now I have interviewed one of the best Southern Hip-Hop journalist, Charlie R. Braxton of Mississippi. Why is this so important to me, because these are my Black disabled ancestors in Mississippi so before my body weakens even more, I want to make be in Mississippi to present my work, talk to historians and to see and walk in the shoes of my disabled ancestors etc.. Especially now with the new Civil Rights Museum that opened in Mississippi and other Black museums throughout the south it is so important to talk and display stories of Black disabled people that contribute to Black history and present.
Like I said above, I was blessed to interview Josh White Jr about his father who was a folk singer, activist, storyteller and was a guide boy of a lot of Black blind Blues artists all through the south back in the day. I think this story and so many more are so important for Black disabled people, Black disabled youth, and people in general! I’m no expert of the South but I know a lot of Black Disabled history and I would like to not only share it but to expand on it with others in Mississippi to help highlight this history within the larger Black history especially now with Mississippi’s two new museums to make sure that Black disabled youth see and read about people who look like them.
Please send me an email at Kriphopnation@gmail.com if you are interested. Enjoy this interview and thanks for reading my request.
The Blues Guide Boy Story From His Son, Josh White Jr. (Interview)
Leroy F. Moore Jr.: As a Black Disabled researcher, journalist and music scholar, I was excited when I read the book Josh White: Society Blues about his life. That is where I learned that he was a guide to most famous Blind Blues artists all through the South. Did your father share with you some of these stories?
Josh White Jr.: Leroy, he never talked about the blind men he led. There were 66 different blind black street singers my old man led. From the age of 7 to 16 and a half, none would teach him how to play. So he would pick up the guitar of whomever he was leading at the time when they would go off and do whatever they were going to do without their guitar and dad would play it in whatever tuning it was in and with his own raw talent he found his way.
Leroy F. Moore Jr.: I have always had this dream to walk your father’s path that he led blind Blues artists throughout the South. Did he ever share to you his path that he set in the South?
Josh White Jr.: Dad never did. The one story he did recount was watching the hanging of three young black men. I know whenever sang Strange Fruit, he was singing from the eyes of 7 years old.
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Pic: Yellow & Black Mississippi Blues Map Drawing of many Black Blues Artists