When I started in gun rights activism in 1991, the only face that looked liked mine was Roy Innis, from NY. He was the remaining survivor of CORE and on the NRA board of Directors.
There was the gun club in Buffalo, NY run by Aquil Qadir, and a few hunting clubs that operated almost in secret after centuries of persecution socially and legally. I learned about the gun club honoring the name of the black Navy seaman, Dorie Miller. It was still culturally taboo for a black man to publicly proclaim they were pro-gun. It was a death sentence at one time.
When I created my training business, African American Arms and Instruction (A3i, inc.) in 1986, I was an enigma. When I founded the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club in 1991, I was a revolutionary.
Today, I am no longer unique, alone or a radical. New leaders have risen across the nation. Many unaware what I did before Google, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were created.
Our goals are the same. Save our community. Strengthen our nation. I salute and recognize them here.
We are all gun rights activist, instructors and community leaders. Each of us touches a facet of the community.
None of us, is as strong as all of us. -Ashanti Proverb
Stay tuned as I feature their accomplishments and successes on future shows.
Power to the People.
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