Volume XII Number 5       "Building Family Unity Through Communication"        October,  1998

The Wisdom Of The Ages

What Willie Lynch, a West Indian Slave Holder,
Told American Slave Holders in 1712

entlemen, I greet you here on the bank of the James River in  the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve.  First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia,  for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your  problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest  plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with  some of the newest and still the oldest methods of control of  slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program were imple- mented. As our boat sailed south on the James River,  named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we  cherish. I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique.  While Rome used cords of woods as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here  using the tree and the rope on occasion.

I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of  miles back. You are not only losing a valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away,  your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for  maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are  killed. Gentlemen, you know what your problems are: I do not  need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I  am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my  bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling your black  slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that, if installed correctly, it  will control the slaves for at least 300 hundred years. My  method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it.

I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves: and I  take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will  work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of  differences, and think about them. On top of my list is “Age,” but it is there only because it starts with an “A,” the second is ‘’color" or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, status on plantation, attitude of owners, whether  the slaves live in the valley, on the hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, coarse hair, or are tall or short. Now that you have  a list of differences. I shall give you an outline of action — but  before that I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration.

The black slave after receiving this indoctri- nation shall carry on and will become self re-fueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old black male vs. the young black male, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use  the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all  Blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend  on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. 

Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to con- trol. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful. Thank you, gentlemen.

Take note! Could this be why we as a people have such difficulty getting along with each other as family, friends and neighbors? Will we ever be released from this malaise we have been heir to for so many, many years? 

What’s Inside

What Willie Lynch Said to American
    Slave Holders in 1712
The News Quarterly Has Gone Online
Family Life
  Donald Thomas Robinson II Marries
   Elisa René Roy Weds Reginald H. Watts
Letters From Family
Another Beloved Elder Crosses Over
Family Enterprises On the Move
We Are A Family Service In Need!
The RNH Family Gallery of Our Ancestors

Your History

Joel A. Rogers

From J.A. Rogers. Your History from the Beginning to the Present (The Pittsburgh Courier Publishing Co., 1940). Reprinted from the original collection of Heru-Ka Anu, 1983.

The Family News Quarterly 
Has Gone Online

s Cousin Tony Harrison of Maryland suggested in the April, 1998, issue of the News Quarterly, the Ohio Family Reunion Planning Committee and the News Quarterly’s Editorial Board have, as promised, finally put Tony’s suggestion into operation. The result of our work will be at no additional cost to those family members who have already subscribed. Their $5.00 subscription will remain the same and they will also con- tinue to receive a copy of the News Quarterly through the mail as usual. The only difference will be that those family members who are connected to the World Wide Web (the Inter- net) can read the News Quarterly on their home or work computers, too.

Not only will this current quarterly issue be on the “Family News Quarterly Web site,” but you will be able to read past issues of the News Quarterly as well. We have created an Archive where you will find News Quarterly issues as far back as 1987 when the News Quarterly was first published. Many of you have requested xerox copies of the News Quarterly. Now, you will be able to view these issues on the Internet as the Robinson-Naylor-Harris family enters the 21st Century and the Com- puter Age. Presently, however, there are only the four most recent issues (including this issue) in the Archive. It will, of course, take a while for HieroGraphics Online’s Webmaster, Edward Crosby, to place the full catalog of 30 back issues on the Web site. This will take some doing, but “the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” it will be done in due course. Since nothing comes to us for nothing in this world, there are some things each family member must do:

  • First, only those family members who have presently paid the $5.00 subscrip- tion fee will be allowed to enter the Web site;
  • Second, if you don’t already own a PC (personal computer), IBM compatible or Mac, you should buy one as soon as possible. They can be purchased now for less than $1,000; if this is economically impossible, remember many works sites, universities, schools, public libraries and commu- nity centers make computers available for limited on-site use. Whatever, it is essential that computers be present in the home because they are very effec- tive educational tools for youth and adults; they are also very useful for in- terpersonal communication and inform- ation acquisition on a wide variety of topics from books to auto dealerships to home loans to scholarships to college admissions — you name it, you can find it on the Internet.
  • Third, those of you who have sub- scribed will need a valid User ID and Password. These will be issued to you by the Webmaster via e-Mail within a day or two after you have accurately completed the Authorization Form and submitted it;
  • Fourth, those family members who have not yet subscribed to the News Quarterly should do so as soon as possible. To gain access to the News Quarterly Online and/or through the mail, send the $5.00 subscription fee to Sweetie Crosby at 12435 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44108.
Once you are ready to access the Family News Quarterly Web site, type in the “Loca- tion” space on your browser the following:

This will take you to the “News Quarterly’s Authorization Form.” Here you should enter the User ID and Password you want. Note: Both of these should not have more than 12 letters — no numbers, please. As stated above, your authorized User ID and Password will come to you via e-Mail within a day or two. Questions should be addressed to the News Quarterly’s Webmaster by sending an e-Mail to: hierogfx@hierographicsonline.org.

While you are online, be certain to visit the other HieroGraphics Online Web pages. You will find they are not only interesting but also packed with historical and educational information. Of especial interest to you, your in-school children, college-age youth and others will be the comprehensive “Your History Online,” a chronological history of Africans in Africa, in the Americas and in the Diaspora from 1600 BCE to AD 1980.

Why Have We Come So Far And Can Do So Little?

Another Beloved Elder Crosses Over

nnie Phillip Allen suddenly departed this life at 92 years of age on September 19, 1998, at Providence Hospital. She was born July 5, 1906, one of four siblings, in Saint Mary’s County, Mary- land, to the late Frank and Willie Ann Stewart. The family moved to Washington, DC, where Annie attended public Schools and graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High. Annie retired from the Washington Hospital Center, but remained actively employed in her personal business as a sales representative for Avon Products. It was in this arena where Annie proved to be highly skilled in sales and marketing and where she served many friends who became and remained extended family.

Annie was married to the late Clifford Allen. She was preceded in death by her brother Tasco and two sisters, Gladys and Florence. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Gladys Delores McMath; eight grandchildren, Warren, Archie, Angelique, Michelle, Rinaldo, Patrice, Rosita, and Endre; eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, one niece and a host of cousins and life-long friends.

Annie was a devout Christian. Her life was a demonstration of many acts of love, support, and kindness toward her family, friends and neighbors. She loved her church and enjoyed serving as a member of the July Birthday Club, and the Episcopal Church Women of Saint Luke, where for many of the over 50 years, she mailed Sunday Bulletins to the sick and shut-in, so they could continue to participate in Church by being informed.

In her younger years, Annie was an active member of the Eastern Star. As she advanced in age, she supported them in spirit and through donation.

Editor’s Note: You will remember that in the April, 1998, issue of the News Quarterly, Gladys McMath, Annie P. Allen’s daughter, reminded us to observe her mother’s 92nd birthday on July 5, 1998. The entire family of Mrs. Annie P. Allen wish to extend to all who acknowledged her. May you continue to remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

God Bless The Child Who Has Her Own

Family Life

ouisa Olivia and Pleamon Samuels, Gloria Jean Robinson, Neora and Osceola Robinson and Donald T. Robinson, all of whom are now deceased ancestors, are pleased to look down from on high and witness the union through marriage of their grandson and son, Donald Thomas Robinson, II to Wanda Denise (Williams) Olugbala, the granddaughter of Albert J. and Vernell Davis Williams and daughter of Glenn E. Williams.

The loving couple were united on October 17, 1998 at 4:00PM at the Belle Isle Casino, Casino Way, Detroit, Michigan. The entire Editorial Board join the Robinson-Naylor- Harris family in general in wishing the newly- weds a long, loving and bountiful life together.

r and Mrs. Carl Roy, Sr., announced the marriage of their daughter, Elisa René to Mr. Reginald Herman Watts on Friday, September 4, 1998, in Vienna, Virginia. As pointed above, the Editorial Board along with the Robinson-Naylor-Harris family also wish the newly-weds continue to cherish each other and have a long, loving and bountiful life together.

Letters From Family

y dear Cousins in Ohio,

I am glad to get a few words with you and hope you and your families are doing well.

I am sending you a check of $20,00 dollars to help with the mailing of the News Quarterly. When I sent you a check over a year ago, I told you to cut out my News Quarterly subscription because my grandson, Dr. Wayne Roy is living with me at 3699 Sage Road, Delaplane, Virginia 20144-2036. The zip code is not 22025 any more. So please just send the News Quarterly to Wayne R. Roy and we can share it and save some postage.

I saw the letter saying they are considering taking the chimney down at the Robinson House. I was with Richard R. Robinson and his father Oswald Robinson when they were trying to get something done for the memory of the Robinson House. I hope, if they pull the chimney down, that they will build some nice memorial in place of the chimney. I was born in that house on May 1, 1911 and I lived there until I was 15 years old.

My mother, Rosa Robinson, was Gentleman Jim Robinson’s granddaughter. Her father, Tasco Robinson, was Gentleman Jim’s son.

Family Enterprises On The Move

RBD: Recycling Black Dollars

he mission of RBD is to create an environment that will allow black people to participate in the economic growth and development of our community and to clearly communicate the benefits of utilizing our massive consumer power ($400 billion nationally) to support and strengthen existing businesses and invest in the development of new ones.

Suppose you overheard degrading remarks about the credibility of African American professional and businesses by other African Americans. That’s exactly what happened to Muhammad Nassardeen, the former director of Centinela Hospital Medical Center, who was inspired to found RBD in 1988. According to Muhammad, “Other people are not going to feel comfortable supporting or patronizing us if we do not have confidence in our own people.”

Recycling Black Dollars is an Organization created as a vehicle of self-determination, generating self-help toward black empowerment through economic development. RBD, founded in August 1988 as a weekly networking activity, has produced a quantifiable result. New business relationships have been created and has resulted in enhanced exposure and increased marketing and sales for the membership.

During our weekly meeting, economic issues are discussed, members are encouraged to make promotional presentations to the members and guests, and problems which various members are having in their businesses are openly discussed among their business peers. The results have been outstanding

In every black community the church is one of the major information sources of the people. RBD has worked closely with religious and community organizations to disseminate the message of economic development.

Our agenda is to encourage the black community-at-large to support black businesses products and services, in addition to encourage black businesses to upgrade their service delivery systems, enhance product quality control, and endeavor to meet the expectation of often difficult to please customer base. Visit the RBD Web Site at: http://www.rbdonline.net.

We Are Family Service In Need!

ithout the regular submission of news and information from you, our subscribers, the News Quarterly will not long be able to continue its 11 years of service to the family at large. We don’t think it is entirely necessary to remind you that the News Quarterly is one of the very few regularly published and growing family newsletters in the United States. 

Indeed, we are more than certain that we are unique among families in African America in terms of our long publication history. We will not be able to maintain this uniqueness without information from you on a wide variety of topics relating to family history, births, scholarships, graduations, etc. 

The Robinson-Naylor-Harris Family
Gallery of Our Ancestors

Martha "Sis" Farr Harris

Alfred Sprigg Harris (1863-1947)

Grace O'Carroll

Bladen Robinson (ca. 1862-1915)

Rosa Robinson

Osceola (Ocie) Robinson (?-1975)

Editorial Board
 Fred M. Crosby                                                       Editor 
 Edward W. Crosby                                 Managing Editor
                                                                   and Publisher
 Sweetie T. Crosby                               Business Manager 
 Lillian Robinson                                                Historian 
 B. Oswald Robinson                                          Historian 
 Geraldine Naylor Ellis                                       Historian
 HieroGraphics Online                    Webmaster, Graphics 
                                                                      and Layout 
Regional, City, and Staff Reporters
 Carla Crosby                                          Beachwood, OH 
 Earnell Harris                                                Suffolk, VA 
 Sharon Wake                                            Columbia, MD
 Carla Young                                             Baltimore, MD 
 Warren Bloom                                     Philadelphia, PA 
The second week of January, April, July and October  are the deadlines for receiving copy. Copy received after the second week will be published in the next issue. The Managing Editor reserves the right to edit all copy to con- serve space of have the copy conform to the News Quar- terly’s editorial policy. Mail all copy to any of the five staff reporters. You may also send typed or legible handwrit- ten copy, letters and inquiries to: The Editor, 12435 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44108, or call (216) 541-5040; send a FAX to (216) 541-5043. You may also send e-Mail to: 
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