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AFRICAN AMERICANS LOST: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Can I Get A Witness?

September 11, 2001, the most tragic day in American history will be memorialized on TV, in print, and the Internet. At the same time a newly minted bunch of conspiracy theorists use the names of African American victims to revise history and for their own self-promotion.

In the face of these shameful revisionists of our African American experience, let’s channel our hearts to remember the three young innocent students from Washington, DC who died on Flight 77; to remember United Airlines Flight Attendant (Flight 93) CeeCee Lyles; and to remember United Airlines Co-Pilot Leroy Homer (Flight 93).

The most heart wrenching stories were those of the three black children who in their last moments perished without the comforting love of their parents.

The too short lives of these sweet children challenge all stereotypes of black children in America. They were selected by the National Geographic Society to participate in science program. Flight 77 would take them to The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary near Santa Barbara, Calif., part of a research project known as Sustainable Seas Expeditions. The National Geographic Society’s URL will connect you to its announcement of a new Environmental Education Program dedicated to these innocent babies. (My words).

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/11/1113_anacostia.html

The Students’ Photos and Profiles Are Below. They Will Break Your Heart.

Asia Cottom 11 years old:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/911victims/asia-s-cottom/

Rodney Dickens 11 years old:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/911victims/rodney-dickens/

Bernard Curtis Brown 11 years old:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/911victims/bernard-curtis-brown-ii/

Journalist Diana Lynne wrote a moving dedication:

“Littlest victims largely overlooked:Untold story of the children slain by Sept. 11 terrorists.”

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25771

Please Never Forget:

United Airlines Flight Attendant CeeCee Lyles (Flight 93)

http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20011028flt93lylesbiop8.asp

United Airlines Co-Pilot Leroy Homer (Flight 93):

http://www.unitedheroes.com/Leroy-Homer.html

Those who abuse the memory of African American victims deny our profound loss. Their callous speculations are equal to the callous terrorists who took our people to their deaths on September 11, 2001.

Please click on the main link below for Jonathan Gurwitz’ insightful article “Denying truth behind 9-11 desecrates innocent victims.” He writes that the precious African American children who died a horrific death deserve to be honored. His last words were:

“Rodney Dickens, Asia Cottom and Bernard Brown are worthy of nothing less.”

Can I Get A Witness?

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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