It is with my highest hope of understanding as well overstanding the calling
what awaken me from my mental sleep was from the great grave of thy
forefather, while my great process of poetry under da love of heart written
there was a greater void that held me until it was seen through darkness
many think dark is blackness a total of nothing but what's inside of darkness
is a greater light of beauty one each and own must fine within self to understand
this man talked to me .......the image i searched and searched and searched
was it an act of the almighty above was it a calling from the grave is beyond me
but that don't matter now !
in full (who am I).......I am more then what is seen yet I am known as $$RICH$$
still yet I am Dyrell Bass american born unto a land that care not for me a place
that say go home . Home where is home when i was born here is Africa my place!
while being disrespected// racially profiled // corrupted // mentally enslaved //
for being black - how i watch my people be treated in the worse way and every
leader in which they stood take action but only in a battle that's yet unfolded
hero's not for the reward is to continue da work of those before you and look beyond
Inside my story lay is mission a reason and deed to a cause that we are not yet
justifed in this ameri-land and blacks/african/ and or american's so to the table I sit
in hope that the awakening of my coming be heard and what position I take in this
struggle upon the hardship and poverty against the families of black people.
Let me share this awakening call and what i found !
This man came to me out the shadows of death for he was known as good/ uncorrupted
and was judged as fearless I found through my lines of historic roots he was
my family Joy Bass 1838 / 1910 he was born a slave to the slavemaster Reeves
who change his name to Bass Reeves , Bass Reeves was one of the first black lawmen west of the Mississippi River. As one of the most respected lawmen working in Indian Territory, he achieved legendary status for the number of criminals he captured.
Bass Reeves was born a slave in Crawford County in July 1838. His owners, the William S. Reeves family, moved to Grayson County, Texas, in 1846. During the Civil War, Bass became a fugitive slave and found refuge in Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma) amongst the Creek and Seminole Indians. Reeves is believed to have served with the irregular or regular Union Indians that fought in Indian Territory during the Civil War.
After the Civil War, Reeves settled in Van Buren (Crawford County) with his wife, Jennie, and children. Oral history states that Reeves served as a scout and guide for deputy U.S. marshals going into Indian Territory on business for the Van Buren federal court. In 1875, Judge Isaac C. Parker became the federal judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which had jurisdiction over Indian Territory. This court had moved to Fort Smith (Sebastian County). In 1875, Reeves was hired as a commissioned deputy U.S. marshal, making him one of the first black federal lawmen west of the Mississippi River.
During his law enforcement career, Reeves stood 6'2" and weighed 180 pounds. He could shoot a pistol or rifle accurately with his right or left hand; settlers said Reeves could whip any two men with his bare hands. Reeves became a legend during his lifetime for his ability to catch criminals under trying circumstances. He brought fugitives by the dozen into the Fort Smith federal jail. Reeves said the largest number of outlaws he ever caught at one time was nineteen horse thieves he captured near Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The noted female outlaw Belle Starr turned herself in at Fort Smith when she found out Reeves had the warrant for her arrest.
In 1887, Reeves was tried for murder for the shooting of his trail cook, but he was found innocent. In 1890, Reeves arrested the notorious Seminole outlaw Greenleaf, who had been on the run for eighteen years without capture and had murdered seven people. The same year, Reeves went after the famous Cherokee outlaw Ned Christie. Reeves and his posse burned Christie’s cabin, but he eluded capture.
In 1893, Reeves was transferred to the East Texas federal court at Paris, Texas. He was stationed at Calvin in the Choctaw Nation and took his prisoners to the federal commissioner at Pauls Valley in the Chickasaw Nation. While working for the Paris court, Reeves broke up the Tom Story gang of horse thieves that operated in the Red River valley.
In 1897, Reeves was transferred to the Muskogee federal court in Indian Territory. Reeves remarried in 1900 to Winnie Sumter; his first wife had died in Fort Smith in 1896. In 1902, Reeves arrested his own son, Bennie, for domestic murder in Muskogee. Bennie was convicted and sent to the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.
This man was a warrior of good vs evil and gave me signs to walk the path laid for unsong black men in a war today so divided / corrupted and unlawfully, as my story goes from the bark root of thy forefather and what stood as greatness (I in hope to now take my place in the circle of life) one that might not allow me to see the end or reach the full bloom of us in unity, but my spirit and memory will be there inside my story yet written.
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