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Slave of Minimum Wage


Ken Stiggers

Miss Doodle Mae: "The Jojo's Discount Dollar Store 'Black Music Month and Juneteenth Celebration Sale' was a huge success. Congressman Smokey 'Robinson' McBride and his singing group, the 'Deltonetics,' entertained customers and gave them a wonderful black-music history lesson. 'Cool Daddy' McBride shared fascinating stories about the emancipation of slaves and the 'Juneteenth' holiday. In the arts and crafts section of the store, Chief Crazy Brotha hosted a screening of the movie 'Roots' and read Margaret Walker Alexander's critically acclaimed poem titled 'For My People.' And Brother Hustle, part-time refreshment vendor, served customers ice-cold glasses of strawberry soda-pop, a popular Juneteenth beverage.

"Customers, get ready for a special 4th of July celebration at Jojo's Discount Dollar Store. Jogo wants to call this upcoming event 'What to the Slave of the Minimum Wage is the 4th of July?' Sale. Frederick Douglass' famous speech titled 'What to the Slave is the 4th of July?' was Jojo's inspiration. Douglass delivered this speech to the Ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society on July 5, 1852. His speech criticized the hypocrisy of the United States and the Christian church.

"Chief Crazy Brotha will premiere a special re-enactment of the Frederick Douglass 4th of July speech in aisle 7 and 1/2. Scooby 'Angry Black Man' Rastus will play the role of Frederick Douglass, the great American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman.

"Come join us at Jojo's during his 4th of July sale for food, fun, entertainment, education and critical thinking activities."

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