African American Health Freedom Fighters

Frederick Douglass, Dick Gregory, Jamel Holley and beyond!

January 19, 2020 — As we celebrate the life and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I want to draw attention to all of the brave African American Health Freedom Fighters throughout our history and with us today. While many on this list will be perceived as controversial that is irrelevant: if you are African American and you fight, or have fought, for Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice, you belong on this list.

(1) Frederick Douglass

I first learned of Frederick Douglass’ opposition to mandatory vaccination from the great Mary Holland. Douglass is, of course, the legendary 19th century African American abolitionist and civil rights leader. Very few people know that Douglass was staunchly opposed to mandatory vaccination. He noted that many who were vaccinated for small pox still died of small pox, so what was the point of the vaccination?! In 1882 Douglass told a reporter that mandatory vaccines encroached on people’s liberty and freedom of choice.

(2) Jamel Holley

I had never heard of Assemblyman Jamel Holley until January 10, 2020 when he boldly stood against the corrupt New Jersey Democratic party boss Stephen Sweeney. Holley opposed a bill that would have made the religious exemption to vaccination illegal in New Jersey public schools yet still allowed in private religious schools. He opposed the bill as segregationist and racist, which it clearly was. Not only did he oppose the bill, he lobbied his fellow African American legislators and got them to oppose it along with him. Currently Holley is standing firmly not only with the Black Community, but with the Health Freedom Movement as a whole, and my contacts are assuring me that Holley is the real-deal when it comes to Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice. The opportunistic, Big Pharma shill Stephen Sweeney is taking the racist position that Black legislators in New Jersey led by Holley are hurting children by not segregating them; a position that has no evidence to support it. This battle in New Jersey is now ground-zero for for America’s Health Freedom Movement in 2020. Jamel Holley is a brave man who needs and deserves all of our support!

(3) Curtis Cost

Curtis Cost is by far the most important African American Health Freedom Fighter alive and active today. His 1991 book “Vaccines are Dangerous” was the first book penned by an African American on the topic of vaccine safety. Cost has been educating thousands of people for decades on the safety and efficacy of vaccines and continues his invaluable activism today. His controversial Harlem Vaccine Forum was far and away the most important Health Freedom event of 2019, and he ended the year with the very successful Great Harlem Vaccine Debate. Cost is in the midst of planning resistance and protests to Oprah Winfrey’s Big Pharma sponsored vaccine promotional tour.

(4) Dick Gregory

The late, great comedian and activist Dick Gregory may be the man responsible for popularizing and spreading the vegan lifestyle within the African American community. Gregory would often appear publicly with Dr. Gary Null to discuss issues of health and healing. While Gregory didn’t always get all of the facts correct when he spoke on matters of health and science, it didn’t matter; that is not what made him so incredibly important. If it wasn’t for him hundreds of thousands, if not millions of African Americans would have never even heard that a vegetarian lifestyle was a healthy option and that vaccination posed immediate dangers. The last few years of his life Gregory had grown very bitter, and when looking at the world around us I can understand why. But I don’t remember Gregory just for the last few years of his life; his legacy is far too powerful for that as he has awoken many people and saved many lives.

(5) Virstyne Henry

Virstyne Henry is a vaccine-injured Health Freedom Activist. She has been researching the dangers of vaccines ever since she learned her asthma – which she thought was from birth – didn’t arise until after she was given a DTaP vaccine as an infant. Upon realizing this she researched the topic veraciously. Henry participated as a panelist in The Great Harlem Vaccine Debate in December of 2019. She continues to pursue all types of truths on where you can catch her interviewing many guests on a wide range of topics, especially on the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

(6) Nancy Turner Banks

Dr. Nancy Turner Banks MD is author of “AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire,” and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Trained in surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, and gynecological oncology, she practiced general obstetrics and gynecology for twenty-five years. In addition, she earned an MBA in finance. Banks is an extremely outspoken critic of the CDC’s vaccine schedule for children.

(7) Minister Louis Farrakhan

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is nothing if he is not controversial. When his name is mentioned the very first thought to all who devour mainstream media is “antisemitism.” Regardless of these controversies I know for a fact Minister Farrakhan is 100% correct on his stance regarding vaccination as well as fluoridation. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (NOI) have helped many truths regarding health and healing to access and assist the Black Community. There are at least two other members of NOI that need to be mentioned here as well.

(8) Tony Muhammad

Minister Tony Muhammad has been fighting to get the truth out regarding the dangers of vaccines for years. He has protested in front of the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia as well as lectured and given multiple interviews on the topic. To quote him directly from the speech he gave in front of CDC Headquarters: “The Pharmaceutical industry is very powerful. They are the richest lobby group in the world. Minister Farrakhan’s love is so deep for Black and oppressed people that no forces on earth can get him to sell our people out. He loves the truth and is a warner to our people.”

(9) Rizza Islam

Rizza Islam is a young NOI brother who speaks very clearly and boldly, and when it comes to vaccination he pulls no punches stating there is a plot to kill and disable Black men through the childhood vaccination schedule. As wild as that may sound to many people, the movie VAXXED uncovered that the CDC has known for years that the MMR vaccine given at 18 months of age results in an autism rate 340% higher in African American boys than in any other group. Rizza Islam is able to reach many Black youth regarding the dangers of vaccination, and he recognizes that fighting forced vaccination is a universal struggle for all regardless of race, ethnicity, social status, or class.

(10) Sheila Ealey

Sheila Ealey became internationally known from the movie VAXXED, where she was featured along side her autistic son Temple Ealey. She told her story of how her son was accidentally given 2 MMR shots at the same time. From that point on her boy was never the same again. Ealey has been a strong, passionate voice for Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice ever since. She has traveled the country and the world to help educate and advocate on the dangers of vaccines. To hear this Warrior Mom speak is a true spiritual experience!

(11) Dr. Phil Valentine

I first heard of the Reverend Dr. Phil Valentine at The Harlem Vaccine Forum. He is extremely knowledgeable and has helped hundreds of African American families receive religious exemptions to vaccination in New York (before the religious exemption law was repealed). Valentine said his exemptions were challenged in court three times by the Department of Education, and all three times he won. When he went to the courts to receive the transcripts for those three cases either the court transcripts had been sealed or lost, according to Valentine. He has a powerful message that covers many topics, including child sex trafficking where he gives a little praise to President Donald Trump for combating the horrifying practice.

(12) Dead Prez

Stic Man & M1 form the Revolutionary Hip-Hop duo known as “Dead Prez.” While they have never explicitly spoken out against mandatory vaccination it is clearly & loudly implied through the lyrics in their songs and the vegan lifestyles they choose to live. In their song “Be Healthy” they say, Let your food be your medicine, no excederin, strictly herbs that I raise in the sun ’cause I got melanin…They say you are what you eat, so I strive to eat healthy. My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy, ’cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways, we got to start takin’ better care of ourselves. In their youth the duo would rhyme about atheism and Marxist Revolution, however as they matured I have been told they have gone deep into Eastern Mysticism exploring and expanding their spiritual quests.

(13) Charles Barron

Charles Barron is a former Black Panther Party member and a current state Assemblyman representing Brooklyn. He is a member of the Assembly Health Committee in Albany, NY. When the religious exemption to vaccination was up for repeal Barron voted NO in the Health Committee and NO on the floor of the assembly. His words in the Health Committee were clear and powerful. Unfortunately he did not lobby other New York Democrats to join him in voting NO, the way Jamel Holley did and continues to do in New Jersey.

(14) Rodneyse Bichotte

Rodneyse Bichotte is an Assemblywoman representing Brooklyn and, like Barron, is also a member of the Assembly Health Committee. She also voted NO to repealing the religious exemption to vaccination in both the committee and floor votes. Bichotte stated on the floor of the Assembly that she had been given the MMR vaccine as a child yet still got measles twice after that. She reminded everyone that when the HIV/AIDS epidemic first came on the scene it was wrongly blamed on Haitians, just as unvaccinated children were being blamed for spreading measles today; both of those claims are false and there is no evidence to support either of them. I only wish that the Assemblywoman will take the next, natural step of actively seeking support for Health Freedom from her fellow Democratic colleagues in Albany.

(15) Chantel Jackson

Chantel Jackson is a Bronx candidate for Assembly that is gaining major endorsements on her path to Albany. She is firmly, and completely, a Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice candidate. She is also a Democrat. The FED UP DEMOCRAT enthusiastically and completely endorses Chantel Jackson!

Jackson has spoken firmly in support of allowing religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccination, she has spoken out against making the HPV vaccine mandatory to attend school, and she has expressed reservations regarding a potential coronavirus vaccine. The Daily News reported all of this as if Jackson was out of her mind.

However the reality is that Jackson is part of a growing voice of African American female politicians who believe in the principals of Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice. Rodneyse Bichotte and Tremaine Wright are two African American assemblymembers who voted against the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination on June 13, 2019. Both are from Brooklyn and already hold seats in Albany as they continue to be rising stars in the Democratic Party. Bichotte is now the Democratic Party Boss in Brooklyn, and Wright may be headed for the Senate this election season as Senator Velmanette Montgomery has announced she is leaving her Senate seat and has endorsed Wright to succeed her.

Jackson has also been endorsed by Assemblyman Michael Blake, Senator Luis Sepulveda and Senator Brian Benjamin. It is interesting to note all of these endorsements come from Democrats who voted to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination on June 13, 2019 even though Jackson would have never supported such a Draconian measure. The Democratic party in New York is split on this issue and – due to continued Health Freedom activism – the principals of parental choice and medical freedom are gaining traction within the party.


I am sure there are many important Health Freedom Fighters I left out that belong on this list.

3 thoughts on “African American Health Freedom Fighters

  1. Great article – thanks for sharing! I’m in NJ and watching the situation closely. Proud of Jamel Holley!


    1. I have to say I am really, really impressed with Jamel Holley. He has come out the gate as a true champion of Health & Religious Freedom. All of the Democrats in New York who supported us never came out full force the way I am seeing Holley come. Holley is helping Health Freedom & Vaccine Choice to become a nationally recognized voting issue.


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