Aura of Mystery 1972 Black Muslims

The 26th Amendment had just been ratified the year before giving 18 year olds the right to vote. 1972 was the year of student protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two events in particular that year led to deaths with surrounding circumstances still disputed leading many to wonder if justice was done. Living Legends Moses Williams, Charlie Granger and Major Reggie Brown recount the events of January 10, 1972.

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Count Time Podcast Living Legends Moses Williams, Charlie Granger and Major Reginald Brown

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Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Aura of Mystery 1972 Black Muslims

Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

Charlie granger

I was there from the time the first shot was fired, it was over. I helped pick up both of the dead deputies that were right in front of me on the ground. And blow by blow, I help pick them up, put them in ambulance.

major reggie brown

We’re going to be going back, doing some reflection today, reminiscing and also giving you some historical information on something that happened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1972. There’s a lot of different accounts of what happened, how it happened, but we do know there was a loss of life that day. But there were some men who showed up to make a difference, to make an impact on their community. No one knew who these men were, but they showed up and they called themselves the Black Muslims. So that was a little 50 years ago. These men showed up and told the people and the community that it was going to give them their city back. No one knew what to anticipate until that dreadful day when several people was killed.


Well, I got individuals that was there. That was a part of it that spoke with the men on several occasions about why they was there, the men who was there that day on North Street in front of the Temple Masonic Lodge building. This where everything took place on January 10, you’re going to hear from different people about what had happened, how it happened. Now a strange thing about it. No one has said much about it since then. No one has brought up about what had happened 50 years ago. It’s kind of like this got swept under the rug. Count time is here to share, to expose, to encourage the community about things about the present, the past, and our future, on where we should be going, how we should work together, how the community should come together. So we want to make sure that you understand these things that happen right in front of your eye, that you saw many saw many experience, but very few are talking about it. But we want to make sure that we bring this back.

chief of police

Like the 50 year, I’m going to say anniversary of Smith and Brown, brown and Denver Smith who was killed on Southern University campus later that year. So we want to make sure that we have the anniversary of these men who came to Baton Rouge to fight and to stand for the their community.