Preliminary Drawings and Notes for Runaway Slave Screening and Art Reception



Runaway Slave

The film’s logo comes from the hidden language of the quilts created by slaves along the Underground Railroad. The filmmakers chose the shoofly, a symbol that possibly identified a person who could guide and help; a person who helped slaves escape along the Underground Railroad and who knew the codes. The star represents the destination of freedom and the center of the journey.

Runaway Slave

Movie Notes

MachinePolitick Review of Runaway Slave

M. L. King: ‘… and when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!’

Rev. CL Bryant, former NAACP local chapter president has come to the conclusion that the progressive, entitlement mindset has become the modern form of tyranny against the black community. “We are relying on someone else for our well-being. That in itself is a form of slavery.”

“Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of Liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And, if you get tired, America…. run harder!”

Restoring Hope

Positive message

Alveda King:  “Judge not by the color of their skin”

Concentrate on the good things and work to make America better


National Action Network

Anger, resentment, bigotry, mocking

Al Sharpton: “We took entitlements and learned how to make them our economy”


CL Bryant: “Why are we still divided along racial lines?”

Joe Madison, radio host, The Black Eagle: “They(whites) are the enemy. They have no credibility”

Black Panther Party Member:  “The US is built on white supremacy and racism”.

Stephen E. Broden, Senior Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship:  “The major people of influence in our community are the ones keeping us down”.

Erik Rush, Author:  “Bureaucrats and social programs single-handedly destroyed the black family. (LBJ and the Great Society Programs)

Keeping racial oppression alive indefinitely is the progressive tool to manipulate blacks and keep them Democrats. Keeping injustice at the forefront is of greatest importance.

Vanessa Louis, Urban Conservative:  “90% of black kids in inner cities, 70% nationwide, are born to unwed mothers. This change occurred in the 60s”.

CL Bryant:  “If freedom sometimes comes at a great price… we will live free, or die trying.

March 7, 1965: Selma, Alabama; Bloody Sunday… indeed, we have paid a high price. That light marks the place where people were turned back on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

DC Civil Rights Memorial: “The tyranny of planting seeds in young minds and convincing them that they have returned to a time past and that America is not the best place to be is a poison”.

Anger has set in and people have lost hope.

From the Runaway Slave Web Page

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!'”

Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?

In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of “progressives,” the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

Using leading black conservatives as “conductors,” Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

“Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?” Rev. Bryant asks. “For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”

From our nation’s capital and freedom’s birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!

Rev. Bryant’s conclusion? It’s time to run. “Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!”

This summer, celebrate your freedom by running as fast and as hard as you can to see RUNAWAY SLAVE in theaters.

Our film’s logo comes from the hidden language of the quilts created by slaves along the underground railroad. We chose the Shoofly, a symbol that possibly identifies a person who can guide and help; a person who helped slaves escape along the Underground Railroad and who knew the codes. The star represents the destination of freedom at the center of the journey. Learn more about the language of the quilts here…

Rev. C.L. Bryant, a self-described “runaway slave” and former NAACP chapter president, abandoned an organization he felt was more about political posturing, and less about civil rights. As a former Democratic Radical who escaped the bondage of Progressivism and denounced the shackles of entitlements, he has committed himself to helping others secure the blessings of liberty that are guaranteed by the Constitution with his new found conservative values.
C.L. Bryant is featured in a new documentary about freedom, Runaway Slave, which exposes the economic slavery of the black community to the Progressive, big government policies of the U.S. government. The film’s heroes are black conservatives who are speaking out so that all Americans can truly be “free at last.”

Notes on One Nation Back to God

One Nation Back To God

Founded in 2009, One Nation Back To God is a non-profit and non-denominational national Christian movement. We are on a mission to help Pastors and Churches restore the idea of American Exceptionalism and the strength of Christianity to all Americans, especially Christians. The organization was founded by nationally known Reverend C.L. Bryant and a handful of other Christian Patriots. Reverend C.L. Bryant spreads the Word of God and blessings of liberty derived from the Constitution across the nation while urging Pastors to stand up against government policies such as abortion.

What We Do
One Nation Back To God inspires, rallies, recruits, and educates thousands of people across the country to move as a nation back towards God.

Why We Do It
In America today, over half of all children between the ages of 7-17 have never set foot inside a church or synagogue. We see the dire need to get young people involved with churches and Christian events. Today around 77% of Americans identify as Christians or Jewish. This figure is down from over 90% at the end of World War II.  Less than 40% are actually practicing their self-identified faith. Our mission is to reverse this startling trend of decline. Our organization believes America is a gift from God, the spirit of the American Constitution and supports those who defend the Republic and the inalienable rights given by our Creator. We believe the foundation of our nation is secured in Judeo-Christian Principles; our belief causes us to stand against legislation supporting Same-sex unions, Abortion on demand, and the Progressive liberal agenda seeking to supplant Christianity.

How We Do It
The organization under Reverend CL Bryant believes in taking the message across America through unique events drawing people of all generations and backgrounds. We host Christian concerts, rallies, evangelical forums, and Reverend Bryant guest speaks at Churches across our exceptional nation, especially in battleground states. Our 2013 Outreach Campaign will cover several states and we are even planning a leadership trip to Israel.

Financial Statement
One Nation Back to God is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to financial accountability and to being good stewards of our donor’s funds. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. One Nation Back To God pledges to maintain an effective outreach as expressed in its mission statement by responsibly utilizing the funds entrusted to us.

Preliminary drawings…

for a mural project I proposed to CL. I will be basing my painting for the show in Nashville on these sketches.

LightUpDarkness Layer1

This is the base layer of the mural concept. It would show through the subsequent layers – more strongly on the right of the composition and fading into the left. The Shoofly pattern would be composed of red, white, and blue shapes to incorporate the colors of our flag into the composition while referencing the historic significance of the Underground Railroad and personal Liberty.

LightUpDarkness Layer2

In the second layer, I want to create mood and pull in the Bob Marley quote: “The people who are trying to make the world worse… are not taking a day off. How can I? …Light up the Darkness!”

The Shoofly pattern is still prominent on the right side of the composition, but becomes indistinct behind the Capital building. The lettering of the quote would be in metallic gold.

LightUpDarkness Layer3

In the final layer, the darkness creeps in from the left, obscuring the Capital building. On the right, Liberty and her torch are ‘lighting up the darkness’. In this layer, the text would be readable and the Shoofly pattern would be distinct enough to draw the viewer in to examine its pattern. The ominous mood around the Capital building would be enhanced, but minimized by the high-saturation and distinct colors of Liberty and her torch. The Liberty symbol would appear as a faint outline on her arm, just below the torch.


Liberty layer by itself, for clarity of composition.

C.L. Bryant MuralProposal


How do you envision this mural expressing the direction you are taking with your work?

heroic/monumental portrait

Who is your target audience?

black/urban community, disenfranchised youth

Style – dependent upon demographic and location.

ghostly/ephemeral atmosphere obscuring capital, torch lighting path to Liberty

Which elements from my work appeal most to you visually? Which are most relevant to your vision for the mural?

Freedom message, edgy style, mood and philosophical approach.

In addition, the shoofly pattern will be prominent and we will be developing an icon/symbolism for C.L. Bryant’s marketing/speaking engagements

What is your theme?

Freedom, liberating the black community from government and celebrity managed oppression, raising the proletariat rather than using them for self-advantage

Are there elements you want to include in the design? Graphics/Iconography/Symbolism

C.L. Bryant portrait, capital building, torch, shoofly pattern

Do you have a mood in mind – Positive/Uplifting or Dark/Warning

shedding a light on the darkness, lighting a path to liberty, leading people out of slavery

Let Them Eat Cake! Part One

This is one of the most recent paintings I have completed in the OWS series I am working on. I will write a full article as soon as I complete my research on the historic background of the phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!”

November 12, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!
Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake: Part One

This painting was created in order to explore the hypocrisy and double standard in the Liberal community when dealing with the subjects of wealth and status in American society. Liberals would have you believe several false precepts in order to turn you against conservatives and wealthy individuals – things that are not mutually exclusive, as they would also have you believe.

1. Those who are wealthy, got that way by stealing from or taking advantage of someone else.

2. There is a finite quantity of resources, a pie if you will, and the rich are keeping most of it from you. The conservatives help them do this through favor.

3. America is an empire with a caste system, much like an aristocracy, with very little upward mobility. That which is available is granted to friends and family.

4. Wealth is not earned, but rather taken from one group and given to another.

Anyone with a basic understanding of economics can see these falsehoods for what they are; but what about the uninformed voter. As we learned in the recent election, the entitlement mentality, wealth envy and general ignorance of the American people outweighs rational thought.

While I was working on this painting, I came across a CNN iReport called,

A Tale of Two Cities- GOP says, “Let Them Eat Cake” written in December 2010. Aside from the fact that it was poorly written, it gives some insight into the perspective of the people we are dealing with. You have to understand the way propaganda works and the amount of time that it takes to do so to fully grasp how someone could assert the following idea: “While he did reduce government expenditures, opponents in the parliaments successfully thwarted his attempts at enacting much needed reforms. (Obama and the GOP)”.

In the context of the article, this is a clumsy comparison of Obama to Louis XVI, while also asserting that he has cut spending and struggled with unreasonable opposition and defeat of the programs he has tried to institute on behalf of the downtrodden. It is a perfect illustration of the way the Liberal elite twist history and facts to suit their agenda and influence the American public. You can learn more about this issue and some ideas I have for conservatives in The Creative Conservative Action Tools, written by myself and Christopher Cook of Western Free Press.

Because Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities was sited in the article, I decided to grab a copy and read it. Much like the phrase “Let Them Eat Cake”, which has been falsely attributed to Marie Antoinette, I was surprised to find that the book was not a story of the rampant evils of the aristocracy, although they certainly did exist and were represented fairly in the story. It also painted a picture of the ‘revolution’, it’s any-means-necessary and the ends-justify-the-means mindset. One could almost pretend it were a B-rated snuff film with limbs and blood flying indiscriminately if it were not for the historic accounts to back it up as having been horrifically real. The Reign of Terror falls short as a description for the atrocities committed under the pretense of “Liberte`, Egalite`, Fraternite`!” It is quite telling of the CNN author’s mindset that he would assert in his article the idea: “The French Revolution was a dark time in France’s History. That time gave way to increased freedom and more equitable distribution of the country’s prosperity.” I encourage you to read up on the history of the French Revolution if it is unfamiliar to you – we are on much the same path.

Frances Byrd is the National Director of She is also a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at