Searching for the Promised Land with the Wilmington 10

And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: 25th of January 2021
Location: The Mamba Pit
Conditions: Drizzle and Rizzle in my Fizzle, Temp:46 and feels like 41, Humidity 79%

Pax: 19; Song Bird, McNally, Napa, Kramer, Mr. Kotter, Scar Tissue, Gravity, Buckeye, Dirt Chef, Caliseaum, Dumbledore, Special K, Spicoli, Steak Knives, Smuckers, Knee High, Jericho, Flock o’ Seagulls

QIC: Gump

The impetus for this Q was a confluence of events. After dropping off my kids at Gregory a couple of months prior, I decided to stop at Luna Caffe and walk the neighborhood with my dog, Magpie. As I strolled 6th and 7th, amazed at the high-density of churches, I stumbled across a memorial for the Wilmington Ten in front of Gregory Congregational. With a bit of research, I was surprised at the connection to Dr. King (whose day we had just celebrated) and the international impacts it had. The following workout ensued as a tribute…

…but first, the intro.

It was just about 0530 and the locals were getting restless. Yhc was nowhere to be found, but some astute PAX noticed that the Mamba Shovel had been planted (more on the Shovel later). I heard someone say, “Gump must be asleep in his car. I see it over there.” Then someone desperately, likely Kramer, called out “GUMP!!!” before assuming that he was going to lead an imprompt-Q. After no response, the PAX began to assemble around the tree in Mamba Circle.

(At some point in the planning for the Q, I remembered the gorgeous live oak in the middle of the Mamba circle. I had always thought how fun it looked to climb and decided that today was that day. To add a fun dynamic, I decided to hide in the dark of the branches until the PAX were in place).

Just as Kramer was about to welcome and start the Warmorama, I pounced down from the tree and announced, “My name is Gump! I will be your Q today.” The PAX were pleasantly surprised and I was amused. Proceed with the mission, principles, and Warmorama.

Warmorama: Toy Soldiers, Windmill, Ring around the Tree High Knee, Reverse Ring around the Tree Butt Kickers. Ten of each before a challenge from Dr. King:

Let us rise up “today” with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.

Mosey over to Williston for some Triple P’s and some history.

1. Pushups (Merkins) x10 in cadence and hold…
2. Plank for 1 minute, alternate to low plank
3. Prone Pullups on the railing x10 in cadence
Repeat for 3 sets, 10 seconds rest between sets

Why did we visit Williston and rep to 10? To create some context for the Wilmington Ten which we would learn more about shortly. For some background, in 1967 there were three high schools: Hoggard, New Hanover, and Williston, which was an all-black school that was thriving in the community. A City ruling closed down Williston and caused the black students to become disenfranchised and led to protests. Some months later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had planned a visit to Wilmington so that he could speak at Williston High School on April 4, 1968. He delayed that visit so that he could stay in Memphis and speak to the Unions. As history has taught us, that decision to stay in Memphis led to his unfortunate assassination that very same day. That speech was excerpted for the Warmorama and would appear later for the coming Ring of Fire.

Mosey from Williston over to Ann St. The PAX were instructed to form two lines behind Napa and Steak Knives for at sprint battle west on Ann towards the playground. Let the record state that y(ns)hc bested the first duo of Napa and Steak Knives to the playground. Circle back to the Six while everyone wrapped up their sprints. Everyone’s heart rate should have pushed to the Temp or Threshold range.

Continue the mosey westward on Ann and then turn south on 7th towards Gregory Congregational Church for some Triple B’s. While we wait for the Six, hold Al Gore in front of the memorial plaque for the Wilmington Ten. This incident became an internationally recognized scar on our local history. Following the civil unrest of Dr. King’s passing, protests and tension continued until an early morning fire on the 6th of February 1971 at Mike’s Grocery, which was a white owned establishment. Wrongful accusations and the eventual imprisonment of 9 black young adults and 1 white young adult continued to erode the unity and add to the racial division that Wilmington would endure.

Recover from Al Gore and hustle up to the empty lot next to Gregory Congregational to commence the Triple B’s.

1. Bodyweight Squat x10 in cadence
2. Bridge Raises x10 in cadence
3. Backward Lunges x10 in cadence, double count
Repeat for 3 sets, 10 seconds rest between sets.

During our second set of Bridge Raises, the rain began steadily on our faces and we lay prone in the gravel. I reminded the PAX to embrace the rain. Let it wash over us physically and emotionally. Let it wash away Expectation. Let it wash away Doubt. Let it wash away Regret. Let it allow Hope.

Once we completed the Triple B’s, every PAX picked a spot on the wall for a one minute wall sit. I asked the PAX for some of their favorite jokes and got some offerings from Special K and Dirt Chef before I had to truncate the “Still No-Eyed Deer” routine from Spicoli.

Mosey back down Nun St towards The Mamba Pit with a stop at King’s Landing for some Ring of Fire.

PAX circle the edge of King’s Landing and hold a squat while we shuffle clockwise until yhc calls out the name of a PAX to lead in a ten count of MARY. Return to a squat and rotate counter-clockwise until the next PAX is called. Repeat for three rotations. Napa, Dirt Chef, Dumbledore, Kramer, Smuckers, and Jericho all were volun-told to lead.

Final MARY was a prone heel raise for six inches while we reflected on the words of Dr. King as he yearned for the Promised Land.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.


Mosey back to the Mamba Pit for COT. First order of business is to present the Mamba Shovel to Jericho as the honor is passed to him as the next Mamba Q. He was also bestowed the honor of closing us in prayer.

Yhc reminded the PAX that we are stronger together. In light of the challenges and disconnections that we have seen as a community and a nation, we come to F3 as lowly men to perform a task. Yet our bond through the beatdown is More Than a Workout. We come together to build Male Community. To teach and train Leadership. To Invigorate our Communities. This is not something we do alone. We could try, but we are designed for fellowship and ultimate fellowship with Sky Q. Aye?!

-Mission Slim-possible: weigh-in directly following with Buckeye
-DES 2021: Get your BHAG in and drop a monthly summary
-F2 Coffeterias and Events: available post-beatdowns most mornings
-The Spartan: Rolling and ready for new posters and FNGs

-For PAX and their friends and families struggling with cancer, viruses, and illness. Special K’s mom, Seahorse’s daughter (Blueberry), Kramer’s friend
-The safety and growth of Cape Fear.
-School to resume for NHC and the stresses it can bring to families and teachers.


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