A Perspective of Yesteryear, Today, and Tomorrow
Happy Black History Month February 2017!
The goal of this writer is to perfect this article and post it in perpetuity, as the basis for organizations to pen their yearly “Black History Month ‘Scorecards.’”
Since the beginning of the nineteen century up to the twenty-first century, many have agitated in meetings, conferences, and debates for a better deal for Black African Slavery Reparation, and Colonialism Reparation. This year 2017 is 101 years since the call for “The Amenia Conference: An Historic Negro Gathering” in 1916, at the home of Joel Spingarn’s. The Conference brought together the most distinguished Negroes in the country to discuss problems of the Negro people” (Foner, Philip S. and Du Bois, Shirley Graham. W.E.B. Speaks Speeches and Addresses 1920–1963. New York, Pathfinder, 1970, p. 21-31).
Shall we call another conference to discuss the plight of Black people in our postmodern times? A multiplicity of Black organizations and movements exist in parallel with our highly competitive and technological postmodern age. What can Blacks do immediately to influence better our family, our cultural, and our social and economic survival in the future? I have provided a brief summary of 11 suggested actions that we could take immediately, to enlighten, empower, and liberate us on every continent (http://www.cbpm.org/files/BlackOrganizations.html). Let us get started!
ELEVEN SUGGESTED ACTIONS FOR BLACK EMPOWERMENT (2016―2066):
Black educators, academics, scientists, educators, ministers, intellectuals, and visionaries: Create a vision and mission with specific goals and objectives as a Millennium Goals Project Report (MGPR) 2066. Black Businesses, community organizations, and national organizations should have access to the report to formulate their community and national Score Cards, to report on their progress each Black History Month (2016-2066). The report should have measurable objectives in areas such as spirituality, family, education, employment, health, social justice, management, business, and finance.
- FAMILY LIFE:
Black Parents and Family Members: The home is the first society of “altruistic love.” Absentee parents sabotage the survival of Black children ― consciously, or subconsciously. Black social scientists should commission a study of the state of the Black family, with a particular focus on the capacity or incapacity of leaders of Black households, business, and industry, to determine Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Failures (SWOF). Use the data to integrate and inform public and private policymakers and the crafters of the Millennium Goals Project Report (MGPR) 2066.
Black educators, academics, scientists, educators, intellectuals, and visionaries: Seek funding from private, public, and philanthropic sources to create a permanent “think tank” to provide guidance on social, political, scientific, industrial and economic empowerment issues, fueled by Research and Development (R&D). Strive to expand the range of Black ownership to include major Patents®, Trademarks(TM), Copyrights(©), Industrial Circuit Designs, Computer Programs, Architectural Designs, etc. These global economic engines empower people and nations. Establish a national scholarship awards program in science, and engineering and technology to foster creativity and innovation among Black youths.
- SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION:
Black Ministers: Create a “New Mission Critical Direction” (NMCD). You have a significant opportunity to help develop the minds of tens of millions of Blacks ― globally. Enlighten your parishioners; create a forum in the church for religious, scientific, intellectual and philosophical discourse. Research, study, and report on community, national and global issues for a better understanding of how the church could influence the community, and the world, as opposed to being influenced by the world.
- PUBLIC SERVICE PERSONNEL:
Black public figures (Law officers, educators, academics, intellects, ministers, media persons, entertainers, and athletes): We have an excellent opportunity to influence our youth ―positively. Many Black teens set their agendas as they strive to imitate the actions of Blacks in the public arena, but mainly in sports and entertainment. Educate Black youths for a global marketplace, in fields of science and engineering as well. Use the Black media to create high visibility of achievers in fields of science and engineering, and an understanding of global market trends.
Black professionals (Economic Survivability): Black financiers and philanthropically minded individuals and organizations, assist Blacks in financing their businesses. Black financial advisors and entrepreneurs strive to achieve the highest level of competence, fairness, honesty, integrity, transparency and trustworthiness in business relations. These six powerful “moral attributes” can bring healing, and enriching Black communities, and inspiring business success. Collaborate to gain capacity and force within a conglomerate marketplace.
Some Blacks in the financial industry create poverty in the Black community by fleecing their Black brothers and sisters, especially vulnerable and trusting people of faith, and the elderly. Seek forgiveness from those you have fleeced. Strive to make amends, and make a solemn pledge, never to repeat the act. God will bless you, your business will prosper, and it will bring healing and prosperity to the community. Simultaneously, all of us can look deep into the labyrinth of our minds for our transgressions, seek forgiveness, and make amends where possible.
Black young people (Black Future): Guard your freedom. Resist the temptation for revenge, and commit to a life of non-violence. Belief in a higher moral power can change your life circumstances. Your violence fuels the growth of the “deficit-financed” Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). Governments have to shift scarce financial resources from “deficit-driven” PIC to more innovative and creative social and economic justice, and social services initiatives. The “pursuit of pleasure” and dominance in illicit affairs can only bring unhappiness, loss of freedom, and premature death. Care for your Black sisters, and all sisters for that matter; their womb is the “Cradle of Civilization.” Creating life is a high honour and the greatest responsibility and accountability under the Sun. Black youth! Care for the children that you brought into the world as if their lives depend on your care. Their lives do.
Blacks in general (Responsibility and Accountability): Pray for all leaders, in particular, Black leaders that they will develop a higher level of understanding of the needs, priorities, and emergencies within their communities. Elected Black political leaders take ownership for some of the calamities that occur in Black communities. You have access to state control and administrative mechanisms that can make a profound difference in the lives of people. Examine how governments make laws and administer them, and how the “unjust” nature of some laws, “unwittingly” suffocate the spiritual, moral, social, economic and educational growth of some sectors of society.
Blacks in general (Empowering Youths): Strive to develop positive self-esteem in children. (Reference: © 2011 Gibbs and Grey. Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD) – Foundation 3: Social Foundation – 3.4. Self–esteem, pp. 315 – 333). Arguably, the largest population of individuals with low self–image, low self–worth, and consequently low self–esteem, are incarcerated youths and adults. Their contact with the justice system may have resulted from attempts to overcome their “state of powerlessness.”
- CAPACITY BUILDING:
Black business and community organizations (Black Community Empowerment): Funding is necessary, but it does not equate to community empowerment. It is a mere facilitator for community empowerment. Build capacity to access the billions of dollars in government procurement contracts, which is the real economic empowerment vehicle for any community, in particular, underserved communities. The Black community must recognize that the social and economic landscapes have changed to a focus on the needs, wants and emergencies of other communities as well: indigenous peoples, refugees of war, and hungry and homeless youths and adults.
WHAT SHOULD BLACK PROGRESS LOOK LIKE (2016-2066)?
Finally, “collective progress” of a community is the real measure of empowerment. The Black community has placed the high nobility of local community activism at the “apex” of Black progress. It is for this reason that the Black community tends to focus almost exclusively on local individual awards in education, politics, art, and entertainment, etc. This writer suggests a multi-layered focus on “community,” “corporate,” and “national” awards for “Black” leadership excellence and “group achievement.” These awards should include such fields as Accounting, Banking, Business, Finance, Economics, Science and Engineering, Human Resource Management, Law, Medical Research, Robotics, Manufacturing, Construction Management, Project Management, and Robotics. We must answer a major question in our twenty-first century, “How do we measure Black progress in our postmodern age?” Here are 15 practical perspectives on Black progress:
FIFTEEN PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVES ON BLACK PROGRESS:
- Black progress means family stability. The ruin of a “people” begins within the family,” though some causes may come from outside the family.
- Black progress means unity among Blacks. It means winning national and international corporate awards for excellence in some of the fields mentioned above.
- Black progress means ownership of financial corporations to fuel Black entrepreneurship, research and development (R&D), and other financial needs such as financing student loans, mortgages and construction projects.
- Black progress must manifest in the offering of scholarships, and hiring of representative numbers of high school, college, and university graduates, and a lower prison population.
- Black progress means ensuring that every Black youth graduates from high school. The offering apprenticeships and internships within corporations, in particular, Black owned corporations.
- Black progress means a “Wholesome Education” of Black youths underpinned by a global perspective. More importantly, a curriculum that incorporates spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical development (© 2011 Gibbs and Grey. Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD).
- Black progress means an education that recognizes the need for Black graduates to function in a global economy, with no restrictions.
- Black progress means an empowered Black church that incorporates five foundations of human development such as spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physically development (© 2011 Gibbs and Grey. Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD).
- Black progress means Black Directorship of major corporations and an active collaboration between Black companies and majority firms, to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.
- Black progress means significant ownership of arts, entertainment, sports and automobile franchises, likewise, ownership of corporate and business facilities, and maintaining high standards of operation.
- Black progress means registration and ownership of Patents ®, Trademarks(TM), Copyrights (©), Industrial Circuit Designs, Computer Programs, and Architectural Designs.
- Black progress means that all Black leaders in every discipline recognize a higher moral authority to guide peoples and nations.
- Black progress means having access to a portion of the billions of dollars in government procurement activities, which is the greatest and most sustainable vehicle for Black empowerment on the planet.
- Black progress means having the capacity to “crowdfund” hundreds of thousands of dollars for Black and other minority, and majority causes.
- Black progress means that young Black women are empowered, and are not struggling to work multiple jobs to raise their children. Congratulations! You are doing a magnificent job ― notwithstanding.
“Jeremiah, one of Judah’s greatest prophets advises: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
― Jeremiah 10:23 (NKJV) (circa 627-580 BCE)
By: Errol Gibbs (REVISED, REPOSTED FOR 2017…)
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