A Perspective of Yesteryear, Today, and Tomorrow First published by Errol Gibbs (24/02/2016)
The Introductory Map 9 serves to remind Blacks in the Diaspora of our shared heritage, though the “vestiges of dislocation” continue to circumvent our capacity for creating a shared vision. Nevertheless, this writer applauds the Black community for your exceptional “individual progress,” however, there is a greater need for “collective progress” (macro-level corporate ownership and governance). The year 2016 was the pivotal year that inspired the writing of a framework to create a Universal Millennium Goals Project Report (UMGPR) to table and report on Black progress over a period of the next 50 years (2016 – 2066). The goal is for individuals, families, groups, churches, and other institutions and organizations to use the framework to pen their Black History Month (BHM) strategies and scorecards to measure progress each BHM. BHM February 2018 is the third version of this paper; more importantly, it is another opportunity to create a path for future generations to follow, and measure the progress of Blacks on a continuum over the next 48 years (2018- 2066).
A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF THE ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH (BHM):
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. It marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
The leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University proposed the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government.
In 1987, the United Kingdom first celebrated Black History Month. The establishment of Black History Month was attributed to the work of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, as well as the Greater London Council 1,2,3 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month).
The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is the organization in Canada that successfully initiated the formal celebration of February as Black History Month with the City of Toronto (1979). The Province of Ontario and the entire country (in co-operation with Jean Augustine MP) passed the initiative in December 1995, effective February 1996. The Ontario Ministry of Culture and The Ontario Trillium Foundation supported the initiative (http://www.blackhistorysociety.ca/).
THE NEXT FORTY-EIGHT YEARS (2018 – 2066):
This year (2018), is approximately 100 years since the call for “The Amenia Conference: An Historical Negro Gathering” at the home of Joel Spingarn in Amenia, N.Y., in 1916. 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, pp. 21-31). What can Blacks do in the present year 2018, to better influence our political, social, and economic survival over the next 48 years? Here is a summary of 12 suggested actions that can inform, enlighten, liberate, and empower Blacks on every continent (spiritually, morally, socially, intellectually, physically, and financially).
TWELVE SUGGESTED ACTIONS TO INFORM, ENLIGHTEN, LIBERATE AND EMPOWER:
SUGGESTION NUMBER 1. SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS: Create a “New Mission-Critical Direction” (NMCD). “Theology” and “Technology” are mutually inclusive. Humans cannot manage God’s creation, His created being, or the physical environment that supports life, without the knowledge of both perspectives. You have a significant opportunity to help to develop the minds of tens of millions of adherents. Create a forum in the church for spiritual, scientific, intellectual, and philosophical discourses. Research, study, and report on community, national, and international affairs for a better understanding of how the church can be a more significant influence on the lives of the individual, family, community, nation, and the world —the power is within us to change the world.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 2. VISIONARIES, CREATORS, AND INNOVATORS: Educators, academics, scientists, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and ministers come together, and if necessary, crowdfund the cost to create a Universal Millennium Goals Project Report (UMGPR) (2018 – 2066). Make the document available, digitally, to individuals, communities, organizations, businesses, and academic institutions to study and formulate their respective UMGPR strategy and scorecards to report on each BHM. The report should have measurable outcomes in areas such as spirituality, marriage, family, education, graduation rates, employment, health, housing, social justice, criminal justice, incarceration, leadership, governance, business, and finance.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 3. FAMILY MEMBERS: The home is the first society of “altruistic love.” Absentee parents sabotage the survival of their children ― knowingly or unknowingly. Black social scientists could commission a study of the state of the Black family, with a particular focus on the capacity or incapacity of leaders of households, business, and industry, to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Use the data to inform policymakers in the private and public spheres, and the crafters of the UMGPR.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 4. MEDICAL DOCTORS: The health of the family is critical. Many signature diseases plague the Black family such as diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sickle cell anemia, and thalassemia minor. May we not forget the medical challenges of First Nations people as part of the medical inquiry? Collaborate with the Ministry of Health to create greater awareness of the gestation period of diseases. Community organizations are creating awareness of signature diseases as healthcare professionals engage the public. More importantly, schools, colleges, and universities with significant numbers of minority student bodies could also step up the awareness as well, and provide knowledge at an early stage, to inform better the millennials.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 5. ACADEMICS: Educators, scientists, 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. Conduct research and development (R&D), and strive to expand the range of Black ownership to include significant Patents®, Trademarks(TM), Copyrights (©), Industrial Circuit Designs, Computer Programs, and Architectural Designs. Establish a national scholarship awards program to foster a more significant interest in science and technology among Black youths to inspire creativity and innovation.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 6. PUBLIC SERVICES PERSONNEL: Law officers, educators, academics, intellects, ministers, media persons, entertainers, and athletes. You have an excellent opportunity to influence youths. Many Black teens set their agendas as they strive to imitate the actions of Blacks with influence in society, but mainly in sports and entertainment. Educate Black youths for a global marketplace, in fields of science and engineering. Use the media to create high visibility of achievers in fields of science and engineering, and promote a higher understanding of the needs of the global marketplace, and market trends to inform better the career choices that youths make.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 7. PROFESSIONALS: Financiers and philanthropically minded individuals and organizations, assist Blacks in financing their businesses. 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 to, and enrich all communities. Display social and cultural humility when you have “made it.” Collaborate with majority corporations to gain the capacity to influence their openness to apprenticeships, internships, and permanent hiring of Black youths. Set high expectations for mentees to follow.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 8. FINANCIERS: Some financiers are aware or unaware that they create poverty in the Black community by unfair dealings with their Black brothers and sisters, especially vulnerable and trusting people of faith, and the elderly. Strive to make amends, and make a solemn pledge, never to repeat the act. God will bless you, and your business will prosper. It will bring healing and prosperity to the community. The road to success may be long and winding for many, but stay focused, and strive to maintain business integrity. Do business with spirit, integrity, and authenticity.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 9. YOUTHS: You hold the key to the future of your “race.” Guard your freedom. Resist the temptation for revenge, and commit to a life of non-violence. Seek higher education, which is what so many of you are doing. It is commendable, especially the young girls. Belief in a higher moral power can change your life’s circumstances. Violence fuels the growth of the “deficit-financed” prison industrial complex (PIC). Governments have to shift scarce financial resources from more innovative and creative social justice, and economic justice initiatives at the expense of building better societies for your benefit. Remember that other youths face challenges as well, such as First Nation’s youths.
Some youths pursue pleasure and dominance over others in illicit affairs. These activities can only bring unhappiness, loss of freedom, and premature death. Do not relinquish the excellent opportunity to get a cutting-edge education. Care for your “Black” sisters, and all sisters for that matter; their womb is the “Cradle of Civilization.” Creating life is a high honor and the highest responsibility and accountability under the Sun. Black youth! Care for the children that you bring into the world as if their lives depend on your care. Their lives do. Do not be overcome by feelings of failure, anxiety, and depression. Seek help if you feel overwhelmed. Get engaged with your community. Volunteer your services. Live a life of purpose. Choose Happiness! (https://www.gibbshappinessindex.com).
SUGGESTION NUMBER 10. STAKEHOLDERS (all of humanity): Love your country and its people, of every race, colour, culture, and creed, even though some may walk crooked. 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 your community. 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 inadvertently suffocate the spiritual, moral, social, economic and educational growth of some sectors of society, and result in some level of generational impoverishment. The application of “just laws” result in a surplus, likewise, “unjust laws” result in a deficit.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 11. PARENTS: 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 most significant 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 feelings of powerlessness. Power comes from living with purpose, and from the labyrinth of a positive mind, with a clear vision. Let us all strive to make the most incredible sacrifice that we are capable of, for the benefit of our children, and those in our orbit, as it was yesteryear. Have talks and dialogues with parents that have raised successful children.
SUGGESTION NUMBER 12. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Government funding is necessary, but it does not equate to sustainable community empowerment and self-governance. It facilitates community empowerment. Build capacity to access the billions of dollars in government procurement contracts, which is a principal economic empowerment vehicle for any community, in particular, underserved communities. The church, community organizations, and businesses should seek a greater understanding of government procurement processes. Be informed about how governments address needs, priorities, and emergencies. The Black community should strive to understand better the complex priorities that confront all levels of governments in dealing with other groups such as indigenous peoples, refugees of war, and hungry and homeless youths and adults, as well.
The collective progress of a people is the real measure of their growth and place in postmodern societies. The Black community has placed the achievements by local community activists at the “apex” of Black progress. It is for this reason that the focus is on local “individual” awards such as education, politics, art, and entertainment, which have relevance to Black progress. This writer, however, further suggests a multi-layered focus on “community,” “corporate,” and “national” awards for Black leadership excellence, as well as the achievements of groups. These awards should include creativity and innovation in such fields as accounting, banking, business and finance, economics, science and engineering, computer engineering, human resources management, law, medical research, industrial design, robotics, supply chain management, manufacturing, construction, project management, and apprenticeship graduation.
WHAT DOES BLACK PROGRESS MEAN TO YOU? — HERE ARE FIFTEEN VIEWPOINTS:
- Black progress means the establishment of a clear and well-articulated vision for the individual, the family, the community, and the Diaspora.
- Black progress implies 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, business start-ups, and construction projects.
- Black progress must manifest in the offering of scholarships, internships, and the hiring of representative numbers of high school, college and university graduates, lower welfare dependency, and rates of prison incarceration.
- Black progress means ensuring that every Black youth graduates from high school, and a career path established for him or her, consistent with his or her highest potential and capacity to succeed.
- 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 be fully equipped to function in a global economy. Likewise, to consider some form of intellectual connection to his or her country of origin.
- Black progress means an empowered Black church that incorporates five foundations of human development such as spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical development (© 2011 Gibbs and Grey. Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD).
- Black progress means directorship of major corporations, and collaborations between Black corporations and mainstream entities in joint ventures, 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 is visionary leadership. It means registration and ownership of Patents ®, Trademarks(TM), Copyrights (©), Industrial Circuit Designs, Computer Programs, and Architectural Designs.
- Black progress means that Black leaders in every discipline recognize a higher moral authority to guide their decision-making and the governance of their businesses.
- 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, and empowerment of minority communities.
- Black progress means having the capacity to “crowdfund” hundreds of thousands of dollars for Black and other minority, and majority causes, especially creativity and innovations.
- 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.
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