As the world knows today marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic and timeless speech “I Have a Dream”.
As we reflect on our position as African-Americans in the United States of America, we must remember that this speech is a reminder that we cannot sit still and wait. We must continue to march. We must move towards a stronger and more prosperous future as a culture. Times have changes but behaviors seem the same.
I am humbled every moment that I stop and think about the people who endured not being able to drink from the same fountain that I drink from today. Those who were dismissed from the same bathrooms that I walk into now. Those who were legally unable to vote, learn and work in the places that I sit in this second. It’s so easy to take these changes in human rights for granted and speak of what we “would have done” if we were living back then. The fact is that we have been blessed by all those who came before us who fought, supported and prayed for a better life for their children and their children’s children.
Take time out today and everyday going forward to assess your contribution to our community. I know I need to step my game up and represent…How about you?
In case you haven’t heard about this incident but yesterday a crisis was adverted at a nearby Dekalb County Elementary School, Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. A 20-year-old gunman entered the school with an AK-47 and proceeded to take hostages in the Administrative office. While barricaded in the office, he proceeded to shoot at the pursuing police officers.
It was school bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, who defused the situation by talking the gunman down. She watched him load his gun as he got ready to head out to the children. She prayed with him, prayed for him and was finally able to get him to put down his weapon.
Ms. Tuff and the entire administration kept a massacre from happening. This is news that needs to be shared around the black community. As much as we hear about killings from black student to black student, fights between black faculty members and a rise in predominately black school sclosing, we must not miss the chance to congratulate and support OUR education systems.
I’ve heard some in the black community state that “these” types of scenarios don’t happen in our communities…WRONG. It could happen anywhere so wake up and get involved. Support our kids and our teachers!
It’s me again, DNC, blogger of Mid-WYFE Crisis and other sister blogs (LYFE-STYLE Files and Mid-WYFE Chronicles). With this new blog I want to dive into conversations about African-American living: What does it mean, how do we think it is going and where should we be going.
As militant as I can be, this blog is not about “Black Power” but more so about “Black Empowering”. The difference is simple. “Black Power”, to me, is nothing more than a statement that brings pride to those who say it. Blacks do have power, but what are we doing with it. “Black Empowering” is passing responsibility, acknowledgements, concerns, solutions and many other actions to Blacks as individuals and as a community.
As a black woman, I have been struggling on how to address some of the issues I have gone through and even those that I’ve seen throughout the community. Even more so I’ve wonder what others, blacks and other races, think of those same situations.
Enter, Urban EthYcs. This blog will be use to pose questions and then let everyone, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Italian, French, African and more give their insight on the topics. I will speak my peace but I’m very open to hearing logical, evidence-based statements. If you feel the need to bash, disrespect, demean or slander someone else please find another platform somewhere else. This is about dealing with issues and gaining new perspective on how to take our community to new heights.