Op Ed: What Does Black History Necessarily mean to Me?

Philip A. Brown | Urban Futurist Publication

When I consider of the celebration by Black persons for the duration of Black History Month, my spirit fills empty and a little unhappy. 

Our ancestors sacrificed so substantially for each and every proceeding generation, with the hope one day there would be a affluent nation of Black people today cost-free from the shackles of slavery, the bondage of sharecropping, and the unjust rules of Jim Crow…And sure, from that male built sickness, “racism”. 

How they will have to have imagined!

That Black folks one particular day would pool their intelligence, expertise, land, and dollars to develop communities that assistance our culture, youngsters, and family members.  I think our ancestors considered of a time in the long term when corporations and institutions owned by Black individuals would blanket the landscape of our communities building positions, information institutes, innovations, housing, motels, hospitals, financial institutions, dining places, outlets, and so forth. The evolution of “Black Wall Street” Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921 prosperity, spreading across America, just before the bombings and complete destruction by angry White mobs.

What then, would they see now that would be induce for Celebration?

After the “I Have a Dream” speech and the subsequent murder of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, what have Black people attained? No, not separately, but as a country of men and women that give rise to the upcoming era of Black youngsters.  We have much more freedom, education, dollars, and expertise than any preceding era.  Nonetheless Mother Nature, by Hurricane Katrina, unveiled the precarious living circumstances of urban Black The united states.

I as well have a desire for Black The us!

Visualize that Black Background Thirty day period (February) was a time for planting seeds (investing in corporations), and Juneteenth was a time to rejoice the new harvest of these organizations, positions and establishments cooperatively funded and collectively owned by the neighborhood . . . prosperity generation . . . a legacy for the future generation to build upon…

How, you may well question, could we do this? 

1st, we would re-teach the Black Church community to an being familiar with that the tithes and gifts offered on Sunday are on mortgage and are to be used in a method that is regular with the parable of the “five talents”.  That is, the choices raised would be leveraged and multiplied by investing back into the group in the sort of cooperative possession in land, institutions, and organizations owned and operated by the members to support the requires of the offering congregants, (The Church) and local community.

2nd, the congregants would assess their talents and ordeals and collaborate with them in guidance of these newly founded enterprises and establishments. . . Afterall, the congregants will very own them collectively with the entrepreneur and get dividends dependent on their patronage. This eyesight would give new this means to the celebration of Kwanzaa’s “cooperative economics”, as a result of a cooperative strategy of local community building by investing our shared resources by way of a new guidance assistance method.

As you can see, my dream has generational roots that convey forth rivers of fact , understanding, hope and religion from previous life planted in God’s frozen, yet fertile soil, waiting for foreseeable future generations to unlock their assure. If we pay attention carefully, we can listen to their heartbeat inside of us, guiding us by our patch in the road we get in touch with life’s journey. If only extra recipients of our ancestors’ sacrifices would stop and hear to the heartbeat, then act accordingly, our journey and the upcoming generations would be seen from a substantially larger position on the mountain termed prosperity . . . Heaven, below on earth . . .

So, what then shall we celebrate, their sacrifice, or our planting of seed in the journey? Chill out, it is only a aspiration. Or is it?

Philip A. Brown, Editor, Urban Futurist Times posted regular by Tonia & Paul McDonald, Strategic Organization Futurist, International Enterprise Incubation and the Lou Myers State of affairs Motion Image Institute/Theater. Get hold of information  [email protected], (310) 649-6623.