Each year The National Urban League (NUL) releases its State of Black America Report. And this year it's vitally important that we pay the utmost attention to the information that has been garnered for us - because, as we all well know we are in a state of emergency! We should/must be in a mode of not only Protecting our Progress (which is the theme for this year's report), but we have to also be in a mode of building our communities.
It is just as essential that we learn to do both effectively - using our own power, strength, intelligence, ingenuity, creativity, unity and tenacity. We have to be working on all fronts. We also have to realize that we are long overdue in terms of having made that quantum leap into autonomy and self empowerment. Other groups have been using all that we have pioneered, and applied it to their own circumstances, while we continue to flounder around trying to figure out what's the next step, and "reposition" ourselves so that we are in the right place at the right time as individuals, not realizing that that is exactly how we get picked off and undermined. We've spoken of unity in the community for quite some time, but what we've not done is make it a reality. And now, if we don't get serious about this - quick, fast and in a hurry - we will have no community to unite at all.
Having just returned from Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, I am encouraged that this will not be the case - at least for those of us who are enlightened and have come together from our disparate backgrounds, to take the challenges on united, informed and resolved.
So, don't just read this as a report, shake your head and throw your hands up in despair. There are action items of which you should not only be aware, but should make sure you do your part. And, of course, if you have other solutions to offer, speak up! No one has all the answers. We have to build this together. Because that's how we have to move - TOGETHER.
Stay Blessed &
NOW THAT YOU KNOW
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
STAY BLESSED &