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Fellowshipping With Positive Black People

November 7, 2013 | Filed under: Headlines | Posted by: 
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A. Peter Bailey

 

AFRICANGLOBE – It is always an immense pleasure to fellowship with positive Black people, a time when the “I just happen to be Black” types are totally absent. I recently had that experience at two events — attending the Ron Walters Legacy Conference at Howard University and lecturing on Harlem at the John Henrik Clarke House in the country’s most famous neighborhood.

 

The conference honoring brilliant political scientists, Ron Walters, featured friends, colleagues, former students and readers of his information-filled column such as myself who provided personal insights on the truly remarkable contributions Ron made to the advancement of our cultural, political and economic interests in this country.

 

As a self-described scholar-activist, he didn’t just write about major events that occurred during his life, he actively participated in them on every level. The Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Centerat Howard University was established to both honor Ron and “to serve as a focal point for research publications and leadership development activities”.

 

The second source of much intellectual and spiritual uplift was having an opportunity to speak to friends, colleagues and supporters of the great historian, Dr. John Henrik Clarke at the Clarke House in Harlem. One could actually feel Dr. Clarke’s presence in the brownstone. The event was sponsored by the Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry whose chair is James McIntosh MD. Its co-chair is Betty Dopson.

 

My remarks focused on what we as Blacks are losing as the racial composition of Harlem rapidly changes. A neighborhood that has been a major creative center for Black culture is just a few years away from being something very different.

 

Money Driven Developers

The community was originally developed to be New York City’s first suburb at a time when Times Square was considered uptown Manhattan. That’s why it has those wide streets and sidewalks, why it has more brownstones than any other section of Manhattan, and why 125th Street has always been a major transportation hub for the City.

 

This makes it an inviting target for money-driven developers, including Columbia University which used to say it was in Morningside Heights to avoid any connection with the name Harlem. Now it boasts of being in West Harlem.

 

Preserving Legacies

 

The positive Black people in the Clarke House that afternoon, though somewhat pessimistic about Harlem’s future, are determined that its role in Black history will not be totally whitewashed.

 

I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to, talk to and learn from Drs. Walters and Clarke. I thank those positive Black folks who are preserving their enormous and valuable legacies.

 

By: Peter Bailey

Mr. Bailey is the author of “Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher” can be obtained by calling 202-716-4560.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

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  Wow!  I was compelled a few months ago...maybe closer to 11 months to implement a "positive black people" task force in my community as a way to move forward into another venue to help our children acquire self-sufficiency without wearing myself out and by utilizing a "dream team approach." Its easier said than done.  However, I am impressed by those positive black folks coming out of the wood works to participate in shifting the fate of our youth.  This is not an instant do it right now mission.  It will take a lot of time and brain power to allow others to catch on.  It is heartbreaking that you have to CONVINCE your own people to do the RIGHT thing in helping their own children.  But!  I won't let that deter me.  I've seen worse.  

 

However, I am putting this out in the universe to encourage others to do the same in their neighborhoods.  Since we all want to help our children....right?  Plus we are full aware of others coming to this country and reaping the benefits from our ancestors blood, sweat and death.  And talking is good in terms of letting it out and processing the pain of this continued racism....but!  It comes to the point where you just GOTTA PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS.  And sometimes that "money" is just plain old volunteer time to get the "damn thang done."

 

I know that it is not like the old days where the whole community watches over kids in the neighborhood-I know that now we have MONSTERS who come out in the daytime and recruit our children to be part of a gang, drug dealing or those who just prey on the vulnerability of children....I know this is a new day.  But it is an OLD concern.  Our communities throughout this country is DYING. It appears black people don't like each other anymore[well when I was kid they did]...from Africa to America....and African Americans in America.  There's a distrust with us.   It's so silently LOUD...it's creepy.  And this is  why we need MORE positive black people to encourage black PRIDE.....and to educate black people on their ancestors accomplishments.  Cuz to me?  Many black people in this generation seem to forget the people who made it possible for all of us to walk this land FREE with human rights-it's not perfect by no sketch of the imagination but we have it better than a lot in other countries nonetheless.

 

It is TIME for all positive black people to come forward and form a coalition.  We have ENOUGH negative black folks in this country dismantling the hundreds of years of good work that got us here as citizens.  And unfortunately we are losing ground every day!.  One day, a five year old black child won't even know who Martin Luther Kings is or Harriet Tubman or Sojourner Truth. Unfortunately that one day....is probably already here.  But!  .  .  
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