Since we discuss and read so many issues involving African America on this board that are serious, I was wondering if everyone would be interested in having a "Good News" section where positive achievements, and accomplishments and strides happening in African America and to and through the global African diaspora could be posted.
This could be used as our psychological check and balance to constantly remind us and any who read information on this site of the positive things that are happening for African America, African Americans and throughout the diaspora.
I found this while cruising another site:
BLACK AND PROUD
by Thaahirah Stephens
Our communities have a great deal of positive elements that are rarely discussed and seldom mentioned in the media. Our race is alive with optimism, resilience, confidence and courage. In the face of so much negativity reported about Blacks in America, we continue to produce intelligent and productive men and women who contribute greatly to American society and the world. For example, on February 28, 2004, C-SPAN aired the 5th annual "The State of the Black Family Union" hosted by Tavis Smiley. There were two sessions of this program featuring a different panel of Black intellectuals for each session. Each session was approximately 2 ½ hours long -- and I hope every Black American that could was watching. The panelists were Black Americans such as Marva Collins, Cornel West, Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Ben Carson, and the list goes on and on. These Brothers and Sisters provided intelligent, thought provoking and practical solutions to many of the questions that have long been asked, debated and discussed concerning our community. Forty years ago, we did not have such diverse intellects who could come together to discuss, analyze and offer solutions to our challenges, nor did we have a medium to air any such discussions nationwide as C-SPAN has.
Today there are more Black Americans enrolled in institutions of higher education than ever before in the history of this country. We now have choices of where We can obtain our education; Historically Black Colleges/Universities, Ivey League Universities, State-run institutions of higher education or privately run institutions. Even on the elementary, middle school and high school levels-Black parents are, for the first time, able to choose alternative education for their children to ensure they are getting the best education possible. Black parents are looking at Magnet Programs (also called Charter Schools, Theme Schools, etc. depending on where you live) and placing there children in the gifted programs offered in public schools. Private schools are now a choice for more Black parents because their income is able to support this choice. In addition, home schooling has become very popular and is receiving a lot of support, respect and recognition from governments and school boards, and becuase of this, many Black parents have decided that home schooling is the best choice for their child/children. When Black parents have viable choices and give their attention and thoughtfulness to their children's education, it has the potential to enforce the value of education and will possibly give children a stronger desire to pursue higher learning.
The fact that many of us value education and all the possibilities and opportunities that come with it, lends itself to the idea that recent generations of Black Americans see the value in what those who led and marched in the Civil Rights demonstrations were fighting for and accomplished. Our struggle, of course is not over. It is now our job to protect the accomplishments we've made and forge ahead to fight for more. Many Black Americans have positioned themselves to carry on the task. We've gotten a good education, either from an institution of higher learning or life itself, we are politically astute, we identify with the courage we've been blessed with and we see where we need to take the struggle in order to guarantee our future in this society and the world.
Today there are many more Black-owned businesses that have gone far beyond the Ma and Pa stores which were our launching pads in the past. There are Black owned consulting firms, advertising agencies, radio stations, newspapers, many doctors in every field with their own practices, politicians/representatives at all levels of government, attorneys with their own practices, talk show hosts, film and movie writers and producers, authors of books, editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines, etc., etc., etc. Many of us have taken what our Grandparents and/or Great Grandparents have fought for and used it to advance ourselves and our communities beyond their wildest dreams. However, as previously mentioned, our work is far from being done.
Let us not forget the "Soul" that is inherent in our culture which is at the core of our existence. This "Soul" depicts the love, compassion, creativity and rhythm we have for life, with life and with the Creator of life. This "Soul" is the essence of our strength, our resilience, it allows us to survive when the odds are stacked against us. It connects us with God in a way that provides us with the ability to forgive and embrace all of His creations. We have always found creative, loving, respectful ways to express our "Soul", today we've discovered many more. Our young people have definitely taken it to the next level and with our guidance and support, they too will be positioned to carry the torch into the future.
We have plenty to be "Black and Proud" about!! Let's continue to honor and protect all of our achievements and continue to build upon them with love, respect and a sense of urgency.