I've always had this sense of Black Pride, as a young kid going into my teenage years I've always had a fascination with history, more specifically Black history. Reading about not only the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Fredrick Douglas, Nat Turner, Abolitionists John Brown, Hariett Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jim Crow Era, lest us forget about watching Roots in class year after year. I was drawn to yexplore the more "radical history makers" such as Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Elaine Brown and the archietiects of Black Wall Street.
The was an undlerlying theme that was very present with these individuals, it was Black economics and providing for ourselves in the Black community with self-defense courses (hand to hand combat & firearms training), they had baisc law classes so that people knew their rights when dealing with law enforcement in the community, they had the food and shoe program, there were more black owned businesses and college graduates in the community not to mention more two parent homes.
This was done before intergration when we had no choice but to make it happen for ourselves, I've had this conversation with many people before asking the question is segration the answer to fixing the ills of the black community across the country? We have to get out own house in order first, well that's my opinion on the matter. We need our own schools, our own bank, our own hospital and our own grocery stores to have a self contained community that can grow and circulate wealth.
I am by no means an expert on the subjuect but I do know what makes sense and what doesn't, in the article African-Americans in the Progressive Era Fight for Recognition of African American Concerns in Era of Rapid Change written by Femi Lewis he wrote: "THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT A concern emerged from many Americans who believed that great change was needed in society to protect everyday people. As a result, the concept of reform took place in society. Reformers such as social workers, journalists, educators and even politicians emerged to change society. This was known as the Progressive Movement.One issue was consistently ignored: the plight of African-Americans in the United States. African-Americans were faced with consistent racism in the form of segregation in public spaces and disenfranchisement from the political process. Access to quality healthcare, education, and housing was scarce, and lynchings were rampant in the South. To counter these injustices, African-American reformists also emerged to expose and then fight for equal rights in the United States."
Which makes sense if we want something we have to make it for ourselves and make it work and substain the test of time for ourselves. To read more of Femi Lewis's article follow the link read and form your own opinion and begin to dialogue with likeminded individials to begin to mobilize and bring forth progress.