What if... Black people could choose their own teachers and their own heroes?
"What if Black people could choose their own teachers and their own heroes? What if Black people could focus on finance and institution-building rather than sports and entertainment? What if Black people taught their children about their history and culture rather than the distractions and diversions of our society?"
The Black Star Project
There was a time in our history when this is exactly what we did.
How did we forget? How did we lose our way?
The real question for those who are asking "What if?" is "What happened?" How did we let so much of the progress of our people slip away?
How did once proud HBCUs become a shell of themselves struggling for survival? How is it that Black children don't know who the heroes of our struggle are? Why are Black teachers marginalized and ineffective? Why are we distracted by bling, sports and entertainment? Where are the "young, gifted and Black" that Nina Simone sang about? Why are education, employment, and wealth gaps increasing?
What if, indeed.
We don't need to dream about something that is beyond our grasp. We need to remember the lessons our forefathers taught us during the dark days of slavery, and the Jim Crow era that spawned the Black Civil Rights movement. We need to restore what has been lost.
We have come to a state where our focus is #BlackLivesMatter. When I reflect on Black history, I want to restore the days of "I'm Black and I'm Proud."
Roger Madison, CEO