It is now into the 21st Century, and we as Afrikan/Black people find ourselves in a virtual “state of war” for our very survival due to the negative aggressiveness of the forces of white supremacy and racism. White folks are becoming more violent due to their paranoia regarding their declining power base and lack of a true and humane agenda.
So in the era of President Donald Trump and his racist declarations, the question is what are we as Afrikan/Black people prepared to do for ourselves? We cannot continue to sit back, complain and hope for the next forthcoming traditional handout that has not and will never happen. That in my estimation is a good thing as we have the resources (1.7 trillion dollars spending power and growing) and the brilliant minds among us to make it happen for ourselves.
The most difficult problem is our lack of Umoja (Unity). We have a significant number of organizations in our community, including churches, who if unified could make a significant difference. However, that has proven to be a difficult task to achieve. In my opinion, a true model was the historic “Million Man March” convened by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in October 1995 in Washington, DC. It had a tremendous and positive impact all across the country, but unfortunately, the continuous energy required did not happen. It was a case of Minister Farrakhan doing all he could by providing the model, but we did not follow through as a community as we should have!!! That is on us!!
The “Million Man March” gave me the opportunity to connect with Afrikan/Black leadership in our community from across the nation. That inspired me to create and write my blog entitled the Nubian Leadership Circle for the last several years to encourage “collective national thought and leadership” on the very issues that affect our everyday lives. Conditions under we now exist caused me to do a great deal of reflection.
Therefore, I have decided to take the Nubian Leadership Circle to the next level by calling for organizational “coalition building” on an active level. This would be an effort once again to bring our national leadership together in the spirit of Umoja (unity) to agree on a common agenda addressing many relevant issues in our community. Examples would be education, health, business, land, etc.
The official “launch” will happen on the weekend of June 23-24, 2017, which is also when Carl Nelson of WOL radio in Washington, DC is convening the “Power Talk 4 Series.” Brother Carl has arranged for the conference attendees to stay at the Afrikan/Black owned Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel at which I will be staying.
The plan is for the Nubian Leadership Circle to sponsor a Circle Of Black Unity (COBU) brunch on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon in the restaurant of the hotel which is located at 8777 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. At that time an agenda will be introduced for discussion and developing an action plan. Attendance is open to all in our community along with conference attendees. The “brunch” will be concluded no later then 12:00 noon out of respect for those who will need to proceed to day two of the “powertalk series” in Washington, D.C.
We request those who intend to attend the “brunch” to RSVP in advance as we are in need of the final attendance number to complete preparation details. You can call 202-540-0267 or e-mail email@example.com by no later then Friday, June 23rd, 12:00 to make a “brunch” reservation. We look forward to this important occasion.
In conclusion, I have reached out to Minister Farrakhan and others in seeking broad support for this effort which is hopefully forthcoming in the near future. The time is now for us to in fact “handle our own business.” Let this important work begin!!!
Sadiki Kambon, Convener
Nubian Leadership Circle