Out of 1,000+ potential panelists, I’ve been chosen as one of 33 black leaders to meet and create a blockade of power. I was chosen based on my ability to articulate a community empowerment message in a public forum. Our first meeting is today, May 20th, and I’m really excited to be a part of an extremely talented group of people dedicated to a common cause – uplifting the black community. I really believe in the mission of what we’re doing as well; many times people are in it for the fame, wealth, and power, but I really believe the leaders behind this movement are down for the cause.
We’ve all been given specific agendas, and we’re gearing up towards a February 2011 event, which will be powerful beyond measure. Much of it will be virtual as well, so no one will be shut out from participating. My mission? I’ve pledged to help Black college students transform their conversations into action. We’ve even set up a blog to help facilitate conversation leading up to the event. Everyone has made individual pledges, so I’ll be keeping you posted on their messages as well.
Quick quote from Leslie P.:
“The most powerful event that you could ever attend as a Black person… has arrived. There will be so many solutions, answers, tips and resources at these events that each and every single attendee will thoroughly and unequivocally know what power is and how to regain it. ”
I’m really pumped to make some things happen. If the Tea Party and other self-interest community groups can form, why can’t we organize? I’m not about division, but I am about self-empowerment. And if we as gifted and talented black folk aren’t educating, leading, and paying it forward, then we’re doing ourselves and our people a disservice.
Shout out to Bro. Jesse Muhammad for making all of this happen.