In Memory of Travon Martin, Jordan Davis and All Youth

African-American youth comprise the largest numbers in youth-related stop-and-frisks, arrests, suspension from public schools and victims of gun violence.    Since the future of African-Americans depends on today’s youth, it led me to create the phrase “The transformation of a Nation begins in the homes of its people.”  Today – Black History Month 2014 – acknowledging […]Read More

Attack the Act but Not the Child

While insults affect adults, somehow from the home to the classroom there seems to be some unspoken agreement that it’s OK to insult children.  Granted, it may have become so much of habit that we don’t recognize the remarks as insults, after all, they’re just kids and we (adults) don’t really mean any harm.  But […]Read More

For Our Children’s (and God’s) Sake….Can We Make Children our

“If we are ever to have real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.” Mohandas K. Gandhi This week’s news has been flooded with bringing to surface the incredibly negative conditions facing parents and caretakers of our children. While mainstream media keeps the “Drama in DC” on their wires along with natural […]Read More

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

During the past week, Nelson Mandela’s death created the context for citizens of the world to appraise the life and contribution Mandela made to his homeland and mankind in spite of having spent 27 years imprisoned before being released in 1990.   A quote by Mandela, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that […]Read More

A Kwanzaa Project

If we accept as valid the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, and if we cannot identify the village, do we resign ourselves to being unable to raise our children or do we re-create the village? The saying was quite popular a few years back but is not heard as much, if […]Read More

Making Umoja A Year-Round Goal

“There was this old Mohawk elder talking to his grandson.  He says that there is a fight going on inside him.  He said it is between two wolves.” One wolf is evil:  anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego… The other wolf is good: joy, peace, […]Read More

KWANZAA – A Season For Re-creating Community

“The community is a body in which every individual is a cell.  No harmful or inappropriate cell is allowed to remain in the body.  One way or another it will be ejected.  One must learn how to function as a healthy cell in order to earn the privilege of staying in the body and keeping […]Read More

A Collective Purpose for the Coming Year: “Unleashing The Genius

Reading, listening or watching the daily news, we are bombarded with the rampant violence occurring in our homes, neighborhoods and cities.  Interestingly enough, while perpetrators (some) are sought and prosecuted for their acts of violence, our government rewards young men and women for volunteering to go into other countries wielding weapons and unknown numbers of […]Read More