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Positive Black Folks in Action-2015

Op/Ed By A. Peter Bailey


apeterbailey(TriceEdneyWire.com) – I strongly believe that contrary to what is so often depicted in the so-called mainstream press, there are many thousands of Black folks throughout the country who deserve the description “positive Black folks in action.” With talent, commitment and determination, they have created and/or been involved in activities that advance our cultural, economic and educational interests in what is basically a White supremacist society.

It is with thanks and deep appreciation that I acknowledge these kind of people who I’ve met and /or connected with in 2015. They include Professor James Clingman, whose column, “Blacknomics” and book, Black Money Matter, are must-reads for anyone concerned with maximizing our cultural and economic potential; Sharon Conn, Keith Hunter, Thomas Penny, Ibrahim Mumin, David Dennison, Josh Myers, James Sinclair and Nkosi Namtambu who, on Feb. 21, 2015, pulled together a commemorative event around the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Brother Malcolm X and a memorable 90th birthday celebration for him on May 19, 2015.

Also taking care of business were Thomas Muhammad, Diane Ragsdale, Ron Jessie and Carolyn Davis who provide productive cultural and economic leadership in Dallas, Texas; Curtis King, of that same city, whose leadership with The Black Academy of Arts and Letters has made it one of the most masterful cultural institutions in the country; Sylvia Harkin, Mabel Robinson, Lawrence Evans, and Chapman Roberts, who’s biennial National Black Theatre Festival (next one is in 2017) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is an absolute feast for theatre goers throughout the country and the world; Ron Busby, Jr., head of the US Black Chambers Inc. and columnist Bill Reid, both of whom truly understand the critical need for us to more effectively and productively use our individual and collective economic resources; the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who connects the spiritual and the intellectual more compellingly than anyone else I have ever heard speak in 2015; Jim French and Hakim Abdul Ali, publisher and columnist, respectively, for The Chronicle, a Black newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, which is a valuable source of information about our people; Jesse Frierson, who is playing a pivotal role in the struggle against excessive incarceration of young Black males; Enoch Mehretead, Olayiwola Bakare, Joomay Ndongo, Kofi Agyapong and Kofi Kyeremateng-Ababio, five African friends who share my deep belief in the critical need for more unity among people of African descent around the world; and Asa McZier, who shares his deep, practical knowledge of business and economics with young people.

It is positive Black folks in action like the above-mentioned and many thousands more of them throughout the country that brilliant journalist/historian Lerone Bennett Jr., was writing about when he stated, “It is the incredible toughness and resilience in Black people that gives me hope.”