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Re: The End of the Black American Narrative

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Hello Richard,

I think your point was taken and answered.

I had a different experience in college (1969-1973). It was a time of learning and sharing. I recall many of my contemporaries getting together to tell what we learned in our 'Black Studies' courses. I remember being admonished by Black Lit professor, Loften Mitchell, for not knowing or reading more about the Harlem Renaissance. Doubly embarrassing because, in the early 1960's, my good friend Stan and I would go with his grandfather to Martha's Vineyard where I just marveled at Mr. Brown's floor-to-ceiling bookshelves full of our literature. He had, I imagined, every black authored book known to man!

My point here is that if the information is out there and we know it exists, then we can't be led astray.
However, if we become lazy thinkers and viewers of Fox television, we will get what we deserve.
Let's not confuse education with entertainment. I personally avoid the 'gansta rap' analogies.
Sadly, we live in a googlized, short attention span and soundbite age; but I digress. LOL

More to the point, a new Black Narrative is already seeing the light thanks to genealogists and family historians. You don't even have to go to a university to check it out. Just go to your Family Reunion! Someone there will surely tell you that your ancestors didn't necessarily sit passively on a plantation eating watermelon being ignorant and stupid.

I appeal to you, Richard, to write about and share the history and wisdom of our Ancestors. Build a library, better yet, start a campaign to get every kid in your community a library card!

Become the new Black Narrative!

"Guided by the Ancestors"

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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