"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." --Frederick Douglass, "West India Emancipation" Speech, August 4, 1857
My advanced copy of The Covenant with Black America arrived at my door this month delayed but not denied. At first glance, I am happy to say, as I have said on my radio show already, that the 254-page book is more awesome than I could have imagined.
Why a covenant with Black America? Tavis Smiley says in the introduction, "Our interest with this document was to create a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today....This Covenant is not revolutionary but evolutionary in the sense that it will be another catalyst in our struggle to make Black America better. I believe that when we make Black America better, we make all of America better."
A better Black America, I'm with that. A roadmap complete with facts, experts, strategies and solutions, I'm with that. A game plan for the 2006 and 2008 elections is vital if Black America is to be better.
Below are the ten issues (covenants), discussed at the State of the Black Union 2006, that are addressed in detail in the book:
- Securing the Right to Healthcare and Well-Being.
- Establishing A System of Public Education In Which All Children Achieve At High Levels and Reach Their Full Potential.
- Correcting the System of Unequal Justice.
- Fostering Accountable Community-Centered Policing.
- Ensuring Broad Access to Affordable Neighborhoods That Connect to Opportunity.
- Claiming Our Democracy.
- Strengthening Our Rural Roots.
- Accessing Good Jobs, Wealth, and Economic Prosperity.
- Assuring Environmental Justice for All.
- Closing the Racial Divide.
I pray that you will consider purchasing this book. The words of Malcolm X summarizes my sentiments, "You can stand for something or fall for anything."
Be blessed in the Lord Jesus Christ.