B Ra Carter said:
I have my own way to go about going about influencing the next generation. Power is not something that remains on the physical plane, but all aspects of the human experience. Some one has to be able to influence children in the areas where they are being impacted so we can cultivate men and women that want to strive, dream, and inspire others.
n/a Zhana said:
I have done a lot of work with Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is transformative. Check out some of my blog posts: http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-is-opportunity-to-create-better.html http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2011/08/uk-riots-ending-violence.html
Jennifer Jackson said:
I've thought about that and my question is Just does how one stop the violence. The ones that need to be reached you can't and the ones that are preaching about it already know it must stop. So what do you do? I know it saddens me to see another Black man go do. Usually for very hideous reasons, that could and mostly does change their lives forever.
Deborrah Cooper said:
One solution that I have suggested and that has been used with great success is to teach Black children the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) the principles upon which Kwanzaa was developed. Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people. Theme 1 Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are." Theme 2 Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community. Theme 3 Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world. Theme 4 Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support. Theme 5 Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community. Theme 6 Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community. Theme 7 Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle. If our children learn and apply those principles to their daily life, they grow up with pride, confidence, and high expectations of themselves. They will be leaders instead of followers, guiding those around them to self-actualization and greatness.
Monique Jeanty said:
B Ra Carter You say you have your own way. Please share! I agree that "power is not something is not something that remains on the physical plane." Our thoughts have energy. If you have an idea that's working for you, maybe it could work for other young people.
I refer to myself as a think box. Most of my ideas last over a period of time based on the goal I want to achieve. If I truly want to impact the world on a positive note I have to commit myself to it as if it is a hobby. Honestly, the world is in peril and chaos. The men and women who have commited themselves to explointing the world and thriving on greed use power. I need to have the same abilites or more to combat such individuals and be able to impact the world on a positive note. Each and every day we take steps to bettering the world, but as long as those higher ups manage to keep men and women at the bottom we have, but so much we can do. A powerful figure must be able to lead the pack effectively to tear down the tyrants the require the exploitation of others.