the late great Ossie Davis’ Eulogie for Malcolm X:
"Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain—and we will smile. Many will say turn away—away from this man; for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man—and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate—a fanatic, a racist—who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them:
Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did, you would know him. And if you knew him, you would know why we must honor him: Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood!”
"…And we will know him then for what he was and is—a prince—our own black shining prince!—who didn’t hesitate to die, because he loved us so." ♥✊
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Very proud of my alma mater tonight and proud of the northside in general. We’ve been denied that North/Henry energy and community school spirit for a while and I think it’s vital for our young people to see know and understand the rich history and love that comes with it. Some of our North high and Henry high b-ball greats came to support our young people as well. Beautiful. Lots of comradery and cheers and dunks. Lots of love. Just like old times. Love lives ova Norf I thought you knew.#lovemyNorthSide #ovaNorf #PolarPride
Habari Gani? Ujamaa! Cooperative economics! And I’m going to let Ms. Makani Themba tell you why.
Greatful for this message of Ujamaa today! Happy Kwanzaa.
" Habari Gani, Family? UJAMAA! Cooperative economics and familyhood. I know there are some of you who paused a minute and thought, "I don’t remember familyhood being a part of the definition…" Yet, back in "the day," this is exactly how we would define it. In fact, the English translation of the Kiswahili word Ujamaa is "familyhood" or "extended family."Too often, Ujamaa gets defined as money and what we as a people need to do with our money. And even that is narrowed down to how we *spend* our money. Support Black owned businesses. Buy this incense. Help this one make a million. Circulate our dollars to build Black wealth…This might be the right thing to do but it is not really Ujamaa. Building an economy that is structured as extended family, where there is no exploitation and only cooperative, mutually beneficial exchange is a fundamental restructuring of the market as we know it. It means systems of exchange guided by Love for each other and the planet, grounded in the knowing that you and I are one; what I do for you, I do for me. Ujamaa is a radical vision of a future without fear because when we live rooted in the understanding of our connectedness and collective abundance, there is no one to fear.Obviously, getting to Ujamaa is going to take more than going to the Black bookstore and breaking them off a little something (though by all means please do). It requires that we lay the foundation for cooperation and trust and invest our intention to build the infrastructure (know how, resources, systems, etc.) for truly cooperative economics. When we boldly embrace Ujamaa, we do more than circulate their dollar. We are forging new currencies and commerce that support our whole selves.#weareourwealth" -Makani Themba