Lenny McAllister recently put out the call to Black leaders across our communities to participate in a 'Festive 40-Day Fast for the Future.' Nobody gives him much of a chance. When will we learn?
We live in a world where anything is possible. As such, the Electronic Village stands in support of this celebratory call for change considering the magnitude of the early part of 2009 - the 80-year birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the initial days with our first African American president.
We ask that all African Americans use the remainder of 2009 Black History Month as a time to enjoy what is happening in America. This is a unique opportunity to address the ills found in Black America, leveraging the depth of experienced Black mentors with new Black leadership to bring about a new reality for Black people - and all citizens - in 21st century America.
The initial goals that have been listed for these 40 days are:
- No Black-initiated crime during the 40 days (thus, calling a truce, if you will)
- No Black truancy from school during the 40 days (to celebrate accomplishment, not disengagement)
- No Black-on-Black violence or murder during the 40 days (to celebrate life, not death)
- No "b****es, no n**gaz, no jiggas, and no hoes" for 40 days (to usher in a return of Black Chivalry)
This is a short-term initiative that Black leaders throughout the country can embrace, not as a call that one is individually making, but as a call that we collectively need.
Our children - American children - are at need, and it will take their fathers, mothers, brothers, and cousins to turn this around more than it will ever take a program or a government to do it for them.
The support of all villagers will be greatly appreciated, but this must be led by African Americans because it is our families, Black young men, and children in crisis.
What better way to celebrate from MLK Day through the end of Black History Month than to permanently change our communities just as the history of the country has changed?
The next step is yours. You've heard the call. Will you heed it as well?