Some of you may have noticed the new Community tab, added to the site navigation. This page talks about the Blackademics workshop series that we’ve been taking into classrooms and community centers over the past several years. It may surprise some of you to know that the community workshops have been around twice as long as this site. Check out these clips from various workshops:
As this video reveals, the freedom struggle cannot be waged entirely online. The internet lacks a certain intimacy that we need to cultivate critical thinkers, activists, intellectuals and a real sense of community. Furthermore, economic disparities and “cyber-segregation” prevent many young people from accessing the internet, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean where globalization has the economically and technologically crippled African people. With this in mind, I challenge you all to engage your communities personally. In addition to blooging, reading interviews and posting comments on this website, hit the streets, the wreck centers, the schools and universities in your community with a positive message about Black empowerment, education, consciousness and activism. Mentoring is also a valuable way to get the message across. This type of activism is far more significant than a national Blackout or a march on Jena. Our community needs sustained commitments from within. These are the first steps towards self-determination.