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Word of the Day: Victimhood

Word of the Day: Victimhood One of the recurring success themes in the African-American community is the frequency with which being a victim actually drives ambition. ~ Audrey Edwards and Graig K. Polite, From Children of the Dream To be African-American implies that at least once in our lives, if not over and over again, … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Failure

Word of the Day:  Failure In a lifetime of striving to fulfill ourselves, our efforts do not always meet with resounding success.  But what appears to the world as failure does not have to be that for us.  If we start up a shoe store and soon close it and go bankrupt, have we failed? … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Unity

Word of the Day: Unity Sticks in bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan (Bondei) proverb Sticks in a bundle symbolize unity, or Umoja, one of the seven principles we celebrate at Kwanzaa.  As African-Americans, it is clear we must help ourselves.  We must make alliances among ourselves, and stop the bickering, envy, and posturing that divide us. … Continue reading

Words of the Day: Collective Work and Responsibility

Words of the Day: Collective Work and Responsibility No matter what accomplishment you make, somebody helps you. ~ Althea Gibson Whatever any of us achieves, we have to credit the many people who helped us in our development: parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, mentors, friends, and coaches.  Beyond these, we must give thanks to the courageous … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Responsibility

Word of the Day:  Responsibility It is quite easy to shout slogans, to sign manifestos, but it is quite a different matter to build, manage, command, spend days and nights seeking the solution of problems. ~ Patrice Lumumba It doesn’t take much energy or commitment to wear a button or a T-shirt, to shout a … Continue reading

Words of the Day: Unfairness/Challenges

Words of the Day: Unfairness/Challenges She informed us regularly and matter-of-factly that we had to be twice as good as white children in everything we attempted in life. “That way you got half a chance of making it.” ~Bebe Moor Campbell, from Sweet Summer Who among us has not heard this bit of wisdom?  We … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Collective Responsibility

Word of the Day:  Collective Responsibility We live, not as hermits, untouched by others, but in families and communities. “It’s my life,” you insist.  Of course.  Ultimately, only you can decide what is best for you.  But every choice affects the lives of those around you now and those who will surround you later.  Living … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Diplomacy (BP)

Word of the Day: Diplomacy You worry too much about what goes into your mouth and not enough about what comes out of it. ~ Leah Chase Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cut to the core.  Words are more powerful than we realize.  Mere words can convince a child that he … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Reading

Word of the Day: Reading It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.  ~Sutton E. Griggs How many of us would say we make adequate time for reading in our lives?  Reading can help us clarify our confusion and enhance our perspective   Books and newspapers show us other … Continue reading

Word of the Day: Preparation

Word of the Day: Preparation If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule. ~Barbara Jordan If we haven’t been in on the rule making — and generally we haven’t — we may want to ignore the rule book altogether. But life is rife with rules.  There are rules at home, … Continue reading

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