Tips for Becoming More Effective Community Organizers

Those of us who are community organizers, share both blessings and challenges as a result of the life paths we’ve chosen (or that chose us). In terms of blessings, we receive the respect and gratitude of our community members, who appreciate our hard work and noble efforts. In addition, we enjoy the personal satisfaction of knowing that our ideas and work educate and empower those for whom we do what we do in the first place. Lastly, we often establish contacts with business owners, elected officials, philanthropists, and fellow organizers. This gives us access to funding, information, and opportunities which … Continue reading Tips for Becoming More Effective Community Organizers

Preparing for Black Survival in a Time of Peril

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Two Towers” _________________________________________ Many moons ago – during my first two years as an undergraduate student at Syracuse University, I found myself in a dilemma. After stumbling around unfulfilled in the university’s famed school of public communications, I searched feverishly for a major and academic discipline that was a good fit for me. I wasn’t seeking status, material wealth, or to accumulate innumerable gadgets or trinkets. I simply wanted to … Continue reading Preparing for Black Survival in a Time of Peril