By Keosha Moon
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
i will take the
would be better
to be packed
like spoons again
to continue to
knives and forks.
---E. Ethelbert Miller
For so long now we have taken advantage of that which our predecessors so
arduously fought to obtain. Education, equal rights, equal opportunities, and
the list continues infinitely. We are a people with a rich and fruitful heritage
and it disheartens me to say that we as Black Americans have truly forgotten the
essence of being black and what it means to us. Subsequently, every time I see
one of my young brothers and sisters
not taking full advantage of the education privileges of which they are afforded
it enrages me. With this thought in mind, I say that itís time! Time for what
one might ask, time for a revolution of the mind, in hopes of empowering Black
America to reach their pinnacle point.
Prior to beginning my collegiate career, I came from a school where for a
shocking number of the students success was a dream yet failure was the harsh
reality of it. This was a place where far to great a percentage of the pupils
came from a broken family environment. In monitoring these pupils, I concluded
that the majority of the aforementioned students had a Booker T. Washington type
mentality. That is the ďJust keep your mouths shut, do not grouse, But work,
and save, and buy a house. Nevertheless, I believe in W.E.B. Duboisí theory of
utilizing education as a catalyst for change. With conviction, I can truly state
that in order to be an upwardly mobile people we must be an educated people.
Therefore, it agitates me tremendously when I find that my peers have forward
vision; when, in this day and time it is imperative to have upward vision, for
how can one ascend in an upward direction unless they look up.
© 2001 Keosha Moon