Black Men, Unifying, Supporting and Motivating, Black Men!
Far too little do we praise ourselves and one another. However, as the writer of this article, I want to thank all the Black Men as well as Black Boys who have participated in the monthly breakfast that we have held for now over four years.
Yes, for over four years a small group of Black Men came together and decided to have monthly breakfast as well as discussions as a way to bring Black Males to the same room, with a specific purpose. Yes, the purpose of networking and getting to know one another.
There have been times when we have had over a hundred Black Men and Black Boys in the same spot for two hours at a time and never have there been disrespect but it has always been peaceful with harmony in the place. Each month we have always used a Black Business as to spend our dollars and to help promote an establishment.
Of course, we as Black Men Unifying Black Men have not been perfect and neither have we had all the solutions to the issues within our communities. The truth is that we did not start off to be perfect and neither did we start off thinking we would have all the answers. But what I am thanking these Black Males for is this.
We have done and we are continuing to do what we set out to do and that is to bring us together on a consistent basis, giving us an opportunity to work together and to know one another. It is much easier working and building with one another once we truly know each other. It is harder to bring harm to one another if we know one another.
Our efforts have been a good display for the younger Black Males to see and witness so many Black Males coming together and not to party, neither to fight but to build bridges and to have discussions about our present plight and the future.
Through our efforts, so many other organizations have started and so many ideas have blossomed with Black Men working with one another who hadn’t even known one another. We have displayed a unity of strength that many Black Women have been proud off, knowing that their husbands and sons are part of this effort.
Our intent was to never be about us making money from one another and that is why every breakfast is always free of charge. Yes, we take donations up as a way to pay for the food as well as the facility that may cost us, but we didn’t want this to be about making money, we wanted this to be a genuine effort of us unifying us.
One of our core beliefs is simple, through unity all things become possible and therefore, our effort, as well as our mission, is to continue building bridges that other Black Males could cross. Of course, we have to give a shout out to one another, because it is imperative that each one of us realizes how vital one another has been to this effort.
I have heard many Black Males say a lot of things but one of our members always remind us that on the first Saturday of the month from 10 till 12 is the most dangerous two hours within the city and not because of harm but because of Black Males unifying.