And as a Pan-African-oriented organization, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that both the treatment, and fates of African peoples are inseparable from building a free, strong, united, and financially secure Africa.
But those goals will be most easily achieved through collective, strategic customized programs embraced by local communities in Africa, the United States, and the entire African Diaspora.
These are the top seven elements of our global vision:
1. We envision African communities with strong, healthy, happy families in their own homes–with multiple generations–living and working together for the highest and best good of their blood relatives, extended family, and the larger community.
2. We envision communities in which our children will be well-educated; well-behaved; respectful of each other and their elders; embrace their rich, diverse African culture; and grateful to our Creator for the love, wisdom, and support of the ancestors on whose shoulders we all stand.
3. Key to our vision is working to create a close-knit, global African community of interest designed to uplift, protect, and ensure the continued survival of our people through networking to forge durable international partnerships, collaborations, internships, scholar and worker exchange programs, and international trade opportunities for both present and future generations.
4. We envision the use of targeted, multi-media, online programming to help reclaim, re-educate, and build high self-esteem in our young people, while teaching them their proper roles within our families, communities, and the world at large.
A major part of that programming will emphasize the importance of marriage before having children.
Also spotlighted will be the value of Black fathers; the long overdue necessity of returning Black women and Black motherhood to the pedestal they deserve; and conflict resolution without violence.
5. We envision safe communities where our children can grow, thrive, and prosper–free of racial and social discrimination; police brutality and racial profiling; sexual and other harassment; and sudden death through violent means–especially Black on Black gun violence, gang and drug related murders, unjustified law enforcement killings, ethnic cleansing, and civil and tribal wars.
6. The global daily use of the Nguzo Saba or the Seven Principles of the Pan-African family/cultural celebration Kwanzaa, which was created by noted Pan-African scholar and educator Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in the East African trade language Kiswahili. It’s celebrated by more than 20-million people of African descent annually from Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st.
Those ancient African principles for daily living are based on African harvest celebrations: Umoja (Unity); Kujichagulia (Self-determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Collective Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity); and Imani (Faith).
7. And finally, we envision the long-hoped for rebuilding of Africa, and the harnessing of its vast natural resources to create wealth–and a secure homeland–for its own peoples at home, and throughout the African Diaspora.
We also look forward to the end of negative relationships caused by the aftermath of both brutal, dehumanizing slavery, and the crippling former colonization of Africa.