All Articles Tagged "Frederick Douglass"

10 Black Male Leaders Paint The Blueprint For Black Economic Power

February 25th, 2015 - By Kara Stevens
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One of my deepest hopes for our community is that we recognize and leverage our economic prowess to improve our collective condition. Since we are closing out Black History Month, I wanted to compile some powerful quotes on money and wealth from some of our financial forefathers, past and present, to inspire you to make wealth a part of your blueprint for personal liberation and happiness.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson
“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”

“If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.”

Frederick Douglass
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”

Booker T. Washington
“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”

Marcus Garvey
“There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it; as of the individual, so should it be of the nation.”

Malcolm X
“So our people not only have to be reeducated to the importance of supporting Black business, but the Black man himself has to be made aware of the importance of going into business. And once you and I go into business, we own and operate at least the businesses in our community. What we will be doing is developing a situation wherein we will actually be able to create employment for the people in the community. And once you can create some employment in the community where you live it will eliminate the necessity of you and me having to act ignorantly and disgracefully, boycotting and picketing some practice some place else trying to beg him for a job.”

Russell Simmons
“I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that financial literacy, economic empowerment, and wealth building is going to be the last leg of the civil rights movement. Because one step toward financial literacy takes you two steps toward personal empowerment.”

Stokley Carchimael
“It is a call for Black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for Black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.”

George Subira
“People seem to be coming around to the idea that true freedom as an economic foundation and that economic development is in fact connected to the development of Black privately-owned business.”

Dr. Boyce Watkins
“One thing that’s true is that whether you are making a financial investment or an investment of the heart, you usually get what you give. What’s also true is that investing the wrong assets into the wrong places is a great way to end up broke (or broken).”

Bishop T.D. Jakes
“Any time you stop producing and focus only on consuming, you have nothing to be proud of, other than what you consume… If you don’t produce and wait on someone to hire you, and give you a vision,  you may not get there… And until we start taking over our community understanding our marketplace and get our lion’s share of the marketplace, will we never get up.“

Dr. Dennis Kimbro
“Over a seven year period, I can tell you unequivocally wealth is not a function of gender, not a function of race. It is not a function of circumstance. It is not a function of condition—how the cards were dealt, which side of the town you were born on,  but it is a function of choice, a function of discipline, and it is a function of effort, faith, and believing in yourself.”

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Frederick TeamNatural Douglass And The Most Hilarious Historical Facebook Names Created On Twitter

May 29th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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What happens when Black folks and a funny idea come together on Twitter the day after a Holiday? You get the hashtag #HistoricalFacebookNames. All day yesterday, Black Twitter was going in on icons of America’s past giving them those hilarious middle names that have, thankfully, finally died out on Facebook. You know the ones, like Sarah Single and Saved Stevens.

Well these plays on historical leaders’ names take the nicknaming trend to a whole new hilarious level, and according to Trendinalia, #HistoricalFacebookNames was the top seventh trending term on Twitter yesterday. It was hard for us to just pick out a few but here are a list of the funniest names!

It’s All Love? Pro-Black Men Who We’re Surprised Dated Or Married White Women

November 26th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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While interracial relationships are not nearly as uncommon as they once were, we’d be lying if we said that the dating and marriage histories of some of the nation’s most outspoken black social activists didn’t come as a surprise to us. Let’s take a gander at socially and politically active black men who dated outside of their race.

If Given a Choice: Would You Stay in America or Leave?

May 14th, 2012 - By Charing Ball
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If you couldn’t tell by now, I am infatuated by race and identity in this country, particularly how we as black folks relate to both race and identity.

My general belief is that our inability to reconcile with or even denounce one or the other is the main causation for why our community struggles to progress in this country. In short, we are serving two masters: We are trying to buy/work our way into the American dream while also trying to fix and build the community. I have found that those two concepts are often in opposition to each other, which is often demonstrated by our reluctance at times to unify and work together. And sometimes I wonder if Abraham Lincoln had followed through on his plans to resettle recently freed blacks back in Africa, where would be now?  However, the way in which some of us refuse to act in our own self-interest, especially politically, I wonder if emancipation and self-determination is what we really want?

Those questions are very important to answer if we are ever going to properly educate children, build economic infrastructures and generally move the community ahead. However, those questions are as old as our history in this country itself. And many great leaders, from the likes of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and both Malcolm and Martin, have all been debating for hundreds of years and yet have failed to reach a consensus. So in an effort to once and for all settle this debate, let’s put our thinking caps on and consider this hypothetical situation. Keyword: hypothetical.

Before I get to the actual theoretical situation, let me tell you first about the inspiration. Last week, I was re-watching “Cosmic Slop,” an early 90s television special, which originally aired on HBO. The series is like Twilight Zone but with an anthology of stories about race relations. One such story is called Space Traders, a 30-minute short about a U.S. President faced with the dilemma of having a clean environment, and living in world peace and prosperity in exchange for giving all the black people on the planet away to bartering aliens, who offer no assurance of their intention with them.  The story first appeared in Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism, a book written by scholar and Critical Race Theorist Professor Derrick Bell.  And while I won’t give away the story, I’ll just say that people shouldn’t be surprised how that story ended.

But in that situation, the black community didn’t have a choice.  SO in the spirit of the late great scholar Professor Derrick Bell, mixed with a little John Quinones of the “20/20″’ show “What Would You Do?” fame, I’ll give us one.

Let’s pretend that it is the year 2013. President Obama has won his second term as President of the United States. He is standing at the podium, in front of a live audience, giving the first State of the Union Address of his second term. He spells out his goal for fixing the economy, he talks about immigration, he gives his plan for gay, lesbian and transgendered equality and now, for the first time in his presidency, he speaks about a black agenda.

The Amazing Women Beside These Accomplished Men

February 6th, 2011 - By Demetria Irwin
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During Black History Month, we hear an awful lot about the wonderful, powerful black men who have graced this planet with their presence. We hear a lot about powerful women too, even the wives of some of these men.  The stories of Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King and  Michelle Obama (the wife of our current history-making president) are pretty well known.  But what if we reached back a little further to the wives who have more so been in the shadow of the great men who loved them?

Let’s take a peek at four fascinating women lost to time!