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SAY IT LOUD I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD

SAY IT LOUD I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD

Around 1968 James Brown expressed a Black consciousness message. James said, "Uh! Your bad self! Say it loud! I'm black and I'm proud Say it louder! I'm black and I'm proud Look a-here!"

What was it that James Brown meant that Black people were supposed to be proud of, was it our skin, hair, culture, ancestry or our economical survival in a white world. I ascertained it to be none of the aforementioned. It was about our mind power inclusive of our Black power rather than our back power used for the other man. Those eight words conveyed a new self-confidence and assertiveness among the black community in 1968 America.

Are those words lost on us today. Have each generation turned a deaf-ear on that anthem. Does self-confidence and assertiveness have anything to do with how we look, present ourselves or our education.

"Now we demand a chance to do things for ourselves We tired of beatin' our heads against the wall And workin' for someone else

look a-here There's one thing more I got to say right here Now, now we're people, we're like the birds and the bees We rather die on our feet than keep livin' on our knees...."

What is being Black and proud today, the young people believe it is a Rap recording contract. Maybe its having a Mercedes or BMW. Those are nice to have but they are not conducive to all around Black pride...maybe self pride. James was talking about pride as a people. Certainly Barrack and Michelle Obama were Black pride for the people 50 years later, but where will it come from in the coming years. Will it come from something other than singing and dancing. Maybe from science, mathematics or politics or just maybe another President or statesman or woman.