By Doshon Farad
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Washington, D.C.-The daughter of Malcolm X, author and educator Ilyasah Shabazz recently endorsed the upcoming National Black Men's Convention and 10,000 Black Men’s March set to take place in Banneker City (Washington, D.C.) from April 18-22 at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church. Not only has Ms. Shabazz endorsed the event, but she has also agreed to participate and keynote at least one of its sessions. She, however, is not the only prominent Black woman to give her unconditional support.
Although convention organizers say that its primary focus is Black men, they have made clear that not only are Black women not being excluded but are also playing a major role in its development.
During a time when the public is bombarded with several negative images of Black women being loud, trifling, drama queens, and anti-Black man; we thought it was necessary to help erase these demonizing stereotypes that actually contradict the history of Black women.
For centuries-from Queen Nzinga in Angola to Tamika Mallory in America-Black women (who Malcolm X said were the “most disrespected and unprotected” people in America) have played a pivotal role in the Black Liberation Struggle across the globe.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson once said, “Black women must challenge Black men to live up to their best in every arena of the culture-at job, at home, in school, and in religious arenas.” In this special piece, Your Black World spoke with several dynamic sisters from different parts of the country who are helping to manifest next month’s gathering. And they each personify Dyson’s suggestion.
Meet Newark, N.J. native P. Renae Brooks who serves as an advisor to convention Chairman Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. She offers tremendous optimism and hopes that the event will benefit the overall Black community.
“The National Black Men's Convention and 10,000 Black Men's March is a guaranteed pathway to healing our Brothers, of all ages. This convention and march are necessary today because we cannot dwell on how we arrived into this state-of-being. We, Brothers and Sisters, absolutely must step-up and stand firm while reclaiming our whole-self. We must be able and equipped with a sound-mind to function one-hundred percent in our health, education, economics, spirituality, family nurturing and community affairs. Once achieved, in unity and commitment, the Black Nation will take its rightful place and position.”
Longtime activist and Washington, D.C. native Aisha Muhammad explains how having Black male siblings produced in her a dedicated love and appreciation for Black men.
“I am Afrocentric and African Centered and I really believe in organizing and unifying for the empowerment of the diaspora, especially Black men. I feel that I should support it because I come from a family of all brothers. I have a son and all grandsons. So my goal is to see that our men have the most support that they can have from us and to see them do their best as heads of the household and heads of the community. So it’s my pleasure to give my support to see that brothers have an overstanding as to what the community needs from them. So why not support and let them know exactly what Black women need as wives, sisters, and as mothers? Who else better to tell brothers what we need and to be in support of them.”
Brooklyn native and activist Sister Yaa Asantewaa-who has been traveling the country garnering support for the convention-spoke of the ongoing war being waged against Black men, and how Black women should continue to serve as allies.
“Well, the main reason is to support our Black men. Our men have been up against so much opposition ever since we were stolen from Africa and brought to America. We have to lift up our men. And we have to lift each other up. Black men are the target of America. They’re the target of prison, mass incarceration, drugs, and murder. They are branded as thieves, thugs, and murderers. They are even accused of not being men and not taking care of their responsibilities. We know that a system has been set up to keep Black men at the bottom. So we as Black women stand up with our men and say to them ‘We’re with you. We will stand with you and we will fight with you.’”
Washington, D.C. area radio host Reverend Jeanette Pollard whose church (she is not the pastor) Shiloh Baptist is where the convention is being held mentioned Black women’s role in the sojourn of the Black community in America.
“We need unity in the Black race. We need to support Black men who are the targets of police killings, unemployment, and a lot of different things. And we as Black women-since slavery and the Civil Rights Movement-have a history of supporting our men in their positive endeavors. The National Black Men’s Convention provides a larger space for Black women to further demonstrate our love for Black men. If we uplift the Black man we will ultimately uplift the Black family.”
Malik Zulu Shabazz, Esq.
Black Lawyers for Justice
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Source: EIN Presswire