“ORGANIZING IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT”
Baba Amefika D. Geuka
A Black Paper
September 20, 2015
An important occasion; an incident; an activity or one of a series of activities. NIWPD*
A set of actions; a system marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result. Websters
A group or arrangement of parts, facts, etc. that relate to or interact with each other; a group of logically related facts, beliefs, etc.; a method of classification, arrangement, etc. NIWPD
*New International Webster’s Pocket Dictionary
Perhaps my favorite quote from the teachings of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey is: “The greatest weapon used against the Negro is disorganization.” I used to wonder why Mr. Garvey drew this conclusion from all other possibilities. I have come to agree fully with my Hero, and am convinced that this too is a result of the conditioning black people were subjected to as part of the diabolical process used to convert us from the African human beings we were prior to the advent of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to the slaves we became. The operative word here is process. NO ‘slaves’ were ever brought to North America! Human beings were captured and brought here in chains, and through a process of de-humanization spanning nearly a century and several generations, were reduced below the level of beasts. No animals owned by our enslavers were treated so horrifically as the sons and daughters of Africa who were so unfortunate as to have been among those captured and transported here!! As a collective group, we still suffer the psychological trauma infused into us as part of that process. Whereas our condition of servility and inferiority is the result of a process, most of our efforts to extricate ourselves from that mental and emotional bondage have consisted of events. If we are to regain our humanity, we must organize ourselves into a force capable of throwing off the shackles placed on our minds, and embark on a process of restoration.
By definition an ‘event’ is an occasion, an incident, an activity, or ‘one;’ by contrast, a ‘process‘ is a set, a system, that brings about gradual changes that lead to a particular result. Events cannot reverse or undo effects brought about by a process! Only through a counter-process can there be any possibility of doing so, and that counter-process must be designed and carried out in such a way as to lead to a particular result!! To do this requires minimally — vision, organization, structure, resolve, and discipline, and if the truth be told, blacks in America have shown little if any of these invaluable traits and attributes of late! Not since the days of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) has there been an organized effort with structure designed and intended for the express purpose of restoring people of African descent in America to our African humanity! The challenge for our One Million Conscious Black Voters & Contributors (OMCBV&C) initiative is to pick up where Mr. Garvey left off when he was deported from America, take the ‘baton’ firmly in hand, and ‘run’ the next ‘leg’ of Black Americans’ “relay-race” toward the goal of ascending back to our ‘…rightful place among the constellation of nations and peoples of the Earth!’
Jim Clingman and I both were fortunate to have attended the Million Man March (MMM) on October 16, 1995 in Washington, DC, though we did not meet each other until ten years later in 2005 when we both presented a ‘plank’ in Dr. Claud Anderson’s “Powernomics” platform in Detroit, Michigan. As wonderful and inspiring as the MMM was, it was only an event; however, it had the potential to inspire attendees to engage in a process to realize the noble goals and objectives mentioned by the series of speakers that day. Unfortunately, the MMM’s convener did not have a plan of action to present to his receptive audience, and the only challenge we were presented with was to “…return to our respective homes and places, and join some organization that is working for the uplift and advancement of black people; and if no such organization worthy of our support existed in our communities, we were obliged to create one.” Just how many of the 2.5 million black men in attendance that day heeded Minister Farrakhan’s urging and did as he suggested is a story yet to be told, but we do know two “true believers” who took the Minister’s words to heart, and went back home to Cincinnati, Ohio and West Palm Beach, Florida respectively, and started planting seeds for improvement in the condition of black people. Here we are another ten years later (2015), and those two (now) “old-geezers” are still in-the-hunt for solutions to the puzzle of how to get black people back to where our Creator and Ancestors intended us to be!
“Tomorrow is not promised to us;” and if there is to be a future for people of African descent, some element among us will have to step-up-to-the-plate and prove themselves capable of conceptualizing (envisioning), planning, organizing, implementing, conducting, evaluating, modifying, and bringing to fruition — the particular results sought after! That is referred to as “organizing” brothers and sisters! Jim and I are trying to provide the caliber and quality of experienced leadership needed for this awesome undertaking, but leaders are only as good and effective as their followership, and it is from among those followers that the next cadre of leaders must evolve if there is to be continuity of effort and resolve. Jim is getting old, and I am even older (LOL), and we both face health challenges daily. You all will have to pardon us if we appear sometimes to be impatient with the lack or slowness of our folks to respond to what appears to us to be “as plain as the nose on your face.” We KNOW this stuff ain’t “rocket-science,” and it does not take a genius to recognize what we are up against and what would be required to overcome obstructions to our success. WE ARE and of necessity MUST BE the SOLUTION to our own problems; that is the way of life. The only question worth asking and answering is: Are we possessed of the qualities and attributes required to get the job done? If not, we will be forced to admit that as a Race we are in fact inferior, and should throw ourselves on the mercies of our superiors as some notable blacks advise us to do!
Jim and I have started this process, and are committed to staying the course as long as we are able, and have sufficient encouragement from the ranks of our people, but as the “Last Poets” warned us: “Time is running out on B-S niggers,” so the true Black MEN and WOMEN must rise to the occasion, step to the fore, and Captain our ship to safe harbor. This is not the time for “faint-hearted” or halt-stepping negroes. Who among you is ready to take on this task? Events-oriented persons need not apply, because it is Nature’s law that only the strong have a right to survive, and that is because the strong are willing to assert their right to survival — and beyond that — to PROSPER!!! Start flexing your muscles people, and determine the place and role you will play in this
Stay The Course
By Asyra Daniels
August 21, 2016
Police shootings and brutality against black folks has become commonplace. Most of us have been aware of the state of black people but because we didn’t have to see it we pretended it didn’t happen. Now that social media has made it impossible for us to ignore more of us are voicing our opinions and outrage. There have been more talks of moving money into black-owned banks, restarting Black Wall Street, and even talks of returning to the Motherland.
Silence. Things have seemed to die down, at least on the surface and black folks have gone back into our usual lull state. Even with Baton Rouge, Louisiana flooding we haven’t made any real moves. Some residents of Louisiana still need food, water, and in some cases removal from the attics of their flooded homes. The media would have people believe that things are getting better and that people’s lives are slowly returning to normal. That just simply isn’t the truth.
As if they hadn’t been through enough already with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of us sat and watched on television as black folks all over the state of Louisiana as people huddled into the superdome and were stuck in......(READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
By Asyra Daniels
July 23, 2016
“All progress – whether individual, national, or racial – has been, and will continue to be, in the mental realm, the greatest battle of the future will be one of the ideas instead of guns.” Dr. Venice J. Bloodworth
This quote has never been more true and relevant than it is right now today. Black people are being gunned down daily and with every murder we are brutally reminded of the justice, or lack thereof, that we are afforded in this country.
The lack of concern and outrage for the loss of life of our people by a system that is sworn to protect is staggering. Due in large part to social media, the mainstream news cycles had finally begun to take notice after being dragged reluctantly into having to talk about something black folks have always known while the rest of the country ignored. We took a collective gasp as we waited to see.... (READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
No More Time To Wait
By Asyra Daniels
July 18, 2018
June 26, 2016 was one of the proudest moments for African-Americans across the country. Jesse Williams gave a speech many are calling profound and sparked something in people that created a wave of emotion that could not be ignored. His words doled out hope and a sense of awareness that many of us had never felt before and we were ready and confident that from that day forward everything would be different. You could literally feel black people take a deep breath at the thought of this marking the beginning of something new in this country and that the days of injustice at the hands of the justice system would soon be behind us. We waited.
Then, just one week after Williams’ awe-inspiring stance, on July 5th Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and reality quickly sets in. All over social media angry tweets and Instagram posts cried out about the injustice that is still visited upon black men in this country and just one day after the 4th of July. He was tackled and shot five times in the back and chest and like many other instances, this was all caught on camera......(READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
Our Time Has Come
By Asyra Daniels
June 17, 2016
Anyone alive today could agree that there is no shortage of news about the ongoing carnage against black people around the world. There is a constant onslaught of Facebook posts and YouTube videos for anyone who isn’t aware of our current state of despair. We are literally being massacred in the streets and seemingly nothing is being done to put an end to it. Or is there?
Two men, Baba Amefika Geuka and Baba Jim Clingman, have been at the forefront of this struggle longer than many of us might want to admit there was/is one and still are today. Together they created the One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors (OMCBV&C) as an answer to a barrage of questions ranging from what do we do now and where do we go from here. With time, determination, and perseverance the OMCBV&C has grown and continues to gain momentum daily, stretching further and further across the country. With more than 90 years of experience between them, black lives could not be in better hands....(READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
Black Bank Partnership
August 21, 2016
The OMC&CBC&V supports and endorses the efforts of the National Bankers Association (NBA) to serve distressed communities plagued by social and economic challenges, and to provide employment opportunities, entrepreneurial capital, and economic revitalization in neighborhoods which often have little or no access to alternative financial services. We will also advocate with NBA for the nation’s Black-owned banks on legislative and regulatory matters concerning and affecting its members and the communities they serve. Additionally, in alignment with the NBA's mission, we desire to see an increase in the number and impact of Black-owned banks and their branches, to see growth in individual and business accounts, an expansion in the variety of financial products available to better serve our communities, and additional jobs as a result of that support. To that end, our individual members will support our banks by opening new accounts, especially long term savings accounts, and encourage others to do the same. (Download This Plank)