Awareness

AWARENESS:

(1) The state or ability to perceive, to feel or to be conscious of events.  (2) Concern for some social or political cause. (3) The concept of being completely informed and educated on a particular topic. 

“The differences in race are not based on superiority or inferiority; differences in race are actually  indicators that gauge specific gifts and talents that each race possess.  The responsibility of each race is to ensure that those gifts and talents are realized, developed and showcased.  This solidifies each individual race a place in society – existing as equals.” – Carter G. Woodson (1933)

Black Awareness Forum will provide insight and information on today’s black movement.  Black Awareness Forum’s goal is to create a platform that encourages discussion and promotes dialogue geared towards the struggle of black people in America. Our focus is sharing information and providing a venue for an open dialogue.  BAF will discuss issues that are pertinent in the black community.  We will discuss issues that have been relevant over the past forty years and continue their relevance today.  Black Awareness Forum (BAF) utilizes literature from black philosophers, poets, professors, activist, historians and scholars who have varying views, interpretations and opinions pertaining to the “black experience” in America.  This forum will look to uplift, encourage and provide a voice for all black people.

Discussion Topics:

  • Prison Industrial Complex
  • Mis-Education vs. Education
  • Double Consciousness
  • Activism Today
  • Black Leadership
  • Responsibilities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Progression of the Black Movement
  • Religion, Politics, Business (in the black community)
  • Radicals and Militants
  • Changing the Future
  • Means and Necessity
  • Woes in the Workplace

The topics of discussion will open with examinations of literature, speeches and writings by influential members of the black community dating back to the early 1900s;  authors and activist such as: Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. Dubois, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis, Dr. Cornel West, Nelson Mandela (just to name a few).

“The black movement is active; through discourse we will continue the legacy of awareness, education and self-respect for our people. Power to the people…in love, in peace and in the struggle!”

Stephanie Strickland (2014)

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