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Committing To The Cause
Published:
1/8/2015 11:42:09 AM

By Barney Blakeney


Okay, so we’re starting off a new year. Rev. Anna installed her officers this morning asking them to commit to doing the work they’ve been assigned and have accepted. Her reminder of that obligation to make a commitment made me think. When you take a job, you should try to do it. It follows we never should accept jobs we can’t do.

Most folks like recognition. It builds self esteem. As Reb said, being asked to fill certain positions recognizes our talents. Usually if someone asks you to do a job, they have some confidence you can get it done. So as I reflected on the installation ceremony, I got hung up on that word “commitment”.

You see, a lot of the time, we may have the talent to do somethings, but lack the commitment. Before I go too far, sometimes people also will accept obligations they are unable to fulfill. The old folks call it biting off more than you can chew. That’s a whole nuther column. For this column, I’m thinking about several things. First is the class of 1969. To my brothers and sisters of Bonds-Wilson Class of ‘69’ I thank you for your thank you. I did nothing. You guys exemplify the word “class”. I hope you enjoyed your prom. By the way, that is an excellent concept.

Now to my brothers and sisters of C.A. Brown Class of 1969. Yo, we got to come better in 2015. We are one school, one love. We have a C.A. Brown High School Alumni Association and every Brownite should support it. This ongoing thing about the two alumni Christmas parties at the same time should stop. When our generation is gone, there won’t be anymore Brownites. What is the legacy we want to leave? We must come together. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about.

For those who don’t know, it’s about us negros working together whether in our church, high school, businesses or communities. Black folks in 2015 must begin the cooperative process. We fake the funk, put on those smiling faces, pretending to be friends, masquerading the evil that lurks within. As Ron Isley said, “We got work to do.” We must commit to doing the work in 2015.

Reading the Dec. 30 edition of The Chronicle, I was impressed by the columns of several of the syndicated writers. I don’t know whose idea it was to run sister Lauren Victoria Burke’s column, but that sista is on point! The previous week she was telling Black folks to get about the business of making things happen. Our folks will hold a press conference and town hall meeting, but little else that causes change. Last week she told us old fuddy duddies to let the young folks do their thing. Check out the sister in the Dec. 30 edition. The sista blew me away. She came down real hard on Rev. Al Sharpton. Those same criticisms can be made of some cats here in the Charleston community as well. They clock a lot of air time and headlines, but have gotten little accomplished beyond getting their names in lights.

In the same edition several writers noted that Black America should support Obama’s efforts to open up international relations with Cuba. That should be a no-brainer. When America was eating its young during the last millennium, Cuba was one of the few places where Black American revolutionaries could find asylum. I can’t understand why Black folks in America wouldn’t want to support initiatives to work with Cuba.

It goes back to Black folks working together, whether C.A. Brown High School alumni or Black Americans and Castro’s Cuba where as much as half the population are folks black as me. Again, I think its about commitment.I’ll tell you what. The brothers and sisters at ‘The Parlor’ over on the Eastside’s Aiken Street ain’t lackin’ no commitment. For the fourth year those Black folks sponsored their annual Christmas gifts and dinner celebration.

Earl Brown and the crew gave kids in the community some 25 bikes this year and the grill had been burning ever since the night before Christmas. Those guys do their thing several times a year. They go into their pockets and come up with what’s necessary to get the job done. No fanfare, no TV cameras, no long drawn out speeches. Just some folks from the neighborhood giving back to the neighborhood. All in honor of John ‘Cap/Callahan’ Fludd.

One of my brothers said something to me this morning that really made me feel good. Everybody was wishing each other happy new year and the brother says to me he truly wishes me a blessed year. It was the way he said it. Like that brother, I truly wish my brothers and sisters a blessed year. May we find 2015 to be the year we fulfill our obligations to do the jobs we've accepted or get the hell on out of the way.
 

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