Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chast’ning rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BLACK REALITY THINK TANK AND WHY THIS WEBSITE?
The Black Reality Think Tank, Inc. is a program designed to encourage "critical inquiry" on issues that impact the lives of African people living in America. We posit challenging questions in order to provoke "critical thinking" at the deepest level possible. Statistics reveal that African Americans are on the decline in every area of human life. Why is this so and how can a community reverse this phenomena? The Black Reality Think Tank as an organization works diligently to understand the past, dissect the present and stand ready to project and support implementing a meaningful future.
The Back Reality Think Tank website is designed to teach and inform a new generation of community leader. It is structured to offer resources and evidence that will support ones objective to understand that "history is a current event." Understanding this concept will assist communities in setting realistic goals and developing well designed agendas in order to implement meaningful change.
By no means is this site designed to glorify and promote victimhood as a legacy foundation in African American life and history. It has become a growing emphasis in African American pedagogy from kindergartens to universities; from Sunday schools to the pulpit not to let African Americans forget the horrors of chattel slavery, black codes, Jim Crow segregation and domestic terrorism in the form of lynchings and prison labor camps. The memories created from these circumstances are indelible and deeply valuable. The history of African American culture and life is too rich and tenured to use one month out of the year to focus on how bad we were treated in America.
According to the eminent historian, Dr. E. E. Thorpe, the central theme of African American history is the quest for freedom and liberation, other words, SURVIVALHOOD not victimhood. This website may highlight many horrible images but the key is to understand through it all African Americans survived. Survival! Survival! Survival! Nothing can stop us.
This is best illustrated from the pen of James Weldon Johnson,