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    This Master Teacher is but one great teacher that I have the most deepest respect for. I hope that we will have more great teacher like him from our youth. I would like for us to have a closer relationship with Africa as time moves forward and that we find away to be added to the future economics and culture of Africa from whence we came.

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    Frank Simmons

    These words of Dr.John Henrik Clarke must be somehow remembered for our future to be realized. Of course we ae responsible for saving ourselves and our young people must get serious and spend more time and energies on this subject instead of wasting so much interest on “hip hop culture and hedonistic personal pleasure seeking” which will not sustain us nor advance us. When will our children grow up and place their mark upon the world?

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    Mike Green

    Black America is fragmented, disconnected from the language and processes that drive America’s 21st century Innovation Economy and lack the STEM education infrastructure and entrepreneurial networks and resources to produce a pipeline leading to economic empowerment.

    The answer to the question is yes! But …

    We can’t do anything if we refuse to talk about the challenges and opportunities. We start by having the conversation. That requires a willingness to come together (difficult) and then engaging in constructive conversation (equally difficult).

    That entire process requires us to fund our own convening, which heretofore hasn’t happened to any large degree. We depend upon whites to fund our conferences, summits, regional and national meetings, etc. If we can’t see value in our own meetings to discuss relevant issues, then addressing the problem begins with addressing our own reluctance to invest in ourselves.

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    We do have Black folks out there, we just do not have the individual financial resources to bring us together. Those that are interested. I see where Rapper 50 cent wanted to invest in Africa,Tavis S,Dr West, A few on the CBC, have some experience.
    But I know it has to start at home first. I am perplexed.

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    Mike Green

    I have heard many times over that Black Americans lack resources. I have actually said that as well. The problem with that perspective is it ignores the fact that Black Americans are tremendous consumers of trinkets, fashion, cosmetics and entertainment/sports. Our spending power versus investment power is an embarrassing ratio.

    The capacity for Black elite, as well as high-income and middle-income families to fund local and regional meetings, summits, conferences, etc. is not on par with whites, but that doesn’t mean it is nonexistent. Yet, where are the critically important summits, conferences and action plans that move the needle of despair from its downward trend?

    Currently, the nation is engaged in an Innovation Economy with a new language, new paradigm, new processes of job creation and wealth generation. We don’t even TALK about it. We don’t write about it. Our presumed elite are as disconnected as the homeboys in da hood.

    At best, Black folks are an afterthought in white America. After they have convened, strategized, planned and implemented those plans in well-executed phases. We see the results, recognizing we’re missing form the equation and explode in rage. That process is archaic.

    Today, we have little excuse for failing to understand the economic processes around us. The reality of our situation is we simply refuse to pay to play the game. And the pay is an investment in our own knowledge, the knowledge of our children, the capacity of our innovators, the capacity and competitiveness of our institutions of higher education and our capacity to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

    If WE won’t invest in ourselves, how can we expect (and demand) that others do so?

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