I attended the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) last month and am still processing the overwhelmingly high number of distressing statistics and information that was presented. From unprecedented unemployment and foreclosures, unequal application of justice, distorted and stereotypical images that lead to esteem issues, the critical importance of astuteness with technology, the politics of fear, the importance of entrepreneurship for wealth creation, to the guiding and protecting our young folks, the challenges facing people of color far exceed those of white America.
The theme of the CBC was I Lead: I Serve. True service is in finding a need and filling it. The topics presented at the CBC offered many paths of service for anyone who wants to make a difference. Most people have grandiose dreams of being successful and great, but real success comes from being a leader. And, if you want to be a leader, the path is through service, just find a need and fill it. Too much of present day propaganda pushes us toward looking out for self only. But true fulfillment comes from meaningful pursuits, and those usually involve serving others. As the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ” Anybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Although all the topics are worthy of discussion now, it is the sobering plight of our youth that haunts me the most. If you think the adults have it bad, check out my next post about the children whose future is even more dismal if we don’t do something now!