We are very aware that the majority of our black youth reading materials today are cyber-reading like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, of course, these are not the complete nutrients for the conscientious mind. The Brotherhood of Sincerity fundamental principles is to shine a light on the challenges our community face today. We will continue to outreach our youth and share the importance of reading. Whenever a black child picks up a book of any interest and reads another light bulb shines, meaning his or her awareness of the world begin to cultivate. The curiosity alone will feed their young minds into a mature and respected member of society, and reading alone will open the doors to new experience, adventures and academic success.
In my opinion, our black youth today loves Rap or Hip-Hop in which there’s nothing wrong with music arts, this is simply because they too want to be famous and a star. True parenting should come to play by disciplining their children to read more for a minimum of thirty to one hour a day. The black minds are easily addicted to television its fake fantasies overrules reality, triggering their sense that they too will be just as famous and rich. The book “Message to the Blackman in America” written by Elijah Muhammad said it best:
“We must educate ourselves and our children into the right power of knowledge which has elevated every people who sought and used it. We must give the benefit of our knowledge to the elevation of our own people.”https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/29971.Elijah_Muhammad
Elijah Muhammad did not only care about the black race, but he brought so many convinced illiterate black man into the world of knowledge. Yes, he is a controversial human being at these years of living, but let us look at this way. All action has a reaction. For instance, when a child is physically, emotionally, and spiritually abused for a major part of his/her life, the results can be loud and obstructive. Elijah Muhammad is the results of the 400 years of slavery in America, we as a society created this leader of the Nation of Islam. Elijah Muhammad does speak the truth in many aspects, for all, but regarding the encouragement for the black youth to read in order to prosper in society is true.
Another great leader encourage many blacks to read and his name was Marcus Garvey – Ultimate Collection of Speeches and Poems – In his own words,
“Man is the individual who is able to shape his own character, master his own will, direct his own life and shape his own ends. When God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life, made him a living soul, and bestowed upon him the authority of Lord Creation,” To me every living human being in this plant with capable minds to read and learn from his readings have the ability to understand, shape and change his/her future. Our black youth today do understand the power of free will and decision making, but the consequences are ignored. He later explains how fundamentally is important to read, Use every spare minute you have in reading. If you are going on a journey that would take you an hour carry something with you to read for that hour until you have reached the place. If you are sitting down waiting for somebody, have something in your pocket to read until the person comes. Don’t waste time. Any time you think you have to waste put it in reading something. Carry with you a small pocket dictionary and study words whilst waiting or traveling, or a small pocket volume on some particular subject. Read through at least one book every week separate and distinct from your newspapers and journals. It will mean that at the end of one year you will have read fifty-two different subjects. After five years you will have read over two hundred and fifty books. You may be considered then a well-read man or a well-read woman and there will be a great difference between you and the person who has not read one book. You will be considered intelligent and the other person is considered ignorant. You and that person, therefore, will be living in two different worlds; one the world of ignorance and the other the world of intelligence. Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carry the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.“
He dedicated the majority of his life in the construction of empowerment for the Black people just in America but around the world. He understood that education was the key to free the minds of the suppressed, so in his book, he encourages many times over the importance and benefits for reading. This is more evidence why our black youth should read more, continuous reading has proved to be the best gateway in increasing their chances for an improved life. They must read more of anything and everything on a daily basis just to escape their current failed financial or economic traps. They must read to be an example of a true gentleman the words mistakenly view a black man. Instead of dreaming of becoming a Television personality or an entertainer, just pick up a book of interest and read.
There are countless historical leaders who have shaken our world with poetic words for the sole purpose of peace. Mr. King knew that traditional education combined with self-education (reading and research) he would win the minds and American realization by bringing the mass policy back to self and soul evaluation. Martin Luther King Jr. used words to captivate his audience, not just the African American community but all races and cultures. Mr. King understood the power of reading he diversified himself on all subjects in which impacts all Americans and its laws. He used reading as a form of research to educate the public and motivate them to a much more perfect nation for all Americans. The year of 1947 Mr. King expresses in his Memorandum “Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College Student Newspaper he states the power of education,
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only the power of concentration but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.”https://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/thepurposeofeducation.htm
The black community needs to embrace reading because of the adventurous journey it provides. Many in the black community do not have the luxury to go on vacations and expose their children to new mindsets, or cultures or exotic foods. Reading a book will take their young minds to different parts of the world, fly the universe, go into the abyss under the oceans, you can be in the past, present, or future. Literally, you can live a thousand lives during or be a superhero.
We should discipline our black youth to always be hungry to learn new things, train their young brains that continuous reading is normal Their awareness in the world and how it functions will be enhanced improve to the ability of better employment and decision-making skills. My memory bank has improved, I can remember more things and relate what I read to the current situation or events. Black youth today needs to keep their brain active and engaged in whatever they enjoy reading.
When reading, we can focus closely on the characters you like in the book. Try to understand how the author develops the main characters and what choices they make or what direction that character will go. This is a positive distraction for our black youth a way for them to distance themselves from everyday stress, putting your mind and body at ease. Losing yourself in a great story can be a perfect escape to a new world of endless information.
-Brotherhood of Sincerity