Friday, March 19, 2010

The Black Child's Pledge

A post from the sixties; still relevant? still valuable? What might be changed?
Black Child's Pledge

"I pledge allegiance to my Black People. I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible. I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation. I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters. I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly. I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred. I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong. These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People."


The Black Panther, October 26, 1968
by Shirley Williams

9 comments:

Patrick said...

That's good stuff...still relevant!

Ike said...

Ah man I had totally forgotten about this pledge. No doubt still relevant. NICE post, ASD.

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