Fifty-Five Positive Steps Black People Can Take to Preserve Themselves Into the 21st Century (Google eBook)

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iUniverse, Mar 23, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 140 pages
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The American black is a unique individual, with a unique past and history that needs to be preserved.

The American black is not a saint; neither is he a ghost. But he is flesh and blood, a human being that needs to be respected and treated fairly. But the treatment must first come through the manner in which the American black presents himself or herself to the world.

Fifty-Five Positive Steps Black People Can Take to Preserve Themselves into the 21st Century provides psychological, physical and spiritual suggestions on how American blacks can empower themselves and therefore empower the race, through one another.

Always with an eye on history and a hope for communal unity of some kind,

Fifty-Five Steps

encourages American black people to do two things: to remember their past, where they come from, always; and to become well rounded people where they are now. And the two concepts are not mutually exclusive. Blacks can be all that they can be, love themselves and their history pridefully and still exist in the climate of modern America.

Lastly, Fifty-Five Steps was written in reaction to a growing belief that "blackness" is dead or dying, that black Americans have been absorbed or assimilated. On the contrary, Fifty-Five Steps asks the black readers to love one another and to come together in a final stand for the integrity of essential blackness.

  

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Contents

55 Forgive Yourself
1
54 Forgive Others
3
53 Learn And Understand Humility
5
52 Respect Yourself
7
51 Love Yourself
9
50 Acquire A World View
11
49 Trust Other Black People
13
48 Stay Fit
17
26 Read Some Black Literature
65
25 View Some Classic Black Cinema
67
24 Review Some Statistics Of Modern African American Life
69
23 Read Martin Luther King Jrs I Have a Dream Speech Over Again
71
22 Review The History Of Slavery And The Civil War
77
21 Get To Know Your Childrens Friends
81
20 Befriend Neighborhood Kids
83
19 Volunteer Your Time Somewhere Challenging
87

47 Reduce Television Time
19
46 Eat Healthier
21
45 Laugh More
23
44 Diversify Your Circle Of Friends
25
43 Read More
27
42 Think More
31
41 Dream
33
40 Fast
35
39 Communicate More With Family
37
38 Take Some Classes
41
37 Dedicate Yourself To Your Child
43
36 Attach Yourself To A Charity
45
35 Do Something To Better Race Relations
47
34 Increase Your Knowledge Of History
49
33 Travel A Short Distance From Home
51
32 Travel A Long Distance From Home
53
31 Save Money
55
30 Write Letters Instead Of Using Email
57
29 Write a Letter To Your Congressman
59
28 Walk The Halls Of Your Old High School
61
27 Walk the Grounds Of Your Old College Or University
63
18 Take On A Physical Challenge
89
17 Take On A Mental Challenge
91
16 Meet A Black College Professor
93
15 Meet A Black Journalist Or Writer
95
14 Attend A Church Service
97
13 Meet A Black Minister
101
12 Smile More
103
11 Matter
105
10 Mix It Up
107
9 Love
109
8 Listen
111
7 Hope
113
6 Work
115
5 Rest
117
4 Worship
119
3 Believe
123
2 Have Faith
125
1 Discover Your Reason For Living
127
Back Cover
131
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