Do you believe that Black people should better utilize more of our $900 billion-plus annual aggregate income to start and grow businesses? Do you believe Black people should share our information and experience with one another to build a brighter future for our children? If your answers are “yes,” join thousands of others in the Black Unity Movement.
The mission of the Unity Movement is to unite, educate, and economically empower Black people nationwide. Its goal is to unite a minimum of 2 million people who represent that enormous buying power and intellectual capacity, which will be used to open new businesses, create more jobs, educate our youth, and move billions of dollars into Black-owned banks.
Provides a foundation
The brainchild of Mike Moore of Cincinnati, the Unity Movement will provide a foundation of knowledge, contacts, and power from which Black people can move collectively toward the realization of the tremendous potential within our ranks.
The Unity Movement, in conjunction with other such initiatives across the country, will create opportunities for Black people to leverage our intellectual resources as well as our financial resources to gain reciprocity in the marketplace, and provide an additional network of like-minded folks who are willing to share and work together toward a common goal.
Our children need to see us, the adults, acting in concert with one another and doing what we want them to do as they grow older. They need to see us connected and responding unselfishly to the demands of this world, especially when it comes to sharing, collaborating, and being willing to help one another.
Keys to survival
Since the Million Man March in October 1995, I have participated and helped establish several initiatives whose purpose was to empower our people. All but a couple of those initiatives eventually faded away because we simply did not sustain them.
Support and sustainability are keys to the survival of any movement. We must bring the commitment and dedication to support it and do whatever it takes to sustain it as well. The Unity Movement is certainly worth our commitment and participation. Just go to the website, www.myunitymovement.com, and add your information. We must have critical mass, and Mike Moore has determined that number to be 2 million.
Let’s not get hung up on the usual things that keep us from supporting something that someone other than “I” brought forth. With all the problems facing Black folks around the world, there are never enough answers, and there is definitely not just one answer. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “My thing is better is than his thing,” or “My thing was here first,” or “I was doing that years ago.” That’s a prescription for continued failure.
A little more love, trust, and respect for one another will bring the unity we need to move forward. Contact the Unity Movement at 1-888-93-UNITY.
James E. Clingman is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati’s African American Studies Department.