African Cultural Calendar blog

It is Possible!

We can recover our lives. We can take care of ourselves and be the people our ancestors want us to be. Like Marcus Garvey, we believe that it is possible for Africans at home and a broad to, once again, be whole.

What does it mean to be whole? What is our vision of victory? After we have banished the enemy and laid down our shields and spears. What does community, society, pan-African places look like? If we were not fighting racism, protesting again our oppression and begging the enemy for acceptance, how would we shape the world in our image? How and where would we stand? Garvey knew our history and therefore understood our potential. We were once great he said and we can be great again. Yes, we can!

Our victory will make us a full people but what will it take? What will it cost? Can we still build even though so much has been lost? Can we still continue even though it has been almost a hundred afriyears since Garvey? Is it enough just to teach our history? Is it enough just to look upon our great deeds in the pages of time? Which is it that counts: the preaching or the practicing, the remembering or the acting? Our victory has to be built, constructed with our actions and we are fortunate because the foundation, our place to stand, is still there. ...

Our victory has to be built upon our history. Remembering that we were once great is the starting point to construct our better tomorrow. That knowledge, those deeds have to be the foundation upon which we built. What will it take? What will it cost? What sacrifice do we need to make? Since the year of the push and pull, we have sacrificed much and the storm has yet to pass. The ancestors have fought so that even in this time, we can still remember our greatness and have a place to stand. For us, the path ahead is easier than the road the ancestors have travelled. Victory could be ours; we can be whole again. We can be a great people but only if we build on our own foundation.

Standing on our foundation requires sacrifice. It requires that we put who we are and standing on our foundation above everything else. We will sacrifice the idea that our enemies will do for us what we won’t do for ourselves. We will replace it with the knowledge that we can build a world for us, we can look after ourselves, we can stand on our own feet. Somewhere along the path, somehow, our enemies have fed us the idea that we need to build a better world for everybody. That is not our responsibility and it should not be our objective. The enemies have already shown us that the best world for them is a world where we are their property; where they are the masters and we are their slaves. That is the world our ancestors tore down; let’s not re-build it. Let’s build a world for us, a world that stands on the foundation that the ancestors laid.

If you are one of us, we say to you, it is possible to be whole again but it requires sacrifice and above all courage.
Afriblog: Garvey 12, 502 otd.