I have a dream
that one day…
all Black people regardless of land, label, gender, religion, ideology or language
will work together on areas of common interest.
I have a dream that we will transcend all artificial labels externally and internally imposed
I have a dream today
that Black people will use our collective resources: knowledge, money, talent and labor, to advance and uplift ourselves
rather than those who persecute and exploit us
I have a dream that in the name of progress and liberation,
Black people will conquer the internal demons
of vanity, egotism, self-hate, and self-righteousness that plague our communities today.
I have a dream that Black Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists and all others will recognize that our faith and moral systems, despite myriad differences
all agree on the virtues of peace, justice and service to others
I have a dream that we will experience a paradigm shift of priorities, among them being Black solidarity
an education that prepares our children to solve problems and assume leadership in our communities and throughout the world
and a tendency to put our own concerns, issues and people first and foremost
I have a dream that one day we will regard our own leaders, theorists and pioneers with the same and even more reverence than those outside of our culture
and that our recording artists will not just reflect what society is, but what society could and should be for the sake of our impressionable children
This is my prayer and vision – that we as people will strive for excellence overcome internal and external obstacles, organize to liberate ourselves
and make our ancestors proud without reservation or apology….
Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at email@example.com.