Brother Keita ... this is beautiful ... Thank You! ...Keita said:I regret not being able to be here for these occasions and interviews. Everyday I look for elders on the bus or on the streets as I'm moving around or going to work so that I can speak with them. There are things about our elders...aka Ancestors that must never be forgotten and always respected.
1. Many of them were not able to do what we do, to know what we know or to have the opportunities that a lot of us take for granted.
2. Regardless of that, all of them in their heart lived with the hope that their children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, would know more than they knew, do more than they did and have more than they had.
3. They, like us today, were victims of white supremacy and very often more overt or physical....not to forget the mental and emotional also....and yet they did the best they could based upon and despite their conditioning, their struggles and their lack to do any better. In fact, they must be praised for doing a more SUPERIOR job with less than many do today with the MORE that they have at their disposal.
4. More than anything, they remember when our people WERE REALLY OUR PEOPLE...a time of integrity, brotherly and sisterly love....when we respected our parents and elders and each other...a time when we really knew who our enemy was and were not consciously trying to be like them. A time when we still had values and dignity within ourselves and our communities....a time when we loved ourselves and those who looked like us.
5. They are the reason we are are here and it is their backs and shoulders that we stand upon...for within them lies a SPIRIT and essence of who we are that many of us have lost or know nothing about...a spirit that we are now fighting to recover and instill within our children to stop and prevent the mental and physical death that now plagues them and us as a people.
Destee...this was brilliant of you!!!
I will surely be there. I came here just in time.Destee, you are the bomb!Destee said:BRAND NEW ELDER INTERVIEW ... ... SUNDAY @ 8 pm ET !!!! ...
Mr. Neely Fuller, Jr. will be our Elder Interview-eeeee ... ...
We have had the pleasure of Mr. Fuller joining us on several different occasions, but this time, it will be different. In the past, he's spoke primarily on racism / white supremacy, how we can overcome it, his book, etc.
Well ... this time ... drum roll please ... :drums: ... he'll be telling us about his life, how things were when he grew up, etc !!!!
I know you don't want to miss this ... so don't be late !!!
Mr. Fuller ... New Elder Interview ... Sunday @ 8 pm ET! ... www.destee.com/chat ...
See you there!
Oh ... by the way ... Mr. Fuller is 76 years old, if no mistake.
a few weeks ago i visited my sole surviving grandma in cali who is 89 and close to passing. i never asked her questions about the past just always listen to what she chooses to share. i moved back home to be closer to her and my other elder relatives and if i sell my home in texas i plan on devoting greater effort in spending more time with them and listening to their stories and documenting much as possible. i dont think any are ready to be formally interviewd but that may change in time.MetaSaience said:Beautiful Destee! Beautiful Goddess Auset333!! I'm so glad finally someone has picked up on this vision. I've been hearing the Ancestors screaming at us about this idea for a long time. This is the core reason why I am studying Videocasting now, as well as DVD authoring.
For some reason, the Elders love talking to me. I don't know what it is. For the time I was a child, Elders always shared things with me they would never tell other children. Even now.
Here in Atlanta, we have a wealth of Elders who walked with Dr. King, some who "protected" Malcolm. I talk to these Elders all the time. And I'm thinking to myself, now why isn't anyone interviewing these Men and Women who were actually there?? I figured, fate wanted me to be the one to do it. Because, this is the honest truth. Some of these Elders have very valuable information that they won't tell anyone BUT us.
Just today, I spoke with a Gentlemen who wanted to reproduce some of the old newspapers he had. I was busy with another project, and I was going to tell him maybe next week. But I felt something, something told me- no-no-no. This is an Elder who paved a way for many of us here today. Guess what.
I checked the newspapers he had. He has been collecting a black newspaper published back in july 15, 1936. I will try to get a copy from him later. I was shocked that some of the material discussed in the paper, could be read right off this very forum. As if time hasn't moved an inch for Black folks since 1936.
There was an article in it that said Blacks shouldn't buy from businesses that don't hire them. I said to myself, we are going through this same thing right now! Still!
Our greatest sin as a nation, I've always said is that we have lost touch with our Elders. We need to improve that relationship. They have allot to teach us, and most of them are at the age where they love to talk, and we need to learn to love to listen. I love to listen to the Elders.
This is big. This is needed. No backing down. Let's do it. Action, Action, Action.
grandma passed and im ready to move back home to texas...omowalejabali said:a few weeks ago i visited my sole surviving grandma in cali who is 89 and close to passing. i never asked her questions about the past just always listen to what she chooses to share. i moved back home to be closer to her and my other elder relatives and if i sell my home in texas i plan on devoting greater effort in spending more time with them and listening to their stories and documenting much as possible. i dont think any are ready to be formally interviewd but that may change in time.