The rumors circulating that two of the oldest and most prestigious civil rights organizations are going through a crisis of leadership have not yet been explained as of the writing of this column. We lost the St. Paul Urban League three years ago. Now Scott Gray has abruptly left the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL). Why? Continue Reading →
Black ‘leaders’ work on a plan to reduce crime, but will the community be left out again?
“Leadership’s” annual empty rite for summer begins: “planning” for community summer safety, with the opposite of “community” in play, claiming the solution demands more money for planning and planners, leaving little for community people and streets, betraying Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of involved community. Continue Reading →
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Out in the community, at meetings, in the media, or while talking with others, think of all the people that you come across who criticize Black organizations and/or Black leaders. Often, the ones who talk the most, write the most, or sing the most lack the knowledge needed to define leadership proclivities. I am going to ask you to listen to those who criticize Black leaders followed by asking the question: What makes an effective Black leader? The truth is that many Blacks who openly criticize Black organizations and their leaders have achieved no real leadership status themselves. The ones who criticize become literate at nothing more than the art of hype and destruction. Continue Reading →