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Black Community Empowerment Initiative!

We would like to announce the lauch of our latest program initiative, Music is Life geared for African American youth! 

The Community Infusion Program!

I am constantly faced with the fact that not enough is being done to educate and empower our youth. It is a fatal flaw in the thinking of blacks to expect a system designed and constructed by Europeans to address the unique needs of young black children. We must come to an apprehension of the fact that anytime that the survival of a group of people is dependent upon the oppression of another group of people, it will never be in the best interest of that group to help elevate the oppressed group.

Understanding the current dilemma of Black America is imperative to creating a solid foundation on which we can stand and build. It is the lack of self-awareness that has crippled the mobility of blacks. We have lost sight of who we are. When a group of people is unaware of who they are, they will find themselves at the mercy of others to define them. We must comprehend the fact that the mis-education of blacks as a whole is not confined to the public school system. There are mechanisms of mis-education in every aspect of our culture. We find ourselves erroneously defined through the mass media, in news, in music, TV shows and movie theatres.

The problem is that we are not engaging our responsibility to effectively educate our people, especially our children. It is vital that we view our children as our future, and we protect them as vital assets. This means that we must be willing to invest in them — starting with the process of educating them on who they are and what they are capable of.

This is why I have launched a national community initiative to educate our children on African History from an African American perspective. I am currently involved in a number of inner city programs, such as:

Already Active Programs:
1. Talks My father Never Had with Me (Male Mentoring Program ~ Ages 10-24)

2. Identity Infusion Program (Educational program for inner city youth designed to introduce them to a more powerful and affirmative self-image)

3. Promising Parents (A program designed to train and equip black parents on conflict resolution in the home, co-parenting, educating their children holistically, and the importance of black group economics & responsible spending.)

Coming Programs
1. Reverse Propaganda Media Blitz (Focus will be on using propaganda as a tool and weapon to empower blacks and expose the truth, including the use of mobile applications and social sites designed and managed by us, etc)

2. Co-funding the holistic black educational process on a national level through a network process of home schooling and private education specifically for our people!

3. The Development of Alternative teaching modalities for black youth that take into consideration the cultural and environmental situations.

We are not making excuses, we are making progress!.

I will personally teach youth about their heritage, and I will engage their parents on multitudinous levels, including black group economics and the rebuilding of the black family nucleus. I will also be personally mentoring young blacks.

Shortly after arriving in Dallas, I begin working with youth in South Dallas at the Exline Recreation Center. I also worked with youth in East Dallas through the Promising Youth Alliance. I have committed my time to teaching cultural enlightenment courses that are built around understanding the depth of African history for the purpose of building self-awareness that will lead to a more powerful self-image. It is my goal to erase the inferiority complex that is running rampant in the black community.

I am currently reaching out to some community leaders in my hometown of Houston to set up programs there. If I have to commute to Houston to teach them myself, I will do so. It is my ultimate goal to use these initial programs as a pilot and prototype for a national program. Obviously there is a lot of work to be done, but we can no longer be satisfied with discussing the problems and debating the issues. It is time for us to become involved.

The Black Community Empowerment Initiative is the beginning of a progressive process of empowerment. The mis-education of our youth is a serious issue, and this is why I believe it is important to be actively involved. It is time to put boots on the ground. Having worked with these children directly, I have experienced the lack of hope and direction that they suffer from incessantly. I have come face to face with a paradigm that facilitates the acceptance of last-place as our permanent lot in life.

Our youth have not learned to celebrate themselves, because we have not given them anything to celebrate. We must give them more than a glimpse of Malcolm and a watered down version of Martin. We must take them beyond slavery to experience how we once lived as royalty. We must teach them to seek the highest level of existence in their lives. We must show them how to appreciate their own innate genius, instead of being impressed by others. We must challenge them to prepare to compete in an environment that is hostile toward them and win. We will show them how to completely dominate their periphery.

I am asking each of you to enlist in this battle at some level. For those of you who have some way that you can help facilitate these pilot programs in Houston and Dallas, please contact me directly by emailing me at [email redacted]. We also need your financial support for materials and resources, development and more.

Being that I have done this before, I can tell you that we will need things to entice the children to participate. Unfortunately, this will not initially be viewed as a priority in the life of the majority of children in the inner city. The last time around, we used food, meaning that we fed them each week. I think this is a great idea, because proper nutrition is an issue in the inner city as well. I am also open to other ideas.

There comes a time in which a group of people must cease from talking about elevation and empowerment and actually start taking action. All of the posts on Facebook mean absolutely nothing if there is no corresponding action. I believe my latest book will be, by far, the most impacting; however, I believe that it will have an even greater impact if it is released amidst a movement in which we are working to effectively educate our youth.

Please commit to offering your support in this endeavor. I am willing to pour myself into this endeavor; however, I cannot do it alone. I am challenging you to join me. Your support is appreciated. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.

Support the Black Community Empowerment Initiative now!

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Rodrick Wallace
Dallas, TX

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