Black (African) Americans do not have a long-term strategic plan. As an easily identifiable group of over 45 million people--a nation within a nation--Black Americans would be well advised to develop a long-term strategic plan. Such a plan would facilitate better decision-making. Once developed, each important decision could be made within the context of this long-term strategic plan. In this way, Black Americans would not have to continually reinvent the wheel when it comes to making decisions about critical issues; we could simply refer to previous decisions that were made within the long-term strategic plan framework. Such a plan and system for decision-making would help produce forward progress on a variety of fronts--arguably, none more important than Black economics.
A long-term strategic plan should reflect at least three key components: (1) A conceptual framework; (2) an operations plan; and (3) an evaluation plan. As the term implies, the conceptual framework should delineate the contexts, definitions, and scopes of the plan. The operations plan should provide road maps (objective elements) with milestones and timetables for executing the plan. Finally, the evaluation plan should serve as a tool for tracking progress and for updating the plan on a periodic basis.
Build a Long-Term Strategic Plan for Black (African) Americans
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A key ingredient to nation formation is a unifying identity. A component of the Lost Found Nation of Islam has offered the following interesting and informative analysis of identity for Black Americans. They suggest that Black Americans refer to ourselves as "Afrodescendants." See "Our Identity - Why It Is Important."
Proposal: "Developing a Strategic Plan for Black (African) Americans"
Strategic Plan Categories:
History - Delineating Black (African) Americans' Past
Family - Comprehending the "Art" and "Science" of Family
Culture, Language, and Religion - Our Expressions
Health - Producing and Preserving Our Health
Education - Solving the Human Capital Conundrum
Economics and Business - Making Our World
Politics - the Politics of Making Our World
The above categories await your intellectual contributions.
connection with building a long-term strategic plan for Black
Americans, see Essay 3, "Point Zero Nation Formation for Black
Americans" in CHOSEN: Black America's Calling on our "Publications" page.
To review one approach (plan) for initiating basic economic development in Black areas of the US, consider Phase I of the ABAFA (Africans Building Africa for Africans) Plan. Click here.
Contribution by Mr. Darryl Hinton: "Sermon: Black Economics 101" (01/16/13)
In 2006, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held a conference in Gary, Indiana with the purpose of developing a strategic plan. Several papers were prepared in connection with the conference. The late Prof. Ronald Walters invited BlackEconomics.org to comment on the papers. Click here to review the comments. The original papers are available from BlackEconomics.org upon request. Feel free to comment on our comments or to request the aforementioned papers.
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