Black Americans do not have a long-term strategic plan (LTSP) for our future. As an easily identifiable group of nearly 50 million people—a nation within a nation—Black Americans are well advised to develop an LTSP. Such a plan would facilitate better decision-making. Once developed, each important decision could be made within the context of the LTSP. In this way, Black Americans would not 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 LTSP framework. This plan and system for decision-making would help produce forward progress on a variety of fronts—arguably, none more important than Black economics.
An LTSP should reflect at least three key components: (1) A conceptual framework; (2) an operational plan; and (3) an evaluation plan. As the term implies, the conceptual framework should delineate the contexts, definitions, and scope of the plan. The operational 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.
Listen [2,177 KB; HMLTSP.wma] to what notable poet, activist, editor, educator, and entrepreneur, Haki R. Madhubuti of Third World Press fame, said about a plan for Black Americans in the 1970s. It remains true today.
This page serves as a starting point impetus for LTSP development for Black Americans.
Proposal: “Developing a Strategic Plan for Black (African) Americans” (124 KB) [PROPOSAL-LTSP.pdf]
Strategic Plan Components for which Comments are Welcomed:
- History – Delineating Black Americans’ Past (41 KB) [HISTORY.pdf]
- Family – Comprehending the “Art” and “Science” of Family (78 KB) [FAMILY.pdf]
- Culture, Language, and Religion – Our Expressions (77 KB) [EXPRESSIONS.pdf]
- Health – Producing and Preserving Our Health (104 KB) [HEALTH.pdf]
- Education – Solving the Human Capital Conundrum (123 KB) [SEC.pdf]
- Economics and Business – Making Our World (97 KB) [MOW.pdf]
- Politics – The Politics of Making Our World (78 KB) [TPOBA.pdf]
Also, you are invited to review Essay 3, “Point Zero Nation Formation for Black Americans” in CHOSEN: BLACK AMERICA’S CALLING.