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Saturday, September 14, 2013
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The Congress of African Peoples as implemented in Sacramento arose out of the belief that it was important to connect the findings of Black scholars with our practice in the community. If, for example, scholars had discovered that the wheel had been invented, it was a total waste to start at zero and try to invent it. It is important to use what we already know, to pick up the wheel, put it on what we want to move, and carry on.

In Black politics, Black scholars had conclusively confirmed that: (1) Black people all over the world crave unity, they want to come together as a united people; (2) They have tried that many times, in many places, and every time, when they try to initiate an action program, the program fails and the effort falls apart. Black people are too diverse - globally, nationally, and locally - for unified action to be a feasible approach. Nevertheless, Black people can benefit, from coming together with all their variety, on a regular basis, to share information and perspectives. In such a setting, they don't have to agree on a unified approach. Indeed, they don't have to agree on anything except meeting, yet they can benefit from the information they gain, from exposure to a wide range of perspectives, and they can find people with whom, in another setting, they CAN agree on goals and objectives, and engage in productive work. The key is consistency: meeting on a regular basis, and not attempting action-oriented efforts that not only will fail (the scholarship tells us that), but that also will tear the community of engagement apart. from Dr. David Covin, Founder

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