The overwhelming majority of the Black communities over the year 2010 have a lot to be thankful for. There are periods of time that we forget that true richness is not based on materialism, but rather on that which money can’t buy, namely health, happiness and a loving family. Sometimes we forget that living and dying are intertwined. A friend of mine was distraught with pains of sorrow because his mother, who lived until she was 93 years of age, died. I reminded him that the Master stated that He would grant us three score plus 10, which equals 70. Momma lived 23 years passed that, so you should be thankful for the longevity and goodness of her life. 


We should be thankful for the astounding number of our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and those youth we do not even know, that have been so positive with their lives. We should be thankful for those positive role models in our lives such as daddy, mother, uncle, aunt, grandparents, stepparents and even a Black president. We definitely need to be thankful that a Black newspaper, the New Pittsburgh Courier has existed for 100 years.

Christmas must become in our lives what it used to represent. We have made Christmas a day that we go overboard buying those items we really can’t afford. We very rarely equate the birth of Christ with Christmas. For the merchants it erases the red on their books. They have sales everyday. Stores stay open on Christmas Eve until 10 p.m. The gas and electricity must wait, because it is Christmas time.

Christmas time is a double blessing for me: (1) It reminds me that Christ was born in a stable not because there was no room in the hotel, but to signify the importance of HUMILITY. (2) My entire family gathers and that is inclusive of family members that are not biological.

New Year’s, 2011 must become the year that you and I will resolve to make the positive changes that must take place if we are going to become truly what our fore parents died for. We must begin to buy the New Pittsburgh Courier in record numbers and not just, when your event is covered.

We must establish a Black voice of truth on the radio. We must understand that foundation money is only a partial answer. The absolute answer lies in our hearts, minds, and commitment. The time is long overdue for us to not continue to point fingers but begin to live by that statement: “Let it begin with me.”

Please remember the Kingsley Association.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)

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