Resurrection: the Revival of Black Men has been presented during Black History Month 2013 correlating the experience of the dead army illustrated in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Ezekiel 37. An army of dead men’s bones are scattered across a desert valley landscape and God asks the prophet Ezekiel if the bones can live again. Can the dead army be called from dead conditions back to life? Can they live again?
Ezekiel’s name means God will strengthen. Ezekiel is directed by God to speak to the bones of dead men that they might live again. Can contemporary Black Men living out the dead conditions of poverty, sickness and disease, illiteracy, and prison be called back to life? Are there strategies available to the contemporary resurrection and reconstruction of Black Men living out dead conditions to loving, functional, and productive life? Two are offered; the Ako Kambon Strategy and the New Eden Strategy.
The Ako Kambon Strategy for Black Men
Ako Kambon, President of the Visionary Leaders Institute in Columbus, Ohio, presented the following strategy for Black Development at Wilberforce University in the early 1990’s. His Ezekiel Voice proclaimed the necessity of these four steps.
- 1. Show up. Report early. You have to be alive to show up and be fully present.
- 2. Show up ahead of time of time because showing up on time is too late.
- 3. Show up ahead of time with a developed well thought out plan for personal and group success.
- 4. Show up ahead of time with a developed well thought out plan for success and the commitment to carry it out.
The New Eden Strategy for Black Men
The New Eden Strategy for the resurrection of contemporary Black Men living out dead conditions begins and must be premised upon the foundational declarations of Judaism’s Shema, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; “Islam’s Shahada, “There is no God but God;” Christianity’s Great Commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Black Men living out dead conditions must listen for the Ezekiel voice to engage the New Eden Strategy for Black Men.
- 1. Black Men, we must remember who God is and that you are, we are not God.
- 2. Black Men, we must value ourselves and our existence doing all within our power to care for our spiritual, social, emotional and physical health.
- 3. Black Men, we must be intentional relationship builders with other resurrected warriors at the level of friendship, fellowship, and relationship.
- 4. Black Men, we must organize and conference with other resurrected warriors to develop, design, and define strategy for self – development, family development, community development and how contribution will be made to the nation and world.
As Reconstruction followed the abolition of slavery and the 19th Century Civil War in the United States of America, so must Reconstruction follow the abolition of dysfunctional and non – productive lives of Black Men post resurrection from living out dead conditions in the 21st Century. There is no other path to a more productive present and future.