Merriam-Webster defines the term manifesto as a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.
McGhee’s Manifesto, is intended to do just that – nothing more, nothing less. The term manifesto became pretty relevant in my life while completing my master’s degree. During my Integrative Analysis course, we were given the task of writing a thesis. This project aimed to apply administrative theory and research to practical issues and problems. The professor encouraged us to pick a subject, not only that we liked, but one that we felt very passionate about.
Being a black male, and realizing many of the issues facing this population, I chose research fitting to Black Men & Boys. My project was titled: A Manifesto for Black Boys: Might This Be an Answer to Combat Social Ills and the Plight of the Young Black Male in America?
I enjoyed this project and it enlightened me to many underlying issues facing Black Men & Boys; not only in Flint and Genesee County, but all across the country. For this population, it is no secret that unemployment and incarceration rates are high, educational attainment is low, black on black crime is still prevalent, and many black men are turning away from the responsibility of actively raising their children. However, this project also enlightened me to the many marvelous accomplishments of black males.
So then why a Manifesto? I’m so glad you asked. I believe in the potential of each and every young person in my community – especially young black males. Their success is critical to the well-being of society as a whole. I am a product of ‘the mentoring experience’ as I like to call it. And mentoring, I believe, is one approach to securing our future.
No matter our race, age, background, or religious belief. There comes a time when you must reach back, grab the hand of a young person, and develop a personal manifesto to make a difference in their lives. Though we can’t predict the future, we sure can play a role in creating it. It starts with the youth!
Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today. – Gabriela Mistral
With God, nothing is impossible…