Black Men Lead
Black Men Lead Vision
The Black Men Lead movement was birthed from a desire to inspire black men to abandon their natural proclivity to compete with one another in lieu of standing together in unity. One of the greatest impediments moving against black progression is the lack of black male leadership. Somewhere along the way, black men chose to abdicate their roles as leaders, providers, protectors and coverings for those in their homes and communities. Self-aggrandizement became the new order of the day, and the finger pointing began.
My vision for blacks as a collective group is the realization of our true potential, and that begins with the elevation and empowerment of our men. I have often said that the spiritual nature of our women can provide the altitude we need, but only our men can provide the compulsion necessary to move us forward. We can only get as high as our women can lift us, and we will only get as far as our men can lead us.
The Black Men Lead initiative should be seen as a resourced challenge to black men to stand up and behave like black men, leaving the childish behavior that lacks intrinsic value behind. It is both, a right of passage program for our Black male youth and a clarion call for out adult men. When I say resourced, I mean that we are not simply challenging black men to step up, we are going to provide them with the resources and guidance necessary to do it. It starts at the top and then it becomes infectious, spreading to all who are within our periphery.
We must adopt a mindset of leading with our life more than we lead with our words. My mother once told me that I would never have to defend myself when I allowed the life that I lived to speak for me. That is how black men must lead. We must lead through the lives we live, and that is my vision — a nation of black men who are leading through the lives they live. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.
Black Men Lead Mission Statement
The mission of Black Men Lead is to systematically engage the enigmatic issues that are plaguing the relationships between black men in order to free them to live and function in their design and purpose. We will confront those issues that create stagnancy and the lack of progress, such as lack of purpose, the need to compete with other black men, inferiority complex, the lack of understanding black male responsibility and the need to interpolate courage where fear has run rampant — beginning through our rite of passage program.
We will use a national network to effectively engage men, and young boys, on every level. We will use all marketing and communications mediums available to us to propagate a message of elevation and empowerment. We will create an environment in which mediocrity will be unacceptable and greatness will expected!
In the Black Men Lead program will address many issues, including:
- Addressing the Identity Crisis that has plagued us for generations
- Integrating proper racial socialization
- Developing a desire to lead and protect our women and children
- Addressing environmental challenges and peer influences
- Dealing with the fears and anxieties that most are afraid or ashamed to discuss
- Developing and understanding that nothing is greater than purpose & destiny
- Acknowledge that there are obstacles and challenges, but we are built for them
- Address fears and concerns
- Explain and emphasize the dangers of drug use and the destruction it causes
- Confront the proclivity for violence (Explaining the rise in aggression during adolescence and beyond — revealing that this aggression that is a response to a rise in testosterone levels is actually preparing them to be protectors of their communities — not destroyers.
- Setting High Expectations
- The standards have been set too low. We will raise the demands and the expectations for our male youth.
- Teaching them that they can not only prosper in this hostile environment, but that they can thrive in it, win in it, dominate in it…
- Instill the proper attitude and mindset as it pertains to money and the building of generational wealth
- Emphasizing the importance of developing the ability to effectively communicate, and how it will open doors for them
- Highlighting the power of an intelligent mind
- Clarifying the Possession of Power
- Teaching them that they are always in control of their destiny, because they control their decisions
- Focusing on the importance of developing the capacity to control their emotions and passions, and not allowing these forces to control them
- That women are the greatest test of their manhood, in more ways than one, and they must be up to the test
- How to maintain control over sexual compulsions that could place them in unfavorable positions
- Teaching Them That They are In Charge of Their Lives
- Stop looking outside of themselves for validation and acceptance
- The principles of internal and external authority
- Leaving the quitter behind
- Recognizing the Enemy
- How to understand the environment and surroundings they are operating in — being diligent to examine all who they encounter
- Defining the parameters of friend and foe — stop judging based on emotion and feelings
- Understand and respect differences in cultures, while always honoring and protecting your own
- The Foundation of Faith
- Developing a strong moral and ethical code
- Understanding that change is inevitable and they are built to adapt and dominate, despite the vicissitudes and changes that are sure to come
- Die on “E”