Levers of Power

Power in the “black” community is the combination of competence, cultural consciousness, commitment, and accountability. Competence is the capacity to turn agendas strategically and tactics into effective institution-building. Cultural consciousness the ability to assure that plans match the particular needs, contexts, and historical experiences of one’s own people. Commitment the willingness to discipline yourself to do what needs to be done on behalf of your people. Accountability adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct in your work as determined by the community itself. When most of your would be leaders are financed by white philanthropy all four of the aforementioned principles are difficult to operationalize.


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