Respect to Revolutionaries
by C.J. Howard
It has been stated by a great revolutionary, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” The thing is, in America, despite a system of compulsory education that places many in history classes, there are very few knowledgeable of the most empowering components of American History or Civics. That lack of knowledge appears in various ways, most evident in our current social and political climate. So in this, as the Leader Ship aims to provide navigation for developing leaders, we make meaning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote and empower you with historical knowledge.
One of the most empowering series of events in American history is that of the great American Revolution, infamous for dismantling a power structure that didn’t work for the people it was supposed to serve, one that had the people serving it. There were many factors that made the not yet Americans want a revolution during the 1760s and 1770s. Most nobly stated in their Declaration of Independence is their want to secure the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Eerily, even though the American Revolution ended in 1783 and was deemed successful, in 2018, many American citizens do not have those rights. Perhaps it speaks to the philosophy, “those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In which, we who are determined to make a change should study the playbook. The Declaration of Independence not only stated why they were leading a revolution, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, but it gave a glimpse into how-- by dissolving the political bands that interfered with those rights being fulfilled.
Respect the revolutionaries.
With that, the call to ReCondition Community continues:
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*Feature photo from https://personaltao.com/changing-world/evolution-revolution/
Summer Institute Week 5 Highlights
Summer Institute Unit 3 (wk 5-6)
Continuing Leadership Targets:
Young leaders will develop a daily schedule to help them execute their co-designed action plans.
Young leaders will practice self-discipline.
Young leaders will cooperate to support each other by offering their gifts and talents (strength areas identified during unit 1 & 2) to support in completion of shared tasks.
Young leaders will ask for and accept support when they identify challenges beyond their own capacity.
Young leaders will be persistent and complete challenge tasks to solve problems.
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