Black Men! Can We (Will We) “Occupy” Our Communities Nov. 12?

Posted on October 20, 2011 by


While some are debating as to whether more Black folks should be involved with the “Occupy” movement and activities taking place on Wall Street, across the nation, and around the world, here is an activity that seems to be a no-brainer for Black men. Let’s make November 12th a day that we Occupy Our Communities – the hearts & souls, the minds & imaginations of our children and significant others, our parents, elders and peers – with the beauty, strength and goodness of Black men working to make our communities more beautiful, beneficial and hospitable for all who live within them.

This day of service to our children, our families, our communities, our cities and our country was inspired by Muhammad Ali and a retreat at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky in September 2011 sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement of Open Society Foundations.

Suggestions for actions by Black men in your city on November 12, 2011:

Mentor youth in schools or in communities * Assist and support senior citizens * Work with men in jail, prison or ex-offenders * Clean up a neighborhood of paper, trash, etc * Walk a safety patrol in your community * Take a Young Black Male to Worship on Sunday, November 20, 2011 * Read to children at a local school * Organize a community health walk/run with 5 to 50 people for one mile *  Sponsor a father/daughter date * Organize a father/son car wash to raise money for a charity * Hold a community-wide Voter Registration drive * Organize men taking their children to a museum, park, sporting event, or cultural event * Organize a volunteer team of 4 to 6 men to help at a local hospital, men’s shelter, homeless shelter, recreational or park district facility * Shop at a Black owned store * Design and develop your own direct action.

Individuals and/or organizations in the following locales have already registered to organize activities for this November 12th Occupation: Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Peoria, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; Washington, D.C. And the list is continuing to grow.

(The Black Star Project of Chicago issues this invitation: For assistance with any of the above actions, to request more information or to register the action of the Black men in your city, please call 773.285.9600).

If “Occupy Wall Street” can be organized and executed in 3 days and if the Arab Spring can be launched in 4 days, how many days will it take for Black men to take control of the destiny of Black people in America and around the world?

Just one day!!! Join the November 12th Movement of Black men in action!

Check The Black Star Project web site for additional details: