Categories Menu

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in About Blackacre, Attire and Appearance, Blackacre, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment, Family and Children, Leadership, Parenting, Personal Motivation, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, Self Improvement, social welfare, Socio Economics | 28 comments

The Call to Duty

Let us be clear from the very onset. This is a call to African-Americans males; a request that carries significant effort and great personal sacrifice. It is an appeal to do, be and realize more; to achieve greater; to exceed expectations. In particular, Blackacre calls upon black men to individually and collectively step up to the plate and lead our brethren, families and communities. Rather than demand the reigns of leadership, we ask that we first earn the right to guide and influence. And lastly, we appeal to black men that we lead, not by words but by action, deed and example.

The reasons for this request are substantial and compelling. First, the African-American community is beset by challenges that are greater than serious. Problems like poverty, homelessness, lawlessness, misguided youth, shattered families and a subculture that is anything but nurturing threatens our tomorrows. And while said trials affect all of society, the negative impact upon black men, women and children are undeniable.

Take for example education. An October 1, 2014 article in the Dallas Morning News entitled, “As Affluent Spend More on Kids’ Education, Wealth Gap Widens” reveals the depths of our problems. According to the article, “the wealthy are doubling down on the education of their children. Consequently, children of affluent parents score 125 points higher on SATs than those from poorer homes, up from a gap of 90 points during the 1980’s.”

It therefore seems clear that those who excel in school will succeed monetarily and politically. Those who fail in school either because their parents will not or can not invest in their education will tend to fail financially and socially.

Or consider the issues of image and persona. Whether right or wrong, black men are branded as violent, narcissistic criminals. Those who fit this profile dominate the public eye. A recent Oprah Winfrey telecast for example, featured a young black male who has fathered 32 children by 6 or 7 women.

Ironically Black men who practice responsible personal behavior are neither noticed nor featured on T. V. Taking a leadership role cannot help but enhance an image bruised and besmirched by negative stereotypes.

Next, African-American men must halt the internecine warfare that decimates the black community, a war that is primarily fought by black males against other black males. Putting an end to the killing should be one of our prime directives.

Blackacre fully realizes the gravity of what we are asking. Leadership is anything but easy. African-American males will be blamed and vilified; thrown under the bus for the mere attempt to do what is right. We will then be scolded for how we got run over. We will know disappointment at every turn and even should we succeed few will say well done. Strong bitter winds will surely blow our way.

But we should lead nevertheless. It is our responsibility, to educate, mentor and direct other black men; to persuade them to be at their best; to look and act like the model citizens they are meant to be. The importance of image and appearance cannot be overstated. It is therefore up to us to teach our young a better way and the power of a clean professional appearance.

It is black men who must end the scourge of domestic violence not because we are the perpetrators thereof but because we are morally obligated to respect our women and support our families. It is our duty to reincorporate the formerly incarcerated back into society. It is our mandate to volunteer in our churches, schools, Little League teams and neighborhood watch groups. It is we who must share our gifts, talents, and perspectives with the world. And it is ours to make a positive difference in our communities, when ever and how ever we can.

For too long we have abdicated our responsibilities to others. For too long we have beseeched the government, business, the media, the church, our women, Democrats and Republicans; any one and every one to do that which we should do. No more.

It is past time that we realized our fortitude, accepted our responsibilities and met our obligations. African-American men have been historically put upon not because we are weak but because we are strong.

As a group, we carry centuries of guilt, shame and anger over a horrid past that we were unable to prevent. We carry additional angst over that which is occurring now, the mass incarceration of our children and the black on black crime which we also seem powerless to stop. These problems can not and will not be solved absent the involvement of black men who demonstrate their masculinity by leading from a place of love and reconciliation rather than entitlement and arrogance.

Fortunately, there is no obligation to be perfect. Only that we honestly endeavor to Sheppard our community to a better tomorrow.

In summation, we lead because we can, we lead because we must. The book “The Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner defines our mission. African-American men must model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart of each and every person we encounter. We can no more ignore this responsibility than deny our gender.

Leo Barron Hicks, Founder and CEO
Blackacre Policy Forum


  1. 714575 477714It is difficult to get knowledgeable folks with this subject, but the truth is could be seen as do you know what you are referring to! Thanks 228143

    • You are welcome.

  2. 110154 921810The next time Someone said a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me just as a lot as this. Come on, man, I know it was my choice to read, but When i thought youd have some thing intriguing to say. All I hear is truly a handful of whining about something you could fix within the event you werent too busy searching for attention. 771703

    • Interesting comment. Please advise how calling on African American males to accept their responsibilities is whining? I do however appreciate your feedback and welcome any suggestions you would care to offer.

  3. 341487 42467I actually like reading by means of and I believe this site got some genuinely utilitarian stuff on it! . 824659

    • Thanks.

  4. 181750 439513you use a wonderful weblog here! do you wish to have the invite posts in my small weblog? 482463

    • Yes.

  5. 994309 771290I found your weblog site on google and check a couple of of your early posts. Proceed to maintain up the superb operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. In search of forward to reading extra from you later on!

    • I’m glad you checked out some earlier post. And believe me we plan to do more.

    • You are welcome.

  6. You are so welcome.

  7. Leo,
    This is one of “THE BEST” articles that you have done! The message is specific, well delivered and identifies the future actions that can and could have the desired impact we all are seeking. The improvement of the quality of life for African Americans. “Can” for those who will take the appropriate actions and “Could” for those who are considering taking some action but are unsure of what to do to bring about a change in our community and culture! You are on TRACT!!!! Thank you for this message of LOVE!

    • Thanks Pat. There is no problem so severe that it cannot be cured by love.

    • A person necessarily lend a hand to make critically articles I’d state.

      This is the very first time I frequented your
      website page and to this point? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this particular publish amazing.
      Fantastic job!

    • Thank you so much. Keep watching and share it with your friends.

    • Thanks designed for sharing such a good thinking, article is pleasant,
      thats why i have read it completely

    • Thanks a lot.

    • With havin so much content do you ever run into any
      issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog
      has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like
      a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement.
      Do you know any solutions to help prevent content
      from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    • There be no practical way to keep your content from being stolen. As a general rule, whatever is posted on the internet is within the public domain. As such anyone can use it. The only cure for plagiarism is to call out the offending party, but this remedy is cold comfort.

      If you have intellectual property rights to the content you can sue for breach thereof, but this is also a poor option. Law suits cost time and money and the outcome is often unpredictable and Pyrrhic even if you win.

      The best option may be to change your attitude about the situation. When you see something that is stolen, take advantage of it by pointing out the source of the content – you. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    • It is in reality a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m satisfied that you shared this useful info with us.
      Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for

    • You are welcome.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *