ERIC Number: ED285939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Physician, Heal Thyself: A Prescription for the Recovery of the African-American Community.
Gaston, John C.
Blacks have spent much time and energy "filling other people's pockets" (as Margaret Walker has said) but have not addressed the needs of their own community. Black communities are in a state of deterioration for which the treatment must be self-help. In this paper the example of an unhealthy organism is used as a metaphor for prescribing a cure for the ills of the black community. The suggested remedies are educational improvements and economic development generated from inside the community. Curing the educational crisis will require: (1) courses on black history; (2) the use of church activities as a base to teach, develop skills, and engender self-confidence; and (3) the fusing of education with social activities which include African-American history as part of their agenda and which use creative approaches for presenting the material, including multi-media presentations and awards. Poor personal spending habits have caused the erosion of the economic base in the black community. To insure the stabilization and growth of the community, persons who receive their income from the community must be residents of it and those who profit from the community must reinvest 10 percent of their profits back into it. The integration of business and professional persons into the community will result in better police protection, a lower crime rate, and more quality housing, as well as providing role models and work opportunities for youth. (VM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on the Black Family in America (14th, Louisville, KY, March, 1987).