“Children are ultimately born to the community because they will influence the nature of the community. If the children that are born in the community are self-hating, have problems with their identity, or self-controlled or destructive and so forth, you will see a community that will fall apart, a community that is at odds with itself, a community that is divided, a community that—by its very nature—will continue to destroy other children and other people. The greatest gift that a parent can give to a community is the gift of beautiful, healthy children; well-behaved children, children who know themselves, who have a firm identity and so forth, children who are able to love healthily and love in a righteous type of manner.”
– Dr. Amos Wilson
There are certain scholars whose lectures I find myself listening to on a daily basis. With the amount of trash that’s being fed daily via the web, radio, and television, it’s always a relief to come across someone whose information is rooted in history as well as spiritual upliftment. And Dr. Amos Wilson’s work has acted as the primary catalyst for just that.
Dr. Wilson was an African American Psychologist, Social Theorist, and Pan-Africanist. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse University, mastered at The New School for Social Research, and Ph.D. from Fordham University. He worked as a psychologist, social caseworker, supervising probation officer and a training administrator in the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, and taught at the City University of New York and the College of New Rochelle.
I wanted to share one of my favorite lectures of his with you all. The message centers around the relationship between black men and black women, highlighting the social and political setbacks that cause friction within our community. If you’d like to discuss any of the points made, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…
Amos N. Wilson. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2018, from https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=Amos N. Wilson