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To ensure future, Black youth must sacrifice today

admin | 11/8/2011, 4:02 a.m.

As thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. this weekend to dedicate the new monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it has caused many of us from the older generation to reflect and think back on those turbulent days of the 1960s. Young Black youth have never all thought alike but back in the day, many were willing to get involved for the cause. Some sided with Dr. Kings and his non-violent protest philosophy. Others who were more radical became card-carrying, flag-burning members of the Black Panthers. And there were scores of other groups in between, including young leaders like Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame Ture) who formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee an organization that played a major role in the sit-ins and freedom rides leading to the 1963 March on Washington. Yes, Black youth made a difference a positive one. As we stand at another crossroad in Miami and throughout the U.S., there is plenty of room for more young people to get involved, to speak out against injustice and to ultimately sit at the table when negotiations occur. We need to invite them to walk with us, to speak out against the imbalance of power and to follow in the protest traditions of our ancestors. Frederick Douglass said, Without a struggle there can be no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Black youth must take their place in the fight for equal rights now.