(Where I Stand) Week 4 - Bridging the Gap
Of what use is talk if it yields no action? Of what use is action if it yields no change? And the only kind of change we generally appreciate is the kind that makes us better. Throughout the month of May we’ve been at it with the Rise Africa Jely Pals Diaspora Series, and its been tremendous. After three weeks discussing the problems, tensions and our identity, the ultimate line of action is to reconnect African continent and its Diaspora.
“What are some ways in which we can build the bridge between Africans and Africans in diaspora?”
There are a ton of responses to this question and we’re going to find them; discussing strategies, policies, efforts, ideals, etc. We cannot leave 3 weeks of reflections hanging. We can’t talk-talk-talk about our stuggles and just tensions and walk away. Lets fix this- together, in our own individual ways. These are issues we face, and I have no doubt that we have the answers- from opinions as unanimous as better education, to the ides as debated as the “United States of Africa”.
This passing weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the African Union, and the focus was on African Unity- falling right in line with our series. Coincidence? Or better still, providence. It’s all about building that bridge for unity. Remember, the whole point of talk is to bring about change that leaves us all better off.