by Joseph Omoremi
CHICAGO -Black professionals have been asked to take advantage of the struggle they face in the country to think, dream and work assiduously towards its fulfillment instead of worrying about their situations.
“Where there is no struggle, there is no progress” said Stedman Graham during the recent meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Chicago Chapter at NBC Tower.
He admonished them to take the bull by the horn, take the resources available in Chicago and around the world and be ready to die for the ideas they believed in instead of ruminating of the situation stressing, “they killed (President John) Kennedy and Malcolm X”.
He urged them to keep abreast with mundane occurrences in the society and examined carefully various programs put in place to destroy the Black Americans.
Graham, a friend of Talk Show host Oprah Winfrey lamented that 70 percent of Black men are in prison despite the fact that African Americans represent just six percent of the population.
“This is possible because there are no support system and we are the last people to discuss about the economy. We concentrate on other things instead of those important to our survival” he said.
He advised Black Americans to support each other in the same way white Americans care for themselves. “You have to create your own stuff, be it business or otherwise and stand by it,” he said adding, “Black men need Black men to be validated.”
Graham who just wrote a book titled “Move Without the Ball” urged Black professionals to support each other instead of worrying about others wealth. “I don’t care about what Oprah has. That is her wealth. When you are happy about yourself, you don’t care about others wealth” he said.
The chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA) charged Black professionals to dream dreams that transcend race especially your race and be ready to sell the idea on merit and to earn money and respect.
He also charged married professionals whose partners doesn’t share their visions not to abandon such visions but pursued is assiduously until their partners see reasons for lack of interest.