Guidelines for Correct Black Parents by Mwalimu I. Mwadilifu

Guidelines for Correct Black Parents

– I will have a feeling of love and responsibility for all Black children, be they my own biological descendants or not. The extended family is a traditional way of life for us, therefore all Afrikan adults are potentially correct Black parents.

– I will respect my children and will demand respect from them.

– I will strive to produce in the home harmony, stability and an atmosphere of trust and love. I will provide opportunities for learning and will instill a sense of pride by teaching our past and present history.

– I will have control and power in the home, being that the home is the smallest example of a Nation — and if the home is not together you cannot deal with outside forces.

– I will find the best possible educational institutions for my children and I will participate in some way in the institution.

– I will seek to establish and perpetuate those moral attitudes and values which will add to my children’s personalities and characters; virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherliness, kindness and charity.

– I will develop a deep inner love that flows over and around the Black child to form a shield of protection, guidance, wisdom and strength.

– I will assume the responsibility for cultivating the development of Black youth. This cultivation process occurs mentally (through skill development); physically (through the sharing of food, clothing and shelter); emotionally (through the commitment to the national development of Black people); and spiritually (through the living out of a superior value system).

– I will be about collaborating with others like myself, creating an atmosphere whereby Black children can grow and develop their potential in effective and meaningful ways.

– I will be responsible for strengthening the positive qualities of the child and for correcting negative characteristics. I will maintain and nurture positive stability in the Black family.

– I will be a model of the intellectual, emotional and moral discipline necessary to the child’s understanding of, relationship to, and responsibility for the total Black experience — past, present and future.

– I will have as my goal harmony within and freedom without; with confidence in the knowledge that the ultimate in freedom is service to mankind. My whole person and lifestyle will transmit these same values to the young.

– I will help every Black child to develop the skills to survive. I will teach that the highest good in life is to serve Black people, helping all Black people in the struggle to survive.

~Mwalimu I. Mwadilifu (E. Curtis Alexander)~

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