Love Thy Neighbor – Rebuilding the Village that Raised Us

Two Major Things Needed to Rebuild the Village that Raised Us

Curtis E. Gatewood, Minister pictured at JUSTICE Ministration Kick-off event at the HOLLA Center on 7/16/17 laying out a spiritual and strategic plan on the topic – “Love thy Neighbor – Rebuilding the Village that Raised Us.”

1. Know the Power of the Spirit.  We should not  judge anyone based upon what they have individually chosen to believe or disbelieve.  It is a person’s freedom and right to believe or not to believe the things we have been taught to believe.   The “spirit” is not to be boxed up, given a name, and then we fight over the “name of the spirit.”

  • We are speaking of a “spirit” which is quick to love and slow to judge.
  • It is a spirit which seeks to know you as a unique human being and not as a societal label  or a categorized stereotype.
  • It is a spirit which sees the community as a network of families which loves the neighbor as if he or she was “self” or a close relative.
  • It is a spirit which gives power over the enemy and power over the most powerful entity on this earth.

2.  Know  Thyself.  We must become deliberate in learning more about our struggle as a people.  Unfortunately, due to generations of systemic kidnapping, slavery, and deliberate separation  of family, tribes, and other commonalities, people of African descent who were born in America know less about their culture and ancestry than any other people in this country.  The further we move away from our spiritual and cultural well being, the more we become vulnerable to the oppression of the dominant culture.   The reason why most foreigners who migrate to America can come here and do well is not because they are any smarter than African Americans.  It is simply because they have the confidence in knowing who they are in terms of culture, ancestry, values, and community.    In order to love and honor our communities we must know and honor the history, challenges,  struggles, and victories regarding our communities.

Learn more about what happened regarding your culture and race during  the following periods:

  • The beginnings of the Bible and early history (1800 BCE to 120 CE)
  • The Golden Age where Africans ruled as Kings, Queens, scholars, and nation builders (Between 7,000 and 2,000 years ago)
  • The invasion of the Greeks
  • The period before the Western/American Slave Trade 
  • The period of American Slavery
  • The period of Reconstruction
  • The massacres, land-takings, lynchings, and other violent reaction toward Black ‘Reconstruction’ Progress
  • The period of Jim Crow
  • The period of COINTELPRO and the Civil Rights Movement
  • The period of Hollywood’s Black Exploitation from Prophets to Pimps 
  • The period of Reaganomics and the Attack to Turn Back the Clock on Civil Rights
  • The period of the entertainment industry’s  production of NWA and music to Incite Deadly Black Gang  Wars