March 13, 2008
Will ‘Bro Mitzvah’ find roots in African American community?
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"When it is your turn to take responsibility for the world, do good for the world. Speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil," quoting the sacred text, the Odu Ifa, containing ancestral wisdom.
In Karenga's view, an effective rite of passage would need to be rooted in both continental and diasporan African culture, encompassing the views, values and practices that represent the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.
"[This is] a condition not easily achieved by adopting a non-African approach to bringing African boys into African manhood, even as it would be difficult to bring a Jewish boy into Jewish manhood using non-Jewish sources," he wrote.
Still, Hill believes that the goodness generated by DJ's bro mitzvah could be universally expanded.
"Could you imagine if the world would unify their minds or way of thinking and just became one big happy family all because of one boy's bro mitzvah?" she said. "Could you imagine that?"
For more information, please visit "Create a 'bar mitzvah' for Black Boys" @ "The Forward"
Dr. Maulana Karenga and Kwanzaa
Y-Love's "This is Babylon"
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