Editorial #1Why Did We Come Back?

September 8, 2017 - This editorial marks the return of The Nubian News after eleven years.

An African proverb says, “Dreams are voices of ancestors.”

King said, “I have a dream.”

Oscar Hammerstein saidYou gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?

Nigerian proverb: “If I tell you my dream, you might forget it. If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it, but if I involve you, it becomes your dream too.”

My dream is that one day we will all be free. My grandchildren will never have to debate whether someone hates them or is holding them hostage because of the color of their skin.

I dream that one day Trenton, this city I love so much, will look and function as the Black Mecca.

As I walk this city I see gleaming streets of gold and houses and homes, beautiful beyond words, with warmth of love and prosperity in every window.

I see people who have thrown off the yolk of pain, loneliness and despair and walk with heads high. Kids playing safely in well-tended parks, going to schools which nurture and educate them eases my mind and uplifts my soul.

I think of Trenton, the soul of Mercer County as the center of it all. Between Washington D.C. up through Baltimore then on to Philadelphia, pulling into Newark and then the Big Apple, on up to Hartford and Providence til you hit Boston. In the middle of all that is New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton.

One day I would like to see Mercer County filled with the best Black people have to offer. Because we lie midway between New York and Philadelphia there is plenty of everything: jobs, culture, entertainment, transportation, education, vacations spots, economic opportunity, history, and the weather is getting better.

This is why we brought back The Nubian News. People make up a city. Trenton has some of the best people in the world. There is work we need to do to make it better for the few who don’t have a dream. My heart breaks for them but together they can hope too. It isn’t right to believe there is not a better life out there.

It isn’t all their fault. We must shoulder part of the blame. We must come up with solutions. I believe we will.

Every week we will talk to you and every week we want you to talk back to us. Sharing ideas, dreams, we will begin to set goals, then plan ways to find answers to problems that plague our great city

Communication is the key. If the brain can’t communicate with the legs – you won’t walk. We haven’t been able to talk with each other on a citywide level. Our mayor and other leaders don’t talk with us because they haven’t had a way to do it. Now they do.

Each week The Nubian News will give a newspaper to every home and every business in Trenton. All of us will be on the same page, getting the same information. Through these pages the mayor can talk with all of us and we will be able to answer him.

We can make everything work if we can talk with each other. Now we can talk with each other. In the weeks to come our website will become more functional and we’ll have that platform too.

We have a big job before us. But we’ve always had big jobs to do. We’ve done them before and we’ll do them again. We came out of slavery, we grew stronger even without our forty acres and a mule, we defeated jim crow, took our civil rights and we can do whatever we want to do. All we have to do is dream, devise a strategy to achieve it, pull up our sleeve and work our butts off.

Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will. – Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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