Two Words

By Brittney Elder, 23


A friend recently e-mailed me a piece by BYP contributor Jonathan Lykes entitled Who Will Lead My Black Generation? In the article he references a BET sponsored poll that asked “Who speaks for you?” Forty percent of the participants in turn responded “no one”. I came across these words and instantly felt my stomach drop. Those two small words were not just a statement of opinion but spoke as a stinging indictment against a generation of black leaders whose hands we have been placed into. Those words spoke of a lost and neglected child; a child who does not understand the concern and love of a caring parent.

And for far too long, this has been the reality for my generation.

Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot Dead at 73

Civil Rights leader Lawrence Guyot has died at the age of 73.

According to the Huffington Post, Guyot had history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes.

Guyot worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and directed the famed 1964 Freedom Summer Project.

He was a staunch voting rights advocate until his death.

Do We Put Black Leaders on Too High of a Pedestal?

As it is Black History month, we are reminded of all of the great leaders our race boasts about: MLK, Malcolm X, WEB Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Barrack Obama, Ida B. Wells, and the list goes on. I can remember as a young student learning about these great figures and admiring them, yet always having a feeling that I could not amount to their greatness. I always felt as though they were demi-gods who were untouchable. Their stories were awe-inspiring, their biographies were tear jerking and yet, I have always felt a great distance from these great leaders.