Black Male Agenda Think Tank Sows Seeds of Change
By Jasmine Stewart
Black Male Agenda has begun sowing the seeds of change in the BSU community by giving students a welcoming atmosphere to explore and discuss controversial issues that plague the African American community. These “Think Tanks,” often referred to as “Deep Thoughts” bring the spirit of activism back into the black college student lifestyle.
Most recently Black Male Agenda has set the stage for these intense discussions with their first program of the semester on Sept. 27 that asked the soul searching question; “Who Am I?” to invoke a sense of purpose and duty to our ancestors by actively continuing a legacy of solidarity and social change within our community. Living up to part of the organization’s mission statement, “We are here not for change of the world we live in, but rather the evolution of a new world, similar in action but different in theory.”
Now, “Prison Complex” one of the many Deep Thoughts that will be held throughout the school year informed students about the effects of the prison system on the black community. The African-American community makes up 60 percent of a system that weakens the delicate infrastructure of our families and support systems. Information about prison influenced ideas in our culture both inside and outside penitentiary systems; the truth behind saggy jeans and forced advances within prisons.
All topics are on serious issues that will inspire participants to think critically about the influence and impact these issues have on current and future generations. Deep Thoughts occurs every Tuesday and are open to all students; the title of the next discussion is “Who’s Your Favorite Ni**a? Are black entertainers in control of their own destiny? ,” was held Oct. 3 in the Wiseman Center.