The African American Business Project

Melvin Lorenzo Kelly

      The purpose of the African American Business Project is to promote African American Economic empowerment and Independence in the United States of America for present and future African American generations. African Americans earn approximately 1.3 trillion dollars annually in the United States of America, and over 80% of what we earn and spend goes into the hands, pockets, and bank accounts of another race of people which equals approximately 850 billion dollars annually; it is time for a change. It is time for a change. Volunteers Needed.

     Obtaining our economic independence in America will involve a nationwide urban revitalization project and nationwide manufacturing on a global level competitively. Within this newsletter I would like to share some information with you related to the responsibility of three major departments within the United States government. However, before I do so let me share some Black History with you related to slavery in the North.

     The idea that slavery was wrong in America first gained acceptance during the American Revolution. Abigail Adams, the wife of the late president John Adams (October 30, 1735 to

July 4, 1826) spoke for many years when she wrote that it was hypocritical for colonist to demand liberty for themselves while denying it to slaves. Other well-known whites who advocated an end to slavery during such a period included Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Noah Webster, and John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

     Massachusetts courts abolished slavery in 1783, noting that the new state constitution declared that “all men are born free and equal.” Pennsylvania had moved even earlier in 1780 to provide for gradual emancipation. By 1804, all states north of Delaware had passed laws aimed at freeing their slaves, and abolitionist had succeeded in outlawing slavery in all territory covered by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Congress outlawed the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as of January 1, 1808.

     Our history is connected to our future politically and sociably here in the United States of America and everywhere else. Legally, the abolishment of slavery in the North didn’t stop the practice of racism, housing and employment discrimination, it carefully set the slaves free and stop the practice of free labor in the North by law.

     Please, come and go on a short journey with me related to previous urban revitalization. In 1987 the federal government initiated the “Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Act.” This act involved itself within three agencies of the United States Federal Government. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Health and Human Services to end homelessness in America. With special interest towards providing urgently needed assistance to protect and improve the lives and safety of the homeless, with special emphasis on elderly persons, handicapped persons and families with children.

     Even though today it is the sole responsibility of HUD to support the homeless and build low- affordable housing for the poor in America utilizing the tax-payer’s dollars by law. Very little will get done if we continue to sit back and forfeit representing the cause accordingly. After the election process comes the public monitorial process holding our elected official accountable according to the law especially through governmental spending. Share the wealth.

     The United States Federal Government consist of three branches, one, Legislative, House and Senate, (Congress), two, Judicial (Supreme Court), and three, Executive Branch (President, Vice President, Trade Representative, Chief of Staff, The Department of Labor, The Department of Veteran Affairs, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, etc.… Most African Americans would rather watch TV instead of learning the operations of the United States Government, with an awkward belief that they are going to do what they want to do anyway, speaking of Republican Caucasians in government. They do what they do because far too many African Americans “sit back and accept unfair treatment within the spending of our tax-dollars and crooked laws in favor of supremacy and racism.”

     The Department of Housing and Urban Development employees approximately 9,000 employees with an annual budget of approximately 41.24 billion dollars. More than 4,200 HUD employees make six-figure salaries. Let me ask you one question, how can HUD be operating at its fullest capacity with a section 8 waiting list if the Mississippi River. Homelessness thriving in states such as California 170,000; New York 70,000; Florida 45,000; Georgia 27,000; Texas 26,000, etc.… Urban revitalization is very important in America today; most poor small cities in America suffer from bad economics, poor school systems, lack of employment and crime. There might come a time when you never know who is going to need a helping hand from the government. However, in alignment with obtaining our economic independence here in America, somehow and someway we need to control our spending and banking collectively here in the United States in favor of building better urban environments without the help of the government unless it is truly needed.

     Freely giving away over 850 billion dollars annually to a bunch of strangers is a lot of money. It’s alright to be friends with foreigners but not economic slaves. Invest in our race. In 1917 African Americans owned 250,000 farms and 20,000,000 acres of land worth $500,000,000. Today, 42 million African Americans own only 0.33 percent of America. The year 1910 was not the complete apex or zenith for African Americans in America the best is yet to come. Even though 100 years ago African Americans owned almost 20 million acres of land in America which was a far cry from the 160 million acres that should have been owned had the special Order 15 been horned by the United States government which is also known as “40 acres and a mule” to most African Americans. Geographically, the United States of America consist of 327,167,434 Square miles. Faith without works is dead. It is time for a change.

     One of the most famous singers in the world, Mr. James Brown, wrote some lyrics to a song stating, “I don’t need nobody to give me nothing open up the door I’ll get it myself.” Well because of God’s love for us the door is open. Are you ready to take the advantage of the situation instead of disgracefully allowing strangers to take the advantage of us collectively?




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Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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