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Leadership Lessons & Legacies from African American History & Culture: Of Drum Majors, Drum Lines, and Dreams

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  1. 1. “Leadership Lessons & Legacies from African American History & Culture: Of Drum Majors, Drum Presented by: Lines & Dreams” Ronald W. Brown, M.B.A.,Esq.
  2. 2. Move The Dream Forward. Never Return To The Nightmare
  3. 3. CURRENTLY PLAYING ON BROADWAY
  4. 4. I Dream A World By Langston Hughes I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankindOf such I dream, my world!
  5. 5. Langston Hughes “Dream” Poems
  6. 6. “For Today’s Children, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's is as Remote as the Civil War” “ 6
  7. 7. The March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom 7
  8. 8. The March Is Forever Linked With Rosa Parks Sitting on a Birmingham Bus 8
  9. 9. Birmingham Alabama: Prelude to the March On Washington 9
  10. 10. Things You Probably Did Not Know About The 1963 March on Washington: (Ain’t Gonna Let) Nobody Turn Me Around • "I simply don't know how they're going to do it," one Washington cop said. "We spend nearly a year planning for the inaugural parade. They're trying to pull off something much more complicated in [just] weeks." Another cop said: "It's just like they were getting ready for D-day in Normandy." 10
  11. 11. Things You Probably Did Not Know About The 1963 March on Washington: (Ain’t Gonna Let) Nobody Turn Me Around • President Kennedy originally discouraged the March. • “AOTTSBR”: Anybody other than „three strike‟ Bayard Rustin. • The speech that was not given by John Lewis. • The “Latrine Letters” from U.S. Senators Paul Douglas and Hubert Humphrey. 11
  12. 12. Things You Probably Did Not Know About The 1963 March on Washington: (Ain’t Gonna Let) Nobody Turn Me Around • 9 organizations participated in and sponsored the March. • It was attended by more than 250,000 people. • “It was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation‟s capital and one of the first to have. extensive television coverage.” • There was only one female speaker. 12
  13. 13. Things You Probably Did Not Know About The 1963 March on Washington: (Ain’t Gonna Let) Nobody Turn Me Around  National Headquarters for the March was at West 130th Street and Lennox Ave in Harlem.  Total expenses for the March: $133,329.  Rustin‟s two rules of management.  The extraordinary teamwork of Rachelle Horowitz from Brooklyn and Joyce Ladner from Mississippi. 13
  14. 14. HATE IS HATE “The segregationists and racists make no distinction between the Negro and the Jew.”—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “ THIS DREAM TODAY EMBATTLED. WITH ITS BACK AGAINST THE WALL, TO SAVE THE DREAM FOR ONE, IT MUST BE SAVED FOR ALL.” Lynching Dachau
  15. 15. From Swastika To Jim Crow
  16. 16. There are Echoes Between The segregation of Jews in Nazi Germany and The Segregation of African-Americans in the Jim Crow South. • “There were Jewish scholars • Those scholars became mentors as well as role models for their students, some who had been stripped of of whom would become leaders in the their positions in Nazi Civil Rights Movement. Many Civil Rights leaders where educated at Germany, who came to the HBCU‟s. Dr. King and Julian Bond United States to teach at were educated at Morehouse College. historically black colleges and Jesse Jackson was educated at North universities. Those scholars Carolina A&T. became mentors as well as role models for their students, some of whom would become leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.”
  17. 17. From Swastika To Jim Crow • "[Art Professor Viktor Lowenfeld] was interested in our inner feelings.... We lived a restricted life of segregation and discrimination, so art became the way that we could speak. Viktor chose Hampton because it was a Black school. He understood racial prejudice in America, and felt that he should cast his lot with those people who were working against racism." - John Biggers, artist former student, Hampton Institute • "I've heard Dr. Manasse say that when he first came to America as a freshly-minted Ph.D. from one of the most respected and revered institutions in Germany - perhaps in all of Europe - that he found it strange that he encountered nearly as much anti-Semitism here as he did in Europe." - Eugene Eaves, provost former student, North Carolina Central University
  18. 18. From Swastika To Jim Crow John Hope Franklin I shall never forget the first time I witnessed the manifestation of anti-Semitism, when I was a graduate student at Harvard back in 1936. And when I suggested that a certain person in the Henry Adams history club be nominated for president, the other members of the nominating committee said, 'Well, um, he doesn't have all of the objectionable qualities of a Jew, but he is still a Jew.' I was absolutely dumbfounded - speechless.
  19. 19. “ From Swastika To Jim Crow John Biggers “One day, Viktor [Professor Lowenfeld] invited me to go home to have dinner with them. Upon leaving the art center we went by the post office to get his mail. There he received a letter from the State Department. This was a terrible letter. It was announcing members of his family who were burned in concentration camps in Germany. He stopped for a few minutes, along the road, and read the letter aloud. And then he said to me, 'John, you're segregated. You have to ride on the back of the bus. You can't drink water in any building. You don't have toilet facilities,' he said, 'but, they're not burning you in mass. They just burned these members of my family - and these people did not commit any crime - they were just born, that's all.' So this was one of the first lessons for me in what we call race prejudice. And suddenly I realized it went beyond Black and White. I realized this was one of the truly great tragedies of the human family. This I have never forgotten.”
  20. 20. From Swastika To Jim Crow • William Jackson “Dr. Manasse did suggest that I should apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. I think I expressed dismay and disbelief that he could even expect such a thing of me. But Dr. Manasse was a very softspoken person, a very, very gentle person, but a very, very persistent person. And this was one thing that he really wanted me to do - he wanted me to apply for a Fulbright. I really did get perturbed when he showed me what the forms looked like, and I, in a not very commendable attitude said, 'Okay, I will fill out these forms so that you won't have to bother me about it anymore,' or something to that effect. And I did. I went and I filled them out and applied for the Fulbright and hoped that he would be satisfied that I had gone through this very, very empty process. And then I got a Fulbright. And I felt about "that big." I felt that I just could not crawl back to his office low enough with an apology for how I had acted. The remarkable thing is - and I am sure I remember this correctly never once did he say I told you so.”
  21. 21. LEADERSHIP LESSON#1: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
  22. 22. Leadership Lesson #2: (Learn from Jake Sully In the Movie Avatar and from our own Yogi Berra and) Know Where You Are and What’s Really Going On “ You are on Pandora.” “You can observe a lot just by watching.” 22
  23. 23. Leadership Lesson #3: Don’t Try To Solve Everything By Yourself; Even Superhereos Have Sidekicks. Don’t Even Attempt To Do It All. Have A Success Plan As Well as a Succession Plan 23
  24. 24. Leadership Lesson # 4: Jackie “Moms” Mabley and Albert Einstein Were Right. AD2 = AG2
  25. 25. • • • • • • • • • • • • LEADERSHIP LESSON #5 : MAKE YOUR LEADERSHIP CONTAGIOUS Keep a cool head even in times when the world is falling apart. Act reasonably in even the most unreasonable situations. Remember that your body continues talking long after your lips stop moving. Adhere to the ratio that you have two ears and a mouth and use them proportionately. Talk less; listen more. Communicate with others in a language that they understand. Engage in active learning every day. Have a LIFE! Encourage all those you lead to have or get a LIFE! Let go of needing to be perfect. Let go of needing everyone else to be perfect. Share kudos and praise in public, yet discipline and reprimand in private.
  26. 26. LEADERSHIP LESSON #6: “P.D.F.P.” IS A FOUR INGREDIENT FORMULA FOR SUCCESS 1 Part of Purpose (Know exactly what you want) + 2 Parts of Desire (Want it sincerely) + 3 Parts of Faith (Firmly believe you will get it) + 4 Parts of Perseverance (Exert every possible effort to obtain it) = Success
  27. 27. Leadership lesson #7 You must have selfconfidence, unshakeable faith, and sometimes self-sacrifice is required to be a leader. 27
  28. 28. LEADERSHIP LESSON # 8: YOU MUST HAVE THE COURAGE OF CONVICTION
  29. 29. LEADERSHIP LESSON #9:Keep a Sense of Humor: Some Things in Life Are a Laughing Matter __
  30. 30. LEADERSHIP LESSON #10 • You Can Not Lead Anyone Further Than You Have Been Yourself or Further Than You Are Willing To Go
  31. 31. Leadership Lesson #11: You are responsible for who you are and for what you do. 31
  32. 32. Leadership Lesson #12: Be A Lid Lifter
  33. 33. What Is A Leader? • A leader is “someone people follow”. • “Leaders define or clarify goals for a group, which can be as small as a seminar or as large as a nation-state and mobilize the energies of members of the group to pursue those goals.” • There are at least three imperatives for becoming a great leader: “managing yourself, managing your network, and managing your team.” 33
  34. 34. What is Leadership? Five Definitions of Leadership • “Leadership [is] creating the conditions in organizational systems so that people can do their best work.” • “Problem solving is the core of leadership.” • “The art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” • “Is about coping with change”, about “motivating and inspiring---keeping people moving in the right direction, despite major obstacles to change.” • “Is…a matter not of „doing‟ excellence but of „inspiring‟ excellence in others.” “To lead is to Measurably Help Others Succeed”---Tom Peters, The Little Big Things, 201. 34
  35. 35. Leadership Lesson # 13: There Is Never Enough Time To Do Everything, So Prioritize Execution of What is Most Important 35
  36. 36. Leadership Lesson # 14: Deliver What You Promised. Deliver When You Promised. 36
  37. 37. Leadership Lesson #15: Take Advantage of Change • • Change can be a disguised opportunity, but you may need the perspective of someone else to see it, and you may need more than one perspective to go from seeing to visioning. Visioning is expressed and ends in one thing: performance. While there is nothing that builds confidence more than winning against the odds, believe it or not, losing against great odds builds it as well. 37
  38. 38. Leadership Lesson # 15: Take Advantage of Change (continued) • A powerful image has the ability to capture our imaginations, inspire our spirits, and energize us to go beyond normal limitations. Simply put, such an image can be transformative. An example is Chief Petty Officer Brasher (Men of Honor). 38
  39. 39. Leadership Lesson #16: To Everything There Is A Season. A Time to Reap. A Time to Sow. A Time to Come. A Time to Go. “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn‟t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, whether in Africa, or in public sector leadership, you better be running.. To everything there is a time. To everything there is a season. There is a time to start, and a time to stop. But in between those times, keep moving. 39
  40. 40. Leadership Lesson #17: If You Are In Charge, Follow Jeffrey Fox’s Great Boss Simple Success Formula “1. Only hire top-notch, excellent people.” “2. Put the right people in the right job. Weed out the wrong people.” “3. Tell the people what needs to be done.” “4. Tell the people why it is needed. “5. Leave the job up to the people you‟ve chosen to do it.” “6. Train the people.” “7. Listen to the people.” “8. Remove frustration and barriers that fetter the people.” “9. Inspect progress.” “10. Say “Thank you” publicly and privately.” 40
  41. 41. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “The Beloved Community” • “But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is understanding goodwill toward all men. It is an overwhelming love that seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.” From “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation’s Chief Moral Dilemma.” 1957
  42. 42. SHARING A VISION OF A BELOVED COMMUNITY • Rabbi Nahman • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  43. 43. LEADERSHIP LESSON #12: Be A Drum Major and Strut Your Stuff, But Beware of The Drum Major Instinct
  44. 44. “I Have A Dream” “...We will be able to speed up that day when all of God‟s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, „Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” 44
  45. 45. Change Is Going To Come 45

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