A day when the entire Black Community will, remember, reflect and repair
the Black Family Unit. A day when we are mentally and spiritually
uplifted by the unification, power and ability of our Community to come
together harmoniously as one.
We will remember our foreparents who died during times of slavery whilst
fighting for freedom, those who died in the armed forces fighting for
countries other than that of their origin and those who died whilst defending
their own countries against colonialism. We will also remember
those who have died at the hands of racists and for them a minute's
silence will be adhered to, at 12.00 noon. In each household,
venue, place of worship, etc, participating in the Black Family Day a
single candle will be lit to represent unity for all and representing
a guiding light to a better and more prosperous future, whilst giving
thanks to those who have suffered and died as aforementioned, remembering
that their struggles and causes have paved a way for the Black Community
to progress and continually strive to gain more respect and the equal
opportunities we deserve.
We will take time out to reflect on and discuss our achievements, both
past and present. We will use this period to lay foundations for the
future of our youth by setting goals for ourselves with them in mind.
We will take action to forgive those who have wronged us and ask forgiveness
from those who we have wronged. Attempt to repair broken relationships
between our family and extended family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
Members of the community will ensure they make contact with members of
their family, especially those who they have not made contact with for
some time. Absent parents and children should make every conceivable effort
to contact their children and families, respectively, with a view to re-establishing
links and strengthening their relationships. Every encouragement will
be given to the parent who has custody/residence of a child/children to
allow access to the absent parent where there is no threat to the
welfare of the child/children or that parent.
|To promote and
show harmony and unity within our Community.
||To rebuild and/or
strenghthen the Black Family Unit and values.
||To have all
members of the Black Community based in the UK (in the first instance)
recognise, acknowledge and remember those who have died for an/or
on behalf of the Black Community who never had the change of experiencing
life without a 'slave master', thereby making our existence today
a better one.
||To have all
the members of the Black Community recognise, acknowledge and remember
those who have died at the hands of racists, thereby opening up the
issues and strengthening our campaigns for due justice and recompense.
all absent parents and children, both male and female, to make contact
with their children and families, respectively, where there
is no possible danger to either the child/children or parent's well
||To spend this
day with family members building and developing closer relationships
with the unit.
traditional family values and promote the importance of the family
||To have the entire Black
Community throughout the UK (and beyond), simultaneously opening their
hearts and minds to come together, forge new links and/or re-establish
broken relationships, whether physically or in spirit, to show harmony
and unity within our Community.
DAY / STRUCTURE
of our traditional/national foods and traditonal/national adornments/clothing
worn is encouraged.
||A singe candle
should be lit and a prayer, chant or affirmation said after the one
minute's silence at 12.00 noon.
that are family orientated and, where possible, not restricted to
immediate family only but open to extended family members and friends.
visit the homes of other families and/or open their homes to other
familiees (where possible) to share meals, remember, reflect and repair
and give thanks for what we have.
||Events and gatherings
in celebration of this day that cater for the whole family.
||Our children/youth to be
made aware of what has occurred in our Community's history, whilst
reinforcing that although it is in the past we should not forget those
who have suffered before us but use this as a motive to continue with
the causes to ensure a better future.
DAY, IS EVERYDAY.
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN OCTOBER IS TO ENCOURAGE
OUR UNIFICATION FOR REMEMBRANCE, RELFECTION
AND REPAIR SIMULTANEOUSLY
THE ENTIRE BLACK COMMUNITY.