The Big Question Children In Our Village Asks
Why are we treated so much differently than other people of other races. One of the hardest, saddest, things to teach children is about racism and injustice. Especially, when we teach our children to love the HUMAN RACE. As Parents, it is our love, our duty, our job, our obligation to "train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
TALK TALK TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN
We must educate and help our children to understand. The Good, the Bad & the Indifferent in our community and in the world around us. Our children no matter how young or old depend on us to teach them right from wrong and to be as truthful as we can. Children are exposed to so much from the news, social media, being on the the streets, schools and even in the home.
As a village of concerned Mothers and Fathers of African descent doing our best to teach our children and grandchildren about their true culture, history, identity, and our Ancestors, about the inhuman treatment. (that we as a people still suffer today. Also, teaching the parts that is not taught in schools).
As parents we do not always have all of the answers. However, together we will make a way! Like we always do. In the meantime, Pray & keep the faith! Seek guidance. Don’t be afraid, or ashamed or too proud to ask for help when you need it. Everybody's got a story. You are not alone while going through your trials and tribulations. Which is why The African American Family Village is so necessary and here for you.
Listen Family! One can not change what's inside another person's heart or a group of people for that matter. Imagine trying to blend in or be friendly with a person or group of people who hates you with a passion and without a cause. It's like someone telling you they love you, yet treat you worse than an animal. Sooner or later you get the message. Even if it takes hundreds of years. If we are honest about it, the fact that it has been going on so long. It would take the hand of GOD to truly change the situation. Do you think it's time for us to wakeup and see the truth of the matter for what it is?
Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."
King Mansa Musa of Mali Named World's Richest Man Of All Time. You've probably never heard of him, but Mansa Musa is the richest person ever recorded.
King Mansa Musa became ruler of the Mali Empire in 1312, taking the throne after his predecessor, Abu-Bakr II, for whom he’d served as deputy, went missing on a voyage he took by sea to find the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. King Mansa Musa’s rule came at a time when European nations were struggling due to raging civil wars and a lack of resources. During that period, the Mali Empire flourished thanks to ample natural resources like gold and salt.
And under the rule of King Mansa Musa, the prosperous empire grew to span a sizeable portion of West Africa, from the Atlantic coast to the inland trading hub of Timbuktu and parts of the Sahara Desert. As the territory grew while Musa was on the throne, so did the economic standing of its citizens.
Musa Keita I came into power in 1312. When he was crowned, he was given the name Mansa, meaning king. It is said that Mansa Musa had conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates, during his reign. Mansa Musa was in charge of a lot of land. To put it into perspective, he ruled all (or parts) of modern day Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.
His wealth was made known to the world during 1324 pilgrimage to mecca, crossing a distance of nearly 4000 miles. His procession reportedly included 60,000 men, including 12,000 servants who each carried four pounds of gold bars and heralds dressed in silks who bore gold staffs, organized horses, and handled bags.
King Mansa Musa provided all necessities for the procession, feeding the entire company of men and animals. Those animals included 80 camels which each carried between 50 and 300 pounds of gold dust. King Mansa Musa gave the gold to the poor he met along his route. King Mansa Musa not only gave to the cities he passed on the way to Mecca, including Cairo and Medina, but also traded gold for souvenirs. It was reported that he built a mosque each and every Friday.
But King Mansa Musa’s generous actions inadvertently devastated the economy of the regions through which he passed. In the cities of Cairo, Medina, and Mecca, the sudden influx of gold devalued the metal for the next decade. Prices on goods and wares greatly inflated. To rectify the gold market, on his way back from Mecca, King Mansa Musa borrowed all the gold he could carry from money-lenders in Cairo, at high interest. This is the only time recorded in history that one man directly controlled the price of gold in the Mediterranean.
After reigning for 25 years. King Mansa Musa died in 1337. He was succeeded by his son, Maghan I. “The king’s rich legacy persisted for generations and to this day, there are mausoleums, libraries, and mosques that stand as a testament to this golden age of Mali’s history. His wealth is estimated at $400 Billion.
Good job on learning more about yourself! Check back. More African Kings to come! In the meantime... BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!