(BlackNews.com) — They Speak to Me: Voices From the Past by Bert Cross II is about the pain, struggle, and the price that was paid for African-Americans in the past. There are 153 voices that will speak directly to the hearts and conscious minds of Black people. Bert, who is currently the Coordinator and Music Director of Music Theatre in the Howard University Theatre Arts Department, comments, Now is the time that African Americans should stand and employ the power of the written word to preserve the voices and the African thought of our ancestors.
He continues, Black Power should mean Black Economic Power. By raising our collective consciousness to become a Black economic power, we are now encouraged to move forward as independent people not looking for others to build our communities. African-Americans should reject all ideas of mediocrity, mis-education, the hidden agenda that divides us, and accept the greatness we possessed before the time of slavery.
His book, They Speak to Me: Voices From the Past, is designed to teach young people that there was life for Black people before slavery. We are not the children of slaves, but we are prisoners of war and only we ourselves can set us free from this present racial dilemma. We, as a people, should stand up, unite, and look to God and ourselves as our source of deliverance. The wealth is here in America, but we must have wisdom to harvest it, Bert says.
He adds, Concerning our Black youth, we should teach them to critically think and reject all notions of self-hate and raise their consciousness to the greatness that God originally gave us. Respect the voices of the elders and understand that freedom comes with sacrifice! Black Lives should matter to Black people, therefore, wake up from the sleep of deception. God is our only hope.