Through the years much has been said about service. It has been called the “rent we pay to live on this earth,” a measure of greatness, and a “link to happiness.” As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to service, I am reminded and encouraged that service is restorative; service can be a connector; service can be a motivator; and service can be a solution to bridge economic gaps in our community.
I recently read the book “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Associate Editor, Eugene Robinson. Robinson contends that instead of one “Black America” now there are four: Transcendent, Mainstream, Emergent, and Abandoned. Each of these 21st century groups has its own set of challenges, interests and aspirations.