Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Revolutionary Long Love - 2017

 Ours is a daily, yet protracted challenge. We are at war. To make revolution we need revolutionary love. 
Revolutionary love nurtures warriors, nurtures healers, and nurtures builders. 
Drum roll please ... the selection for the 2017 BLC Revolutionary Long Love award has been made. And the winning couple is - Yaa Mawusi Baruti and Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti - the co-founders of Akoben House and Akoben Institute. Choosing from among deserving couples was a labor of love.

We hope that you'll come out to celebrate and be inspired by this couple's revolutionary love. Here's just a snippet.

This Revolutionary Love couple has been married for over 30 years. While they were attracted to each other physically, what makes their love revolutionary is that it was built on their common and unwavering love for our people and their determination to make revolutionary change for our people - in their life times.

Their search for knowledge of Ourstory became more urgent when they had a daughter,
Aliyanna Aziz, who they determined would learn about her culture from day one. This lead to the creation of Akoben Institute - an independent Afrikan centered full-time and after-school, home-schooling and tutorial program for middle and high schoolers.

The goal of their love is the same as for their lives – Re-Afrikanization and Sovereignty for themselves and Afrikan people. Deep down, they each came to the relationship with that fire.

They also came with their differences. Ironically, it is those difference that contributed to their making Revolutionary Love. How could that be? Wouldn’t the differences create impediments? They appreciated the differences and used them to compliment each other
s strengths and weaknesses, habits, and proclivities. This practice has matured into a revolutionary life and a masterpiece called Complementarity – which is both the name of Baba Bariti’s best-selling book and their annual conference and fundraiser.

He is also the author of the book, “A Warrior’s Love.”
 “If you don’t have complementarity, you don’t have family. If you don’t have family, you don’t have a nation.” -- Baruti.
Ena Yaa, the author of “Womanhood,” says “If you don’t have a relationship, you can’t make family.” 

Together they have also built Akoben House - an Afrikan centered publishing company dedicated to the dissemination of consciousness raising writings, workshops, speeches, and more. They are known for their selfless dedication to our people. 

Come, lift them up, and learn more. 
  • How did they do it? 
  • Do revolutionaries actually have romantic love? 
  • Can you engage in romantic love, when we're at war?
  • If they've nurtured both - how did they do it? 
  • Are revolutionary and romantic love really separate things?

It is their revolutionary work that has centered their love, and their love has cemented their revolutionary work. Come and show your love for the Revolutionary
Long Love Award Winners for 2017!

Purchase tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-black-love-day-dinner-celebration-february-11-2017-tickets-30467265411

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