The class of 2018 Right know we set and talk about the blight of our people the many circumstances that we find our selves in and what will become of our people after many of us are long gone. As we all are aware that we are in a new millennium and that the year 2000 suppose to have marked a new beginning. It has been over 300 hundred years since the approval of our people being used as slaves (involuntary servants) as we look back many of use are well aware of the atrocities that have been committed against our people and many of us are well aware that it still influence us today. Now we have an opportunity to really look at this from a different angle. There were over 3,000,000 black children born in the year 2000 many are now in the first grade, in only 12 years they will be considered legal adults. Now the question is what will become of the class of 2018? Are we really trying to prepare for their future? Are we doing all that is required to make their lives better by providing them with all the tools and resources that it is required for them to become productive adults and useful not only to themselves but the communities in which they live. I am not down playing the children who was born before or after 2000 this can relate to all elementary school age black children (for all our children are important). We who are adults right now should insist on setting solid standards that can provide these children with all the tools and resources that they need. We do not know if there will be a year 2018 considering all of the mess that is going on in the world. But if there is going to be a year 2018 are we doing what is required to raise a strong solid future for these kids? Or are we going to continue to allow negativity to penetrate our lives and allow them to debate the same ills and issues that are affecting us today? In reality we know that all cannot be saved, simply because we have no control over the future. But what we do have at our disposable the will, tools and resources to help our future, do better, feel better and be better, not necessarily from a financial stand point, although this is important but to help them establish a solid foundation on all levels. Look we can continue to debate and point fingers and do all the things that we have done in the past, in all reality are either out dated our do not work at all. It is time to really take a deep look at this, for many of us may not be here 12 years form now. Today right now is a good time to find a doable and workable and agreeable plan to really help our children build a peaceful, powerful, and purposeful future for themselves as well as the family and communities. I hope that this go out with great force thought and purpose to those who feel the same. We all have a role to play in the future of our people. It is time to do the work that is required for this to happen. As a famous brother once said. “There can't be black, white unity until there’s black unity”. MALCOLM X It is time to get started. If not now when?