The Great Cultural Narrative:

The Story About The Future!

A few days ago, while parking my car in front of a
building in Orange NJ, a lady who was parked
behind us called out and asked, “Did Springfield
Acura place an ad in your magazine yet?” I answered,
“As a matter of fact they did reach out to us last week.
We’re negotiating a monthly advertising schedule. ”
She explained, “I just purchased this car and I told the
manager that they should be advertising in The Positive
Community.” . . . And for that, my friend, we are most
grateful. Yes, advocacy is the key; advocacy works!

With much humility, editor Jean Nash Wells, myself
and The Positive Community family express sincere
thanks to you—our readers, the faith institutions and
our advertisers for their advocacy. Through God’s
grace and mercy; your encouragement, support and
goodwill, TPC will enter into its 20th year of publishing
“Good News from The Church and Community”
as of September, 2019. Our magazine’s editorial policy
advocates education, health; economic and business
development; cultural integrity and community progress.
Quality relationships and quality service matter.
We must all continue to speak up for and on behalf of
our own collective interests and community goals. As I
see it, advocacy is really about the business of the future!

The Beloved Community
If you would, just ponder the following thought for a
moment . . . Imagine if you could through the mind’s
eye; try to capture a vision of your children’s children
and that of their children’s grandchildren. Imagine
the ideal future, far beyond our years; a future of prosperity,
health, happiness, peace and goodwill for our
descendents, whom we’ll never know; who will only
think of us as ancestors. Imagine a generation with a
proud heritage; demonstrating an ever-present hunger
for truth, and an unquenchable thirst for righteousness.
This is a story about the future—the beloved
community!

And together we can achieve this vision of real and
lasting intellectual, creative and social progress. But
we must deal with the realities of our present times.
Today we find ourselves in the midst of a looming crisis
in spiritually and culture in this country, particularly
within the African American ethnic community. Just
look at the image of our young people in popular media.
In so many ways we have allowed ourselves to be
portrayed to the world as backward, soulless, antisocial
and immoral. This is not who we are—a false narrative!

A Gift that Keeps On Giving!
In spirit and in truth, we are the people of the Cultural
Narrative; the people of God. First written in 2012,
to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Great
Emancipation, The Cultural Narrative is the story of our
American freedom journey condensed into just 281
words. Ideally, every forward-thinking individual, family,
school and institution of faith should own or possess
this important historical document—a positive, life-affirming
response to today’s negative trends in popular
music and culture!

For best results, encourage young people to read it
before adults or their church congregation. The Cultural
Narrative is designed to be read out loud. It must
be spoken; it must be heard. Parents, grandparents
and family members are to see to it that our children
learn and speak the Cultural Narrative often. Speak it in
the home, in classrooms, in churches and other houses
of worship; at family reunions; back yard barbeques;
community and social events, weddings, etc.

Available now, a 19 x 25 inch poster of the Cultural
Narrative. It’s yours to own for just $10.00; two for
$15.00. The investment will pay dividends one thousand
fold when you teach it to a young child and in
return, they speak it back to you and to others. It’s a
gift that keeps on giving!

Frame this poster and proudly display it on the walls
of your home, place of business, the classroom, in your
houses of worship; in barbershops and beauty salons.
For just $10.00, you too will become a valued contributor
to the story about our future!

Call us today, 973-233-9200 or email,

Adrian@thepositivecommunity.com or visit our website,
thepositivecommunity.com. Bulk deliveries in
time for Watch Night service, MLK Observances and
for Black History Month.

The very best to all in 2019! Happy New Year!