It Takes a Village


“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” – African Proverb

Happy King Day everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your day with friends and families. Today commemorates an incredible individual whose convictions to see mankind whole drove him to step out to make a change for the better. I am grateful for his selfless courageousness. If were not for those like him, I’m sure today would be a much different reality for us all. Thank you Dr. King!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen many images of Dr. King portrayed on TV and publications alike, especially this time of year. Images that gives us a flattering glimpse of the minister and civil rights leader. However, recently there were very shocking images with King’s likeness embedded in twerk party flyers circulating all over the web. Twerk party flyers—REALLY?! Yes, really.

At first glance, I was pretty irritated at what I felt was extremely disrespectful, but then I wanted to understand why. Not long after, I was able to find the interview with Dr. King’s daughter Dr. Bernice King, where she too expressed her disappointment, not only to those who created the unflattering imagery of her beloved dad, but her disappointment in our society for the lack of instructing and training to prevent the knowledge gap ignorance has filled. Dr. Bernice expresses “I’m sad, really, that it’s come to the point where there’s a generation that has no appreciation and understanding for what my father stood for…It just suggests to me that we’ve got a lot of work to do to reach them to make the connections.” She goes on to say “We’re going to have to figure out how to go where they are…into their places where they hang out.”—Well said!!! As adults, it’s our job is to train the younger generations, but somewhere along the way, we fell asleep behind the wheel and now we have this great collision before us that we must clean up.

“How can we be angry with the young for their lack of knowledge if we haven’t taught them?”

Picture this…a child lacking guidance. When that child grows up, the only attribute that will change is the external; being a child trapped in an adult’s body with a childish nature and approach to life. How can we be angry with the young for their lack of knowledge if we haven’t taught them? We are responsible to reach out and teach them to replicate the knowledge and wisdom that was passed down to us. Whatever unique piece of the puzzle we hold as parents, guardians, ministers, teachers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc. must be given to complete the wholeness in the world God intended for us to thrive. This covers everything that pertains to life including natural and spiritual principles.

“Our youth are hungry so let’s feed them!”

For us to go on with our everyday lives ignoring the importance of youth develop is just as bad as a parent only preparing meals for themself while their children remain unfed. If our society lacks anything, it is not the fault of the youth, we must look to ourselves to see where we’ve missed the mark and quickly get aligned with the charge we were given. Our youth are hungry so let’s feed them! This is not a job for a select few, but all of us making a collective effort for an outcome to heal and restore order back into our world.

Your partner in this journey,
Didi Hayden

P.S. Check out this great link for the Young, Anointed and Empowered Project headed by a great friend of mine making an impact in the lives of youth:

[Source of Dr. Bernice King’s video can be viewed at:]


2 Comments Add yours

  1. kimmiec64 says:

    This is so true, we have to teach our younger generation because they are “Generation Next” the next leaders for this country. If we don’t do it how would they learn!


  2. Kiarra Reid says:

    Another great post Di! You hits some very valid points…we must teach our youth.


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