1) Study, master the fundamentals of every area of life and living.
2) Be clear on principles. Never straddle the fence. Never sell your soul. Set high standards. In doing so, you will be better able to know how to deal with others, various people and in various situations.
3) Seriously understand what you are up against. Know what time it is, what conditions you face, what you have and what they have. Prepare meticulously. African people have generally not taken revolution seriously, nor have we taken seriously what must be done to correct our historic problem.
4) Never be without a book. Study all of the time; apply what you understand to real life situations and sum up your experiences. We need to learn how to use our time well. The majority of the preparation for something/anything really happens long before it actually happens. Years go into revolutionary ideas; decades go into winning revolutionary organization.
5) We must carry ourselves respectfully, with dignity, firmness, heart, toughness, intelligence, fierce determination, and self respect. We should not fear anyone or anything. Death comes to us all; the essential question, however, is how we lived.
6) African people need to prepare ourselves intellectually through serious study, planning, work, deeds. Know how to run institutions of higher learning, organizations on a national level, moral systems. Obtain the highest degrees possible, where possible. We must learn how to do things. Stop crawling around with religions and establish scientific preparation as a basis for measuring understanding—not speculation, superstition, and silly mysticism.
7) Generally speaking, African people must be upright, and decent people. We must be known as such through our deeds. Work hard and be consistent and serious in our studies and actions. Be on time, upright, upstanding, consistently excellent speech and action. Get rid of the silly/dependency trappings of slavery, especially the names, holidays, clothes, hair, values, beliefs, religions, calendars, architecture, family relationships, diets, food, and other cultural hang-overs.
8) We must develop and implement a necessary and firm moral basis; stop crawling, get up from our knees, face difficulty with focus and determination. Don’t flinch, stutter, hem and haw or stammer when facing danger.
a. Draw lessons and parallels between the fundamentals to other things/efforts.
b. In so doing, you can then free up the mind, heart, and hands for other things; and are able to think fluidly about other things, situations, etc.
9) We must be consistent in our discourse, not shifty, sneaky, two faced, or/and slick. We must excel academically, intellectually, and morally as early as children. While young, we must work hard, be organized, clean, efficient, precise, and thorough.
10) African people generally value people who have not done anything of substance for our race. We value flash, flare, fashion, appearance, talking, jiving, and all of the characteristics and habits that contribute to our persistence as fodder and soft/ignorant playthings for populations who use us daily.
To move forward we must value people, characteristics, and habits that value morality and intellect; that value design and construction rather than taking whatever is handed-out. Discipline ourselves to constantly study ourselves, admit and correct mistakes, and extract lessons from observations. Too much sleep (too much sleep walking) wastes brain cells and lives.
11) Our work ethic must be precise, rigorous, disciplined organized, focused to that even if/when our specific purpose is unknown, high standards are already in place that can still do what is necessary at a high level.
12) Our historical relationship with populations who take advantage of us has been and continues to be antagonistic. This fury possesses a potential, a potency that properly channeled can (and will ultimately) radically change the course of our history. We can, and should sift through lessons from history and extract those that are meaningful and/or useful and adapt them to our historical realities and need.
13) Study groups, teaching teams, survival institutions, cooperatives, collectives, and mass organizations represent a useful forum within which African people can examine various issues and discuss them within the context of our history; extract the meaning, implications, lessons, etc.; explore possibilities; discuss the future of our race—locally, regionally, nationally, globally.
Discussions can include:
a. The history of our people, class, culture, generation, sex/gender—mistakes, lessons
b. Possibilities—what we can and must do; strategies; plans, etc.
c. Equitable distribution of wealth, resources, opportunities
d. How to build an educational system to prepare people to respond to demands of society
e. Political, economic independence from oppressors
14) Participation in a study group can provide the necessary philosophical, theoretical, and methodological preparation for later work. Regardless of whether or not one is involved in a study group, it is imperative that the preparation work continues.
15) Need to work out understanding of what was, what is, and what shall be with a cadre of forward thinking, like-hearted Africans.
16) Constantly read, constantly study, summarize, analyze, synthesize and critique information.
a) We must be bold, fluid, forceful, deliberate, unwilling to be stopped. Do the impossible, go beyond the acceptable of who we have been. Be relentless, tenacious, absolute. Through our deeds, we must send a loud and clear message that we will not continue to crawl around. To turn the table we must be audacious.
b) We must be the opposite of what we have been in history. End being a flunky that everyone knows they can enslave at anytime because our race since the fall of African KMT has allowed itself to be comfortable enslaved/beatdown/begging. The opposite of what has been permitted us to exist in this mess—shock, audacity, boldness. Sheer nerve will effectively turn the table in some cases.
17) Simplicity is important; it frees the mind, heart, and hands to deal with matters of substance. Transitionally, we wear culturally healthy uniforms, professional, clean, well kept.
18) Simplicity in speech is important as well. We can be people of few words. And when we do speak, what we say matters, it has meaning and substance. Speak little and only on substantive issues. Like wearing a lot of different clothes of different colors, talking bogs down the mind. At times, people are busy thinking and communicating on matters of little overall importance. Observe, study.
19) Seek to improve environments and institutions we go in, particularly African ones. See truth and justice at all times. One of our principles is to always leave places better than when we found them. We have taken the road of filth and disorganization in this larger context of white destruction. We must live and be the opposite. Clean up our organizations and environments.
20) We need to establish schools at all levels, particularly advanced learning (college/university level) in matters that train our people to do things, to design, build, and construct everything from buildings, houses, airplanes, energy plants, cars, factories, computers, economies, etc. We can and must train ourselves in philosophy and science.
21) Establish strong relationships and support among the people with whom we will work. Strengthen pedagogy such that the interests (realities) of students are linked with the qualities needed to move forward on a high level—we must work hard.
22) We must be demanding, precise, rigorous. To the degree that we possess these qualities, we can expect them from our students and people with whom we work. We must be the people that we encourage others to be. No double standards.
23) By taking our time with people, we can see how they really are, how they live, what has gone into producing them. When we go to the places that will ultimately serve as transition places, we first study them—their geography, political-economy, socio-cultural makeup of the people, etc. Spend time getting to know the population. Reading is one thing, seeing is another.
24) It is not only our fight, but our responsibility to change the flow of our history—historical duty.
25) To be a revolutionary, one must be a philosopher. Philosophy addresses the more fundamental questions of existence, of right and wrong, of morality and ethics, of flow and process. These fundamental matters must be worked out to build a society—can’t organize a civilization around a questionable moral system or one that has not addressed the basis, the rules of interaction.
26) Always give your best, be at your best when it matters most, stand tall, be strong, be honest, be humble, organized, prepared, focused, firm, fluid, determined, scientific, have integrity, have passion, be brave, be driven, unwilling to lose, unwilling to lay down, be great closers/finishers, be winners, willing to give everything to prevail in the end.
Those most prepared and most determined will always win in the end.