I’ll tell the truth. In the original version of this project, it was called the Camelot Project. That was until I saw The Black Panther. In Black Panther, I saw the Camelot Project “In Color”. Camelot was black and Camelot was called Wakanda.
A reviewer for the New York Times called Camelot "a glorious dream of the Middle Ages as they never were but as they ought to have been, an inspired and exhilarating mixture of farce, fantasy, psychological insight, medieval lore and satire all involved in a marvelously peculiar retelling of the Arthurian legend." In contrast to traditional versions of the Arthurian legend, which celebrated knighthood and chivalry and portrayed Arthur as a brave warrior, White’s modern version pointedly criticized war, militarism, and nationalism. White presented King Arthur less as a brave warrior and military leader than as a peacemaker who tried (but failed) to subdue the war-making passions of mankind.
Here we find ourselves in Wakanda. A mythical place where knights are replaced by Black Panthers and chivalry is alive and well. A place of peace; the absence of war and militarism. The Wakanda Project is a project about power. Power used correctly. Powered used to raise up, not tear down; power to build up, not throw away. The Wakanda Project is a place of Faith, Unity, Purpose, Creativity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility and Cooperative Economics.
The Wakanda Project is not about a fantasy though. The Wakanda Project is about a future!
The Wakanda Project is where we believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle (Imani). It is where we define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves (Kujichagulia). It is where we build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together (Ujima). It is where we strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race (Umoja). The Wakanda Project is where we make it our collective vocation the building and developing of our community (Nia); where we build and maintain our own stores, shops and other business and where we share in the profits (Ujamaa). The Wakanda Project is where we vow to do always as much as we can, on the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it (Kuumba).
Explore with me, if you would. The Wakanda Project has three core components:
- The BSU Experience
- Character Development
- Freedom School
If we build it…