Posted on February 21 2019
The 2060s Project is the brainchild of Ralph Harper, author, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and business owner. This initiative was derivative from Mr. Harper book, titled Own the Change – A Values-Based Plan to Prepare our Future Leaders. Mr. Harper is firm in his belief that since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, there has been minimal focus placed on strategies to enhance the life experiences of Black American and underserved children in the United States.
Harper was inspired to write Own the Change in the early months of 2017 after watching one of Martin Luther King’s speeches on YouTube. Harper considers the content of the speech profound. With his powerful, expressive voice, King said to a group of men in a small church (paraphrased)…
“Believe in yourself and believe that you’re somebody. Nobody else can do this for us, no document, no Lincoln-sonian Emancipation Proclamation can do this for us. No Kenne-sonian or John-sonian Civil Rights Bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free, he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of self-asserted manhood his own Emancipation Proclamations.”
It is clear, King is touting notions of accountability.
Harper once said… “It seems Dr. King’s words have become forever etched into my memory bank.”
Ironically, the speech content also serves as a grim reminder had King not been assassinated, the entire Black American community and our country would be situated in a far better predicament today. In his speech, King was reminding Black Americans and the whole United States citizenry of their individual and collective accountability to own their destiny, the future of our children and the future of our country.
Own the Change covers the continuum from the 1860s (freedom) to the 1960s (equality) to the 2060s (accountability). Most of the book-content touts the complicated responsibility of adults/parents to appropriately guide young children to the future – fifty years from now to the end of the 2060’s decade. Own the Change features seven REWARDS life principles that need to be instilled within the minds and souls of our young children starting at age three – Reading, Education, Work, Accountability, Respect, Duty and Saving money while being financially astute.