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Dear Afrikan-Amerikan Family

Posted by Donald Evans
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on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 in Naafra - Connecting and Making Families Stronger

My name is Dr. Donald R. Evans, Sr., a man who has spent his first 26 years of my adult life serving in the Armed Services of the United States. I left the military four years shy of 30 years, which would have been my retirement point. However, my burning desire to obtain a college education led to my premature departure. 

On a quest seeking mission to find “self” and my place as an Afrikan born in Amerika, I ventured to obtain a degree in Afrikan-Amerikan studies with a minor in history. The knowledge that I obtained would give me the foundation by which I could easily find answers to questions that had long given me grief as a Black man in this country. Therefore, I need you, my beloved viewer, to understand that this posting isn’t to tell my life story, but to help you to understand my plight and why it is such a pressing matter. We seek all Afrikan-Amerikan families who sponsor and hold reunions (whether they be annual, bi-annual or sporadic) as a part of your existence as a Black family, to become joined with all other Black Reunion families across our great nation.

THUS, OUR APPEAL IS AS FOLLOWS:

Several fellow Afrikan-Amerikans, working with me, have put our minds together to begin building on an idea that was born in my spirit at my last family reunion, which was held August 9-11, 2012 I Fordyce, Arkansas. The idea was to organize a movement to link all “reunion families” together into an organization that would provide the Afrikan-Amerikan family its own national organization. This would give us a national voice to our families that would enable us to address our concerns in a way that they have not been addressed since our departure from physical bondage.

The name of the organization is, “The National Afrikan-Amerikan Family Reunion Association (NAAFRA), and our website is www.naafra.org.

Our first priority is to get the attention of families and invite them to come to our website and register with us so that we would know that you stopped by and also, so that you can check out what it is that we are seeking to accomplish and facilitate at absolutely NO FEE to you!

After making a strong statement for Black families during this last election, understanding our lasting purpose immediately got underway. Giving total focus to getting all of our families signed on as NAAFRA members, we began this goal immediately after the last vote was cast.

On the very next day after the election, on my 85th birthday, we sent out over 500 press releases, e-mails, faxes and made numerous phone calls, informing the public that NAAFRA was here to make a difference. With you walking alongside NAAFRA, in building the strongest Black Family organization across the nation, we could truly make a difference. We cannot forget the blood and sweat of our ancestors on this land and such an approach is much needed.

How could any conscious-minded Afrikan born in this land not live it with all his/her heart? Black Amerika needs NAAFRA, and all Black Amerikans need to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and speak in a collective voice for those issues that are important to our people: unemployment and underemployment, rising tuition keeping our kids from having a chance to attend quality schools, more support for Black colleges and universities, rising drug abuse in our communities, teen pregnancy rates, HIV/AIDS, poor health care – and so on. 

These are but a few of the issues facing us and that we will be able to address through NAAFRA> Once we are the organization we have the potential to be, when you and others have joined, we can become an unsinkable phenomenon! 

If you are indeed willing to dedicate a portion of your life into making this journey into the change we seek and need, let us know by contacting NAAFRA with your thoughts, time and energy!!!

Much solidarity,

Dr. Donald R. Evans, Sr. 

 

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Dr. Donald Ray Evans, Sr. is a twice retired civil servant, with degrees. One in Africana Studies and the other in Sociology. As a 26 year military (Air Force) man and 21 year postal carrier (Retired) Donald Evans, Sr. earned an Honorary Doctorate from Stephens Bible College in Theology. He is a Life member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and a recipient of their Medgar Evers Humanitarian Award. Dr. Evans' accomplishments are too numerous to list here.

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