Written by Melvin Lorenzo Kelly of the AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS PROJECT
The purpose of the African American Business Project is to promote African American economic empowerment in the United States of America, for present and future African American generations (By any means necessary legally). Volunteers needed.
Out of the approximately 1.3 trillion dollars African Americans collectively earn in the United States annually only 138 billion dollars is returned in profit, something is wrong with those figures. Let’s communicate related to the money.
Please come and go with me on a short journey related our economic independence in the United States, the Glory Food Company and the Campbell Soup Company
In regard to my proposed nationwide urban revitalization project, it’s a project to be contended with through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development by law.
My question to you it: is it alright for our government to spend trillions of dollars rebuilding America’s infrastructure but at the same time forget about our urban environments that sit below sea level because of climate change.
The Coronavirus documentary started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has been scientifically proven to be a virus that spread from animals to humans. The virus is found in dogs, cats, bats, etc.…
As African Americans we need to collectively manufacture and grow our own food, livestock, and stop eating from strangers, and teach this method to our children.
The Campbell’s Soup Company has one of its main headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, founded by Joseph A. Campbell in 1869. The Company also owns and manufacture a numerous amount of brand name products such as; Cape Cod, Goldfish, Kettie, Lance, Latejuly, Milano, Pace, Pacifis Foods, Pepperidge Farms, Prego, Snyder’s, Spaghettios, Swanson, etc.…
Unlike the “Goya Food Company,” if you have never been in the Northeast you have no idea of what I am about to say. The company Goya produces 2,200 products and every product is labeled “Goya”. Even though they may support other Hispanic / Latino food brands.
Now the “Glory Food Company” which was an African American owned company started by William F. “Bill” Williams and three partners. Is now owned and operated by the McCall Farms.
The McCall Farms for 20 years on and off were co-packers for Glory Foods. Even though the Glory Food Company is no longer African American owned. The growing process and packaging of our own food should be a major operational operation recognized, to compete with our competitors from the store shelf in the United States.
Being that my newsletter reaches the faculty and staff of 37 out of the 107 Historical Black Colleges and University’s there is one question I would like to ask; is there a curriculum within your schools that teaches college student how to building mass production food processing machinery and equipment? Such as caning, bakery products, meat packing, potato chips, ice cream, etc., within your science, technology, engineering and math departments robotically.
In the Bible in the book of Leviticus 11: 1-47, God gave the Israelites instruction on the food that they should consume in the world once freed from slavery among strangers and idol worshipers.
The Bible speaks about all kinds of foods and anti-oxidants such as seasonings, spices and herbs, fruits and nuts, dairy products, vegetables and legumes, and animal meats (calf, goat, lamb, sheep, and venison). God specifically notates how some food were clean and unclean in this chapter. For more info about food in the Bible go to; www.learnreligions.com/foods-of-the-bible.
Now when African Americans were enslaved then freed from slavery they had a menu of foods some people call it “slave foods” and others called it “soul food.” In slavery they ate parts of the meat that the slave owners didn’t want like pigs feet, pig ears, salted pork, hog maw’s, chitterlings, chicken feet, cow tongue and other entrails of various animals. In their personal gardens slaves also grew lima beans, pole beans, cabbage, collards, corn, squash, onions, peanuts, black-eyed, potatoes, pumpkins, etc. Farming should be a part of every African Americans nature. I know a lot of African Americans are still eating slave food today, and any foods that cause diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and hypertension is no good.
The best book I ever read related to food for African Americans is entitled “How to Eat to Live” written by the Hon. Elijah Muhammad in the early 1960’s. Check it out.
In the year 1988 Grammy Award winner Anita Baker recorded a song entitled “Giving you the Best I Got.” Even though this song was about a romantic relationship, this is how we should feel towards God and one another, we should want to give God our best. This is how we should feel regarding the food we eat. This is how we should feel towards our children, we should want them to have the best. No more second class citizenship.
When we depend on our food supply from companies in China, Mexico, etc….. we really don’t know what we are consuming. We need to build our own food companies. We need to build more Black Banks. We need to invest in farming. We need to pray to God for direction.
Well, for me it is time to move on to plan “B” and I will share more information about plan “B” with you in my next newsletter. Politically we are divided into legislative districts, but economically we need to unite nationwide in order to obtain our economic independence in the United States. Sometimes it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel, all we have to do is get the ball rolling. During the 1960’s it was the civil rights movement, here in the year 2020 the next step up the ladder should be economic empowerment. Let’s leave our best for future generations of African Americans.
I hope you enjoyed this newsletter,
Melvin Lorenzo Kelly