DRAGON FIST MANIFESTO
Once upon a time called NOW there was a man
The man is young, gifted and black
The man knows his youth will fade
Gifted and black are his forever
The man’s ancestors taught him that in order to nourish his soul, he needs to express all that he is…Mind, Body, Heart!
The man knows that when he expresses his giftedness at the deepest level, he experiences deep satisfaction and blissful joy. Time stands still and focus comes effortlessly. The man calls this place of satisfaction “The SOULzONE”. It is here where the man’s mind, the man’s body, and the man’s heart are ONE!
His ancestor’s vision
His ancestor’s commitment
His ancestor’s struggle
His ancestor’s hope and even
His ancestor’s failures
form the foundation on which
the man is building his life and his legacy
The man honors his ancestors by forming coalitions like the ones they formed. The man’s ancestors formed coalitions that allowed them to achieve more than they would have achieved from their solo effort alone. Like solo fingers balled into powerful fists, the man’s ancestors' collaborated and punched holes through their own limitations and the perceptions of others who doubted them. With these same fists they clutched hammers of opportunity and nailed the 2 by 4’s of life together to build legacies worth inheriting.
The man’s ancestors’ teamed up
to change their world
and the world around them
The man walks in this knowledge
The man walks in this wisdom
Each step the man takes
is backed by generations of
sacrifice and struggle
The man’s very life is the dividend being paid out for the investment of the ancestral warriors that came before him
The man’s very life is a continuation and extension of that investment because there are boys and girls right now looking up to the man
Maybe you know the man or one like him
If not, allow me to introduce him:
His name is Derrick Jerome Brice Jr.
His name is Kelly Darnell Garth
His name is Guy DeJohn Jackson
His name is Jason Jerome Mcgehee Jr.
His name is Richard Davis Smith
His name is Christopher Dominique Stone
His name is Allen Tramaine Survillion Jr.
His name is Aiden Ahad Tatum-Massey
You are the product of so much hope and the source of so much more
You are THE MAN!
You are the 8 fingers of two fists
The thumb of legacy clasps one fist
The thumb of destiny clasps the other
The love of the jump merges the fists into one
and DRAGON FIST takes flyte!
With power like this
We rise above every challenge
We rise above every disagreement
We rise above every distraction
We rise above every temptation
to choose down instead of choosing up
We rise above judgment of others
We rise above their judgment of us
We rise above it all
Thrust your fist in the air and let’s RISE!