Catrina Latrice Williams
April 14, 2014
Black Consciousness is rising all over America, especially in Charleston, SC. God’s people has been crying out from lack of knowledge and empowerment ever since they arrived in the 1600’s. Only a few know that Jamestown, VA, and Charleston, SC is where most of the first Africans were shipped to for slavery. Just because we were born into slavery doesn’t mean we have to die in slavery.
That’s exactly why I must share my first experience attending an African consciousness event on April 8, 2017, in Moncks Corner, SC. It was called the Paradigm Shift: Mind, Body, and Soul hosted by Afrikan Konciousness Koalition. This event was mindblowing. There were lyricist artist performances by Yasser Ase and Kween Katt. Their performance lyrics was the epitome of raising awareness to our people about respect and love for one another. It reminded me that we are all Kings and Queens.
The vendors provided knowledge, resources, and tools about using natural products without all the chemicals that are bad for our skin and body. One vendor that stuck out to me was about Holistic health and Foods by Chef Shekira Levins. She helped me realized that eating a lot of fast food and processed foods are harming our mind, body, and spirit. I was so touched by her funny, powerful speech, I went on a meat fast for five days. There was even free food provided for everyone. Dj Nynjah was on the 1’s and 2’s giving the people fun, clean music as we waited for the Keynote speaker of the evening.
When we thought it couldn’t get any better, that’s when the keynote speaker Mr. Derrick Grace II came on stage. Many know him from the Facebook video that went viral of his intelligent children speaking great knowledge at a very young age. I can honestly say they are the smartest children I have met in my lifetime so far. Derrick sat down and gave a lecture that would change you and your children’s life forever. I was so honored to take in all his knowledge, we didn’t realize three hours had passed by. I highly recommend buying his book, Unlearn and Relearn: Child Curriculum Vol 1. You can do so by going to derrickgracetwo.com.
The Afrikan Konciousness Koalition hosted this liberating event to re-educate Black people on healthy living, natural products and educating our youth. I didn’t realize how much awareness I would gain by attending this powerful event.
A big shout goes to Candace Pringle, Anita Pringle, Trena Bryant, Jessica Gathers and Pastor Cleo and Co-Pastor Ronald Pringle for putting together such a loving, positive event for the community. I felt so much love and hospitality from the moment I arrived. I’m looking forward to attending many more of their events in the future.