COURAGE - OPTIMISM - HOLD ON!
Welcome to the NASPAAM web page!
My installation as President of NASPAAM occurred at the
Board retreat June 26, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. The following paragraphs are a summary of my Platform Address.
Maya Angelou said that courage
is the most important virtue because without it, one can’t practice any other virtue consistently. I began the speech
with a genuine commendation to each Board member, present or absent because each had the courage to serve NASPAAM in various
ways. In 1972 our founders marched to Morehouse College to organize. In 2014 I asked each Board member to join me by courageously
restoring the best of NASPAAM from the past, and wisely changing as we march toward the future.
Optimism is the key word
for a successful international association of volunteers who believe that they can create a better world through positive
action in their communities. Overflowing with optimism, I clearly stated eleven goals in my vision for the future of NASPAAM,
a professional music organization of volunteers. Although change takes time, NASPAAM Board members are serving on committees
to accomplish these goals. I believe that NASPAAM will become more productive and well-known during my two-year term.
The NASPAAM tradition includes
42 years of preserving, promoting, and advancing African American music and musicians. If you are interested in our mission
and programs, we encourage you to join our organization. New members are always welcome. In concluding my Platform Address,
I asked NASPAAM Board members to revitalize and refocus with courage and optimism. Hold On. An anonymous sage said, “When
you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and HOLD ON!”
The most inspirational section of my Platform
Address was the ending when I asked Board members to join in singing a spiritual (without rehearsing...without a conductor...everyone
knew it...four -six part harmony...mezzo piano...with feeling).
Keep your eyes on the prize,- Hold on!