Remembering Wisdom Ep. 2

“The People of Issachar understood the times and knew what God’s people should do.”  I Chron. 12.32


In this episode we begin to unpack The Sankofa Way as we begin with wisdom. We touch on the people of Issachar who understood the times knew what to do; Booker T. Washington & W. E. B. DuBois and the need for a faithful few who pursue God’s wisdom for our people.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously…”  James 1

Let’s Connect!

What would you say is the greatest challenge Black America is facing?

What do you think is most difficult about being black and Christian in America?

Booker T. Washington or W.E.B. DuBois or do you see things differently?

Do you see a difference between of the concepts of The Talented Tenth and The Faithful Few?


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There are 5 thoughts below

  • Tyrone says:

    Good morning
    What did booker T mean by talented 10? I understand the water bucket analogy but confused in the talented 10.

    Tyrone Crawford

  • Tyrone,
    Post-slavery Booker T & W.E.B. DuBois had two competing views of how we as a people move forward. Booker T thought that the answer was in the masses. DuBois thought the answer was in an exceptional few. He thought that if we just had a Talented 10th they would lead the masses where we needed to go. Thus, DuBois thought we needed to focus on developing this 10th, primarily through education.

    As a rapper/hip-hop artist yourself I’m sure you are familiar with Sho Baraka’s most recent album by the title, “Talented X th”–He’s drawing upon these concepts from a Christian perspective.

    Helpful? How can I clarify more?

    Who do you think was correct?


  • Tyrone says:

    So does this mean that Dubois was saying only a talented tenth of people in the world are needed to move forward and lead the masses that booker t was talking about?

  • Tyrone

    DuBois wasn’t thinking worldwide, rather he was focused upon Black people in this country post-slavery. He thought that our future needed to be put in the hands of a select few.


  • Tyrone says:

    got it! Just did a little research and learned about the talented 10th as well as the Atlanta Compromise.

    Booker T had to make a tough decision for blacks in those days. But Dubois wasn’t feeling it. He felt we should have education and equality etc.

    1 out of every 10 black men could impact the masses I think was good but today we have lost sight of community and focused on on self.