Eight minutes and forty-six seconds. That is exactly how long it took to take the life of George Floyd. And it was on that day that O.C. Mather was born as a writer. Initially outraged and not knowing exactly what to do, he wanted to protest but thought there had to be another way to get involved in what is the closest thing to a Black Power movement in over 50 plus years. O.C began to read, and research, and seek understanding through his history as written by other Black men, faith, his understanding of how the world worked for him as a Black Man for over 50 plus years and he wanted to be part of the movement and make a long term impact on what seemed to be an ongoing narrative for Black People. And that narrative was no matter how far they have come, they still have a long way to go. He decided to write a book about the one thing Black People need more than anything in this world, and that is true freedom to decide their own success and their own destiny. Through a series of essays that he compiled over a six month period, he developed what he calls his Points of Power for the Black Community. The intent of this narrative is to convey the message that Black People have something that is well within their control and that is their own Black Power. It is about rediscovering that which makes them resilient, strong, and powerful people who can do anything they choose once they put their minds to it. It is a primer on different areas that impact their lives daily and tries to push these points through candid dialogue that is a combination of break down, build up and enlighten where necessary. It is his hopes that while he does state the obvious and it is not rocket science, he presents his Points of Power in a way that every Black Man, Woman and young adult child can appreciate and utilize in their quest to be as successful as their own talents and abilities will allow. He is frank, blunt, and encouraging while making sure that he brings common sense solutions to what can seem a complex world to navigate, specifically as an African American. He has combined life lessons learned with stories passed down to him by ancestors and family friends to try to preach, teach and where appropriate, call you on your bulls#!+. The goal is to share his thoughtful insights on what it takes to have Black Power. He asks you to reflect, evaluate, and assess how the thoughts shared in this book can make a difference in your life to attain the Black Power you possess to be your best you. A semi-retired business operations executive and graduate of an HBCU (Historically Black College), Mather wants you to read his book, agree to disagree, discuss with your friends, and then decide how you can best take the nuggets provided to assist you in gaining your Black Power which ultimately is a state of mind.
September 24, 2020
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.26 inches | 0.38 pounds