The key to the success and growth of the AOUC is the unification of our citizens.

Regardless of our religious, social, political, or economical standing, we owe it to ourselves, our family and our community to help strengthen it.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In order to be a Successful Team, we must be willing and able to strengthen the weakest link in our chain. The weak link may be the elderly, it may be someone fresh out of prison, a homeless person, a lost or hungry child. We must strengthen all of them. This is and should be our responsibility not that of the government.

In his 1961 inaugural address President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

The great soul singer James Brown said, “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Just open up the door. I’ll get it myself.”

This is the attitude that we as a nation must have. If we are going to make it, we must come together As One and tell the government to get out of our way. We got this.

“When the Slaves come together, that will be the beginning of getting out of slavery. In the case of the oppressed and poor people of the world, when we come together this will be the beginning of us getting out of oppression”.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 3, 1968

Dr. King went on to say that “individually we are poor but collectively we are richer than all the nations of the world with the exception of nine…”

All we need to do is know how to pool it. Dr. King called for a direct action plan. If you feel as I do, it’s time we take a stand together. It’s time we unify. Not just in words but in deeds.