Incorporating “The Dream” into his ministry, Edwards was able to free his entire congregation from welfare. Collectively pooling their resources together, the people were able to purchase convenient stores, meat processing plants, restaurants, motels, mechanic shops, a shopping center, a Boutique, a Christian Academy, over 4,000 acres of land and built their own communities.
The concept of owning land being an earthly power is the greatest weapon toward freedom. When you own land, you have the freedom to build and govern as you seem fit without interference from the outside. Of course,
Edwards often quotes an old African Proverb,
“A man can’t stand, unless, he stand on his own land,” as a way to exemplify the fact that “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Spirit of Sankofa expresses: Taking from this particular concept...the church was the first business of the African American in this country. The church business was to help and create businesses and jobs for the poor. Out of the church emerge the first Black Bank. Many of us don't know because of our countributions to this country are erased or not spoken of...especially in the Black communities. On the job training, teaching our young pulling together at least for a common goal. What great significant does these entertainers that we glorify have to do with the BLACK ECONOMY....It's time for us to stop relying on others to pull us out of a hole. Instead let's emerge into businesses and work hard to buy land to cultivate it!
George Washington Carver taught farming techniques for self-sufficiency and believed that when you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
Some of the members of REACH for years have enjoyed the pleasure of farming. We have grown hundreds of acres of crops, such as corn, collard and turnip greens, peas, and watermelons.