The Power of Networking

“There is a power and unity and strength in networking. I think networking is always relevant. And I think it is particularly relevant for Blacks because of our feeling of isolation.”
Alvin Pouissant, M.D.
(Success Runs in Our Race, 2004), p. 60 by George Fraser

Years ago, women had their quilting bees and sewing circles in order to form communities of support.This was the old way we networked. Somewhere along the line, though, women lost those connections. All types of problems from alcoholism to substance abuse to broken lives replaced the old quilting bees.

However, given the rise of the Internet, networking has taken on a renewed surge of energy.

Traditionally, networking has helped many people of color make business contacts, develop relationships and meet their professional goals. Now, networking is more important than ever. With our present economy, networking can help your business survive and thrive.

Can you join a group which supports your passion? Or even join a women’s or men’s group or a book club?

One Sunday I went to a book signing at Milligan Books (www.milliganbooks.com)where I found out about the Red Hat Society, which is a national organization (http://www.redhatsociety.com) for women.

This chapter, founded by Ruthie Hopkins (co-publisher of Pasadena Journal with her husband, Attorney Joe Hopkins) of http://www.pasadenajournal.com, hails from Pasadena . The women sported red hats and purple outfits and they came in and modeled for those present at the book signing. As a group, they were on their way to a play.

The prerequisite to joining the group was that the women had to be over fifty. The reason they wear purple and red is because after fifty you don’t care what people think. They say that the younger women can join the group, but those that join wear lavender and pink.

Anyhow, the women looked so excited as they modeled their outfits. What I saw in each eye was a gleam of satisfaction, a look of triumph–a stride that said that they had arrived. Childbirth, child rearing and sometimes marriages were behind them. Now they could deal with life on their own terms. And most of all, they were networking.

Networking is very important to building a business or helping you reach your dreams.

Personally, as a writer, I’ve been in a writer’s group since 1992. I also participate in Black Writers on Tour, Recycling Black Dollars, and many online communities such as Black Planet.com. Now I’m a member in a multi-racial group, the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society (GLAWS) as well.

As a race of people, we have always used networking. This is that special something which has helped get around the Old Boy System during Jim Crow, and even up to this day. Just look back at the Black Church, the Masons, the fraternities, the sororities, the NAACP, and other groups and see how they broke down the doors of separatism.

Now with the Internet, we have the power of global social networking groups we can join, such as facebook, twitter, myspace, ning groups, Black Planet and others. We are all stronger when we unite.

“I am because We are, and since We are, therefore, I am.”
John Mbuti





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Blog: Get-on-the-Bus Tour: A Trip to 3 Black Businesses in Los Angeles County on 7-22-17

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

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When we look around us, as African Americans, we see so many problems in the Black community we don’t know where to begin. Poverty. Homelessness. Mass incarceration. Police brutality. Murder.

So, where do we start to help fix some of the problems? Like Booker T. Washington said in his autobiography, Up From Slavery, we start where we are. To this end, Dr. Rosie Milligan, as the chairperson of the West Coast Supporters of the Harvest Institute (http://www.harvestinstitute.org/ (Harvestinstitue.org.) under the leadership by Dr. Claud Anderson,) spearheaded another “Get on the Bus” tour to 3 Black businesses on 7-22-17.

This is not the first tour, but this is better because we now have social media. In Dr. Claud Anderson’s book, Powernomics: The National plan to Empower Black People, (2001), he proposed that, as a race, we do business with our own kind, just as we did before integration. This is nothing new. This is exactly what we did when we were segregated in America before we drank the Kool-Aid that “The White Man’s Ice was Colder.”

When Blacks could only do business with one another, we had Black Wall street, Black hospitals, Black hotels, Black schools, Black grocery stores, and Black hair care industry, just to name a few. Unfortunately, Black businesses are failing at an alarming rate because of a lack of support from the Black community. Many Blacks now will buy the same products, only from another race.

In an effort to alleviate this problem, Dr. Rosie Milligan initiated The get-on-the-bus tour on 7-22-17. It involved shopping at 3 Black businesses in the Los Angeles County area. First, we went to a Black Beauty Supply place, A Girl Cave. 1856 w. Manchester. Inglewood CA. (323) 875 8116, next, Ms. Ann’s Boutique 2633 W. Manchester, Inglewood, CA (320) 738 9528, and last, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Owner Kia Patterson, 2175 West Rosecrans Ave., Compton, CA 90222 (310)668-5527.

What is different now is we have social media to help spread the word. Please contact the businesses listed above or post on your social media walls.

Remember. No one can save us, but us.

This was an exhilarating experience. Hope we do it again soon.

Along this mindset, you can also now order Black made products from www.buyblackmovement.com.

If you would like to launch a “Get on the Bus” tour in your city, contact Dr. Rosie Milligan at, 1425 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047. (www.drrosie.com.) 323-750-3592.

*Dr. Claud Anderson is a noted black author who has successfully implemented social and economic change throughout his career. His unique background of experience is reflected in PowerNomics: The National Plan. To implement the strategy of industrializing Black communities, he has established a vertically integrated seafood industry that is currently operating and will expand into urban areas across the nation. His company is one of the few black-owned companies to make stock available to the general public through an initial public offering. In addition to his most recent seafood project, he owns a vertically integrated publishing company and was one of the first blacks to own a radio station in Florida.

Dr. Anderson headed two economic development corporations in Florida and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the head of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission. In that position, he worked with governors in the southeast states to develop and fund economic development projects, including seafood. He was Coordinator of Education for the State of Florida under Governor Rubin Askew during integration and has held a number of high-level positions in national and state politics. He is also President of The Harvest Institute, a black research, education and advocacy organization. He is imminently qualified to offer a plan to empower Black America.





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