Albany community leaders strive to restore black men’s sanity


ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Some leaders in Albany are striving to advance black history – mentally.

Activists James Pratt Jr. and King Randall spoke about their thinking and action on investing in the mental and intellectual health of black youth.

“Self-knowledge creates love for self and they will love each other once they understand where they’re from, who they really are, not what they’ve been taught,” Randall said.

This is the philosophy implemented by Randall and Pratt.

The duo strive to shed light on mental health issues within the black community while also tackling other issues that can be as simple as literacy.

Randall has created programs like “Silence is Violence” and he organizes an annual “I am Man” walk.

“We are going through a lot.

Schizophrenia, eating disorders, eating disorders, many other disorders, anxiety, nervous breakdowns, all that.

We don’t talk about these things and wonder why someone shoots someone because they hit their shoulder, ”Randall said.

Pratt said no progress can be made without addressing mental health issues in a community suffering from massive trauma.

“Dealing with those kinds of internal conversations, those within group conversations, helps us build a kind of political power that moves us forward,” Pratt said.

This, in turn, would help create a different, but necessary, conversation.

“We’re building new stories that dig even deeper into stories we haven’t explored in the depth we needed than we needed in the past,” said Pratt.

Pratt and Randall agree that this conversation is not just for African Americans, but for all races.

Coming together as one will only strengthen the nation as a whole.

“My biggest thing is to come out of yourself, to see the person’s experiences that may be unique to yours, that may show a different type of harm or type of violence that a person may experience, then I say come out of yourself look at another person’s experience through love, compassion and always seek to understand and be understood, ”said Pratt.

Randall also develops after-school programs focused on developing literacy and sports that lack black participation.

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