BET's "Our Voices" hosted by Bev Smith featured Haki Madhubuti, Useni Perkins, Nkechi Taifa and Ronald Steele, discussing solutions to the then 25% incarceration rate for African American males, ages 20-29. Madhubuti said we need to rally around ideas. I suggested that that idea be reclaiming our natural history and heritage that we were forced to abandon to survive 240+ years of slavery; a history that can turn us away from prisons and self-destruction to education and self-preservation, but Bev didn't get it; she kept begging the question, no matter how much we answered. I think that Bev, like many before her and since, was was looking for a simple, sound-bite solution. Mar. 31, 1990.