To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection. The interplay of individuality and unity is not one of uniformity and unanimity imposed from above but rather of conflict among diverse groupings that reach a dynamic consensus subject to questioning and criticism. As with a soloist in a jazz quartet, quintet or band, individuality is promoted in order to sustain and increase the creative tension with the group—a tension that yields higher levels of performance to achieve the aim of the collective project.
Cornel West, Race Matters
Breaking.It.Down is an online community started by black students for black students aspiring towards higher education. It is our goal to ease the challenge of balancing school, work, community involvement and fun. Therefore, Breaking.It.Down is a movement, one in which black students, from different backgrounds, schools and environments work together to break down barriers and achieve our goals.