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The Secret Seven was an underground grassroots and social activist organization started at The University of New Frontier about 35 years ago.  In this group were Malcolm Xavier Forbes, Lydia Grant, Molefi Asante, Hadassah Hyacinth, Alison Aubrey, Henry Huey Freeman and Sterling Sharpe

The Secret Seven had two very strict rules in place to keep their identities as members of this group hidden.  First, they were never to be seen out in public together, nor could they acknowledge one another if they inadvertently crossed paths in public.  Second, they were never, ever to reveal their participation in the group, nor who comprised its membership.

The Secret Seven published an underground newspaper called The Minority Report and staged demonstrations of civil disobedience to protest such things as the Prison Industrial Complex, police racial profiling, and inner-city crime.  The Seven disbanded when member Huey Freeman was accidentally killed at a Peace Rally opposing an impending US war with a Middle Eastern country.  Fellow member, Alison Aubrey, was arrested at this same rally for refusing to leave his side.

The five remaining members had no money to bail Aubrey out of jail and none to give Freeman’s parents, impoverished farmers, for his burial.  Sterling Sharpe, a straight-A student, graduating senior and secretly, Aubrey’s lover, signed a two-year contract with the Id Corporation, a major industrial corporation and environmental polluter, to join their junior executive program after graduation.  He agreed to terms with the Id Corporation because they offered him a sizeable signing bonus: a bonus he used to bail Aubrey out of jail.

Sharpe’s signing with the Id Corporation caused immediate division among the remaining Seven who were dedicated to being environmental and poor people’s activists.  The six remaining members met to resolve their friction but arguing and infighting ensued.  With hard feelings, Sharpe resigned from the Seven, and Aubrey left with him.

Before the demise of their group The Secret Seven developed a thirty-year plan.  They vowed to excel in the private and public sectors of society, gather contacts and resources from those sectors, reunite in 25 years, and share those resources to do something extraordinary in the remaining five.

 

 

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