Leaders of the Free World believes that international experiences can change lives, perhaps even save lives. Many black men report their international experience as being one that completely changed their perception of the world and of themselves. They saw themselves not only an American citizen but as global citizen capable of so much more than what they had known up to that point.
In 2012, Nicolas B. Aziz wrote an article entitled, "Why The World Needs More Traveling Black Men". In it, he discusses the imperative for black men and their supporters to see traveling as more than just a "frivolous" expense by whites.
Aziz points out that the these international experiences can have long-term benefits in personal development and life-long learning. In the article he talks about his own experiences as a frequent traveler and the reason why more black men should go abroad.
"As someone who has traveled extensively and been able to see the effects of abroad experiences firsthand, I can say that it is imperative that we promote them; not only for the sake of African-American men, but for the sake of the world."