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The Poor Curriculum and Antiquated Buildings We Send Our Children to Today Mimic The Conditions Black Children Suffered Under in the Jim Crow South.

During Jim Crow, many of the schools attended by African Americans students had leaking roofs, sagging floors and windows without glass. They ranged from untidy to positively filthy, according to a study published in 1917.

If black children had any books at all, they were hand-me-downs from white schools.

How did our ancestors With So Much Less DO So Much More?

Black schools were overcrowded, with too many students per teacher. Black schools were more likely to have several grades taught together in one room, there were too few desks and black teachers did not receive as much training as white teachers.

There were limits on what black students could be taught in school as white school leaders did not want black children to be exposed to ideas like equality and freedom.

Carter G. Woodson told how some black children in Southern schools were not allowed to use books that included the Declaration of Independence or the U. S. Constitution. It was thought that because these documents stated that government should get its power from the consent of the governed, that reading them would confirm for African Americans that they were being denied the rights due to all citizens of the United States.

In spite of all the educational challenges that existed, the intestinal fortitude of our elders demanded that they would excel even in the face of blatant racism.

In reality little has changed for many black students even in the 21st century. The disparity between white and black schools, especially in terms of resources, is shocking. Although black students are no longer under a separate by equal status, the reality is that the underfunding of inner city schools, the lack of books, computers, qualified and caring teachers and necessary security, yields an educational system that is broken.

Education Advocate Speaks Out On Philadelphia School Budget Crisis. KYW Newsradio. The Philadelphia School District’s budget crisis has many families worried as summer draws to a close with the beginning of the school year up in the air. But a parent and education advocate says this is more than just about the.…

Anger frustration over Philadelphia schools funding crisis. 6abc.com. PHILADELPHIA August 8 2013 WPVI Parents and students we spoke to say they are at a loss to understand why the Philadelphia public school funding crisis hasn’t been resolved yet. There is anger even outrage that the school district unions and.…

When I hear statements from Philadelphia parents like…

We are angered, even outraged, that the school district, unions and government have allowed the financial crisis to reach this point…

This is really hard to believe for a developed nation…

I’m surprised it’s gone this long…

I am not surprised….

This is the Operation Budget of a Philadelphia Middle School for 2012-2014, as presented by the school Principal during parent teachers meeting.

2012-2013 BUDGET

BUDGETED TOTAL $2,166.500

TEACHER ALLOTMENT $1,522,500=15 TEACHERS

BASIC OPERATING ALLOTMENT $641,050

EC MONEY $2,950

TITLE 1 BUDGET

ALLOTMENT $142,376

PARENT INVOLVEMENT 10%

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 10%

2013-2014 BUDGET

BUDGETED TOTAL $1550.,400

TEACHER ALLOTMENT $1550,400=13.6 TEACHER

BASIC OPERATING ALLOTMENT $201,000

EC MONEY NONE!!!!

TITLE 1 BUDGET

ALLOTMENT $39,048

PARENT INVOLVEMENT 10%

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 10%

As you can see from these numbers, this school was terribly under-funded in the 2012-2013 school year. Compare those numbers to the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Over half the budget is cut!

This education system has never been our friend… It never has and it never will.

This system indoctrinates children from ages 5 to 16, punishes free-thinking, promotes and advocates followers and consumers, champions its defenders and silences dissenters.

Those who criticize the system are ridiculed and shunned, and those who present “new” evidence are ignored for the sole purpose of maintaining and propagating a STATUS QUO that it tantamount to a modern day Jim Crow.

We are trying to maneuver our way through an entangled web of systematic disenfranchisement and trying to make sense of a system that continues to turn on us. WE HAVE TO KNOW HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED!! It is a system of aggression, self-preservation and the seizing of opportunities at the expense of our children.

The greater portion of this fight for autonomy and self-definition exists within the mind. The so-called freedom that African-Americans today experience is a freedom that was carefully construed. It’s intent was not to enhance the African Americans sense of “nationalism”, but to control his destiny.”

“WAKE UP PEOPLE”

We must examine our role today. We need to assume the responsibility for education our children ourselves.

History shows the way in which we need to go. We must learn from what worked in the past, but we must also learn from what did not work. We owe it to future generations to strengthen them in a way that best prepares them to move forward with a spirit of excellence and pride for the survival of the race.

“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own self-hood, it can never fulfill itself.” Malcolm X

Question To Think About…

What is your contingency plan? (Even when the schools open, they will be understaffed and sub-par) What steps will you take to secure that your child/children will be properly educated? Is their a role of the black church? If so, what should it be? How can this setback be used to promote the use of African center curricula. How can we pool our economic resources to provide ancillary educational resources for our children?

Leave your comments below…

“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”Malcolm x

Review of Documentary 500 Years Later

– DVD 1:46

This is a composite picture of key ideas and universal challenges faced by African People at the beginning of the 21st Century. This is a multimedia presentation of major concepts, leaders, examples, legacy quotations, images, video clips, music, and speakers from all parts of the Continent and Diaspora who articulate evolving self-decolonization of a kidnapped/colonized people. It is presented from the perspective of a needed reconstruction and recovery from a global and historical calamity: massive invasion, kidnapping, and enslavement.

While content delivery and style are strengths, while it provides a framework to analyze and guide today’s individual /group thought and effort, it is also a very good introductory primer for initial learners. It gives a good beginning orientation to the major experiences and situations of an entire People, from all over the globe. Our different languages, geographic locations, dress, music, culture, lifestyles, and personalities are here in full variety. So too, are the different memories and motivations of a People with a unique, but common, history. These are internal conversations and aspirations that can set goals and unite All Nations: this is 21st Century PanAfricanism in digital mode.

Through this DVD we meet the people, see the history, see the concepts active in our lives, and travel across borders and cultures. We find more in common than we have differences: in our past, in our present, and in our future. This is an Afrocentric presentation which identifies points of agreement and downplays differences of location, language, religion, or citizenship.

European Slavery – different in purpose, scope, and lasting manifestations African Resistance to the Onslaught – on the Continent and in the Diaspora Slave Legacy – Continuing Psychological, Cultural, and Educational Colonization The African Man –Subordinated as father, Distorted as “gangster-rappers”

Reparations – Compensation for generations of capital gain; is it calculable, is it even possible?

Our Identity, Purpose, and Direction guide our choices:

“We are the only ones who can restore humanity back along the path that was set for us from Creation.”

Purchase the DVD here

ASCAC 30th Annual Ancient Kemetic Studies Conference

 

I was privileged to exhibit at this years conference.

ASCAC is the “Association For The Study of Classical African Civilizations”. The conference was held at the historic Howard University Blackburn Center in Washington, DC.

This years theme was “The Role of African Civilization in the African Renaissance”.

For the past 29 years ASCAC has provided the Pan African Global Family with a vehicle for obtaining knowledge of African Civilization and it’s importance to our contemporary lives. The focus of this years conference was “Intellectual Warfare”.

The goal of the conference was to restore and promote African values in an effort yo sustain humanity and the premise of liberation.

I was very humbled, having the chance to dialogue with some of the most renown scholars on the planet.

Me and Dr. Ben

Some of the prestigious attendees at the conference were Dr. Ben Jochanna, author of 49 books, primarily on Ancient Nile Valley civilizations and their impact on Western culture. Dr. Ben was educated in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. He earned degrees in Engineering & Anthropology. Although Dr. Ben has recently been experience the effects of early onset dementia, I will always respect him and cherish accomplishments.

Also attending was Professor James Small. Dr. Small has been and ASCAC member for 15 years and served as President of the East Region for 2 years. Prof. Small has taught at the City University of New York and for 17 years at in the Black Studies Department. Prof. Small has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the world. Recently he gave commentary in the phenomenal documentary, Hidden Colors.

He conducts educational tours throughout Africa and the United States.

“Got Melanin” Dr. Richard D. King, author of “African Origin of Biological Psychiatry”, “Melanin: Key to Freedom”, “The Black Dot” and many more books. For many years Dr. King has been a facilitator at The Aquarian Spiritual Society. Dr. King, MD practices Psychiatry in Los Angeles, CA. and holds degrees in Medicine, Psychiatry Education, Post Graduate Research Training, Ancient African Science of Mind, and the list goes on. Dr. King graduated with an MD 40 years ago.

There were just too many great folks there to include them all, but hopefully this little glimpse into the experience will whet your appetite. When time permits, I’ll post more…

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who supported me; to all who took the time to visit my booth, purchase products and especially “Like Me” on Facebook – HUGE thanks!

Finally, I heard your concerns about items you would like me to feature in my product line and will address all of these concerns in the coming weeks.

See you at the next event…

 

 

 

 

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