Teaching Black History in the 21st century
The very moment a child is exposed to their own history, a world of possibilities presents itself. It is essentially, the knowledge of one’s past that paves the way for one’s future. While there’s no doubt that the historical footprint of African Americans within these United States has been marred with pain, degradation and injustice. Notably however, there is also a footprint overflowing with accomplishment, triumph, strength, and value, reaching back from before Jamestown 1619 through to this present day.
Through our black history presentations, educational programs and lectures, Grandmothers Who Help is determined to replace the barrage of negative images pressed upon black youth in almost every aspect of today’s society, and the lack of inclusion within US History lessons taught throughout schools across this nation. We work with teachers, librarians, churches and community organizations to create an experience that for one child builds pride and for another creates bridges of understanding.
We are determined not only to use black history as lessons of the past, but also as a resource to connect to the future. Our presentations bring full exposure to current and historical figures who make up a long lineage of scientist, educators, politicians, civil rights leaders, musicians, inventors, doctors, domestic workers, and entrepreneurs. Those whose contributions are not only woven within the fabric of these United States, but also played one of the most important roles in helping the United Stated of America become the economic powerhouse it is today.
Knowledge is power, and by opening up [their own] history to a black child, we are building in them self-awareness, pride and the permission to dream…to dream big!
Umoja (Unity): maintaining unity as a family, community, and race of people.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): defining, naming, creating, and speaking for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): building and maintaining our community—solving problems together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics: building and maintaining retail stores and other businesses and to profit from these ventures.
Nia (Purpose): work collectively to build communities that will restore the greatness of African people.
Kuumba (Creativity): to find new, innovative ways to leave communities of African descent in more beautiful and beneficial ways than the community inherited.
Imani (Faith): the belief in God, family, heritage, leaders, and others that will leave to the victory of Africans around the world.