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. Our focus is on a remarkable footprint overflowing with accomplishment, triumph, strength, and value, reaching back from before Jamestown 1619 through to this present day.
So why are black youth graduating high school or entering college at a much lower rate than almost every other racial sub-group?. Why do national & statewide tests reflect black students scoring far below most other sub-groups? And why are black youth getting incarcerated at such a higher percentage? There are many answers to these questions and changes to existing conditions necessary. Our approach is to effect change one child at a time.
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, along with the lack of inclusion within US History lessons taught throughout schools across this nation. We want to work with teachers, librarians, churches and community organizations to bring an experience that for one child builds pride and for another creates bridges of understanding.
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!
Tribute To The Late Congressman & Civil Rights Leader Honorable John Robert Lewis
February 21, 1940- July 17, 2020
Take the time to teach your children about this legendary Civil Rights Leader.
How could we honor him the most?
What was important to him?
"John Lewis viewed "Equal access to the vote regardless of race, as the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy". On December 6, 2019, "Lewis held the gavel as the House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act which would establish new criteria for determining how states with histories of voting discrimination could change their voting laws".
GEORGE FLOYD & BLACK LIVES MATTER
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down, begging for his life and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe"
Floyd's death triggered demonstrations and protests in many U.S. cities and around the world against police brutality, police racism, and lack of police accountability.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE