is very important for African people in America to educate and reeducate ourselves about
our history and its relationship to the important ideas
that shape how we see the world.
are still challenged today to create an educational climate
that inspires African youth in America
to understand that the purpose of education is to develop
the skills and historical understanding of the past as
it relates to the present and future in preparation for
working for self and the liberation of African people.
is the challenge of the twenty-first century: to defeat
the one hundred year tradition established by white educational
leaders who created curriculums for Africans in America
designed to prepare them to work for white folks.
Carter G. Woodson, who founded in February of 1926, what
at the time was called “Negro History Week,” would indeed
be inspired by the ongoing discussion and debate over
the contributions of African people to the history of
movement led by Dr. Woodson helped lay the foundation
for the current African Centered Education Movement that
has become the catalyst for the intense study of Africa and the history of African people throughout the world, 365 days
should all read or reread the late Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers’
profound book, Intellectual
Warfare. It is very important for African people
to continue to put forth the effort to educate and reeducate
ourselves about our history and its relationship to the
important ideas that shape how we see the world. We must
continue this effort to educate and reeducate ourselves
everyday to improve the quality of life for ourselves
and our children.
over thirty-five years, Dr. Carruthers played a leading
role as a scholar and intellectual activist in the development
of the African Centered Education Movement.
Carruthers was a tenured professor in the College
of Education’s Inner City Studies
Education undergraduate and graduate programs at Northeastern
in Chicago, Illinois and retired as Professor Emeritus. Along with Dr. Anderson
Thompson, Dr. Carruthers helped shape both the undergraduate
and graduate curricula that have become known throughout
the country for providing a theoretical and practical
understanding of the impact of the political, economic,
social, and cultural forces on people who live in the
inner cities throughout the world. Of course, one of the
largest groups to live in the inner cities is African
a great deal of Dr. Carruthers’ writings and lectures
concentrated on the white supremacy intellectual assault
on African people and the world. Dr. Carruthers has been
magnificent in exposing the European intellectual tyranny
and its impact on the education of African people.
was through his association with the late, great Senegalese
scholar, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop and the late, great scholar
/ teacher, Dr. John Henrik Clarke that helped propel the
genius of Dr. Carruthers’ insight into the “Deep Well”
of the African Worldview.
the founding President of the Association for the Study
of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), Dr. Carruthers
helped shape an organizational format for African Centered
scholars, teachers, students, and the overall African
Community to have a collective vehicle in which to pursue
the building of the African Centered Education Movement.
His leadership, in this regard, has been monumental and
inspiring to hundreds of scholars, teachers, and students
throughout the African World Community.
this connection, Dr. Carruthers’ book, Intellectual
Warfare, prepares us to function in the twenty-first
century with a sharper understanding of our challenges
as an African people.
book is organized into five sections:
the preface of Intellectual Warfare, Dr. Carruthers
explains, “These essays reflect the thought of the ‘Chicago
group’ and the ‘African Community of Chicago.’ I was simply
a vehicle through whom ideas flowed. Even the mistakes
are our mistakes rather than mine alone. The conceptualization
of our work as Intellectual Warfare emerged out
of the actual battles in which we were engaged.”
the first chapter, Dr. Carruthers instructs us by pointing
out, “Thus, those who have been waging the long war to
liberate African history and culture have been fighting
the following two battles:
war is truly, as Dr. Anderson Thompson says, “a battle
for the African mind,” or as the late Dr. Asa G. Hilliard,
III and the First World Alliance put it, “a battle to
free the African mind.”
who believe in the just cause of the long war to liberate
African history and culture must read and reread and study
Dr. Carruthers’ most insightful observations, wisdom,
and his “Deep Well” of understanding that is shared in
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