movement to implement an appropriate African Centered
Curriculum in predominately African in America
inner city schools is critical to the ongoing struggle
for the liberation of African people in this country.
We must continue to demand that the truth be taught, as
we continue to struggle to build the Reparations Movement
movement has now become popularly known as the African
Centered Education Movement. Simply stated,
it focuses on teaching the truth in all
the contributions of African people to the development
of civilization. We must strive to heighten the dialogue
concerning the importance of this movement,
particularly as it relates to the question of reparations.
the country, Africans in America
are now becoming more sensitive to challenging the racist
and white supremacist basis of the African public school
curriculum. Through the National Black United Front (NBUF)
and its world African Centered Education Plan, more Africans
in America are beginning to see the need for massive
curriculum change in the public schools of this country
and the youth must take leadership in this project.
is not a day goes by that someone does not call my office
seeking information and help on how to start the process
of changing the curriculum in their school. Parents are
becoming more and more dissatisfied with what their children
are being taught. They are also beginning to realize how
much isn’t taught.
is clear that the public school system is the place where
African America children receive a significant portion
of their view of the world and the history of the world.
And, it also is a place where large numbers of African
in America youth are miseducated
under the system of white supremacy through the ideas
and interpretation of history that is presented to them.
turn to Carter G. Woodson’s great book, The Mis-Education
of the Negro to get some further insights into
this problem. Woodson observes “the so–called modern education,
with all its defects, however, does others so much more
good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked
out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved
and oppressed weaker people.”
example, Woodson says, “The philosophy and ethics resulting
from our educational system have justified slavery, peonage,
segregation and lynching. The oppressor has the right
to exploit, to handicap, and to kill the oppressed.”
on Woodson explains that, “No systematic effort toward
change had been possible for, taught the same economics,
history, philosophy, literature and religion which have
established the present code of morals, the Negro’s mind
has been brought under control of his oppressor.”
on this point Woodson states, “The problem of holding
the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. When you
control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about
it is inspiring to see so many of our people waking up
all over America and seeking the truth
concerning the real contributions of African people to
the world. Through study groups, conferences, Black talk
radio, and information network exchanges, African Americans
are coming into a new African consciousness that seeks
to reclaim the African mind and spirit.
the Portland Model Baseline Essays, the work of the Kemetic
Institute, the Association for the Study of Classical
African Civilizations (ASCAC), and other writings and
curriculum materials, Africans are becoming much more
aware of the following points that must be incorporated
into the curriculum:
Africa is the home of early man.
Africa is the cradle of modern
Africa is the cradle of civilization.
Africa once held a position as
world teacher including the teacher for the western
There was and there still is a continental wide unity
in Africa and in the African communities
around the world.
The first time Africans left the continent was not on
Africa and African people all over the world have been
under siege for nearly 2000 years and only recently
by European slavery and colonization.
There is an African Diaspora all over the world today.
African people have resisted domination on the continent
and all over the world.
Even under slavery, colonization, segregation and apartheid,
African people have made monumental contributions to
arts, science and politics.
ten points, and others, have become the basis upon which
we can judge the white supremacy public school curriculum
content in textbooks and other learning materials.
other words, these points have become the basis of determining
whether or not the truth is being taught in the public
schools of this country. In seeking the truth about the
Reparations Movement, join an organization that is working
on this great, just, and mighty issue.
Truth will set us all free!
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Conrad W. Worrill,
PhD, is the National Chairman Emeritus of the National
Black United Front (NBUF).
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