Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on Feb 28, 2019 17:54:48 GMT -5
UJAMAA SCHOOL was founded to provide an educational institution that would ensure Afrikan children the development of a strong positive self-image, a sense of values, and the achievement of academic excellence.
UJAMAA’s program provides for positive approaches to meeting life’s challenges. It is our purpose to continue to develop the total being, to help each child reach his or her ultimate goals and develop to their highest potential.
UJAMAA SCHOOL is the oldest independent Afrikan school in the United States. Together, we can provide a strong foundation for your child's future.
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Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on Feb 28, 2019 18:06:54 GMT -5
The curriculum is such that each child has an opportunity to fully participate in the daily education process.
The age groups range from 2 years through 18 years old. The children are presently divided into three levels; pre-school, primary, and secondary.
Within each group the children are taught the basics: reading, math, physical education, writing, arts and crafts, Afrikan and world history, science and geography, on their respective levels. Special subjects teachers provide instruction in the areas of health and nutrition, karate, computer science, wood shop, Kiswahili, French, Sign Language, Afrikan arts, music, dance, and drumming.
The Ujamaa curriculum offers a wide range of courses, which allows the students to fully explore new areas of thought and action at an early age; the courses are specifically tailored to the student's individual ability and mental aptitude. Students must satisfy the basic requirements of each course and are periodically evaluated in terms of their overall progress and comprehension.
Academic standards are set high and each student must perform well in order to keep pace with the tightly administered program.
The school graduated its first class in June 1974. In September 1977, California Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown Jr. and the California Legislature gave Oakland Community School a special award for “having set the standard for the highest level of elementary education in the state.”
Yes, it was a good example of what can be done. Unfortunately it folded in the early 1980s. No one kept it going. One wonders what happened the all the money the Panthers raised. COuldn;t some have gone to keep this going, or wasn't enough left over after Huey had his coke fix, or Elaine Brown paid for her plane tickets to flit here and there? Ex-Panther David Hilliard's book: (text below) This Side of Glory, is brutally honest, and offers a sad picture of the waste of much money raised.
Alas, the demise of the institution came from a variety of factors, including internal factionalism, and siphoning off of funds by the erratic Huey Newton. Sez one black web history:
"The school eventually became a casualty of the decline of and dissension within the Black Panthers. There were rumors of and investigations into the misuse of government funds awarded to the OCS. Disagreements among Panther leadership over the role of women in the organization and tension caused by Huey Newton's erratic behavior and increased drug used caused several of the school's staff to leave, and it ceased operation in 1982." www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=37110
The Black Americans have set aside no day in memorial to those who gave their lives for betterment of the Black Americans.
Well, I wouldn't put it so extremely. Some Black History Month events do cover the a lot of the martyrs and heroes- with some providing more depth and more justice to them than others.
Small wonder only a handful are pledged to Black Empowerment.
Well how would you respond to those who dispute this and say, hey, we at the NAACP have long worked for black empowerment etc etc?
They all know all about a fictional Black Panther. Ask a random Black on the street about a Panther school and they'll say yeah its over in Wakanda.
LOL, most likely. But most Panther schools have long disappeared for decades even the relatively successful ones like Oakland Community above.
Ujamaa School is the first and oldest Afrikan independent school in the USA.
Unlike the Oakland situation, the folks at Ujamma Schools have put in the long-termtime and money and made sure the institution survived. Kudos to Dr Zulu and the staff. He is turning out serious young people, and has maintained a measure of community support. More of these kinds of initiatives need to be supported. WHo will carry the work forward? In many of these cases once the charismatic founders or leaders pass from the scene things fade away. Same of course with some churches and other organizations. Ujamaa looks like it has some second gen follow-up to stay on course..
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2019 10:08:22 GMT -5 by zarahan
We are living in a new age where leaders are being made by social media.
In this new age, Black leadership has degenerated from the pre-social media generation of great scholars such as Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. John G. Jackson, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, and others. Today, someone can take an idea of a school that never becomes a school and push that idea on social media and become more well-known than someone like • Dr. Anyim Palmer who founded the Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles in 1975 or more respected among sadly uninformed masses than someone like • Marva Collins who founded the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, also in 1975.
A non-educator can become more respected as an educational leader than founders of • the East in New York who founded their school in 1970 with a few thousand dollars and provided a national model of Afrikan-Centered excellence that helped guide a movement.
Unfortunately, we live in these strange days of social media where the Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) are becoming a fading memory due in part to a lack of financial support. Many of the CIBI schools began in the living rooms, basements, and front porches of great educators with little money and a lot of heart. The schools grew across the country before declining due to lack of support.
A few still exists today but are under-funded. Dr. Uhuru Hotep of Duquesne University wrote a great analysis in his dissertation entitled Dedicated to excellence: An Afrocentric Oral History of the Council of Independent Black Institutions, 1970-2000.
Another excellent work is that of Dr. Kefentse K. Chike entitled From Black Power to the New Millennium. Although he focuses on Detroit’s Afrikan-Centered school movement, Dr. Chike addresses the national movement.
Dr. Hotep and Dr. Chike are the great scholars you never heard of in the non-cerebral social media world.
They document a great history of real and some still existing schools, many of which are closing due to funding, and they have been around for decades with some of the greatest educators and institution-builders we have produced as a people.
Meanwhile while this is occurring, a charlatan calling himself the “Prince of Pan-Africanism” with only an idea that he is pawning off, is given hundreds of thousands of dollars without any school while he makes a mockery and often profane caricature of a movement to which he defames.
Some like the above are still skeptical of Umar Johnson, charging that his main focus is setting up a long-term situation for himself to get paid, and that he is not doing anything special- just another person setting up a tiny private school, only accompanied by loud bleatings about how righteous he is. The scale of what he is doing so far only requires a modest storefront, not any expensive property to start, which seems like only another excuse to justify the money he has raised from the people. They charge he will use that as a way to keep on cadging for funds, on what may turn out to be a maintenance and refurbishing white elephant. Meanwhile as they suggest above, more credible initiatives are being ignored or shortchanged.
I would say give him a chance to do his thing. If people are willing to pay for a small private school, hey its their money. I think his "Prince of Pan Africanism" thing while ludicrous in some respects is a marketing strategy for him, that has worked so far in fundraising. The more controversy, the more page views, social media "likes" etc etc- good marketing buzz. He has learned how to work "social media."
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2019 10:35:55 GMT -5 by zarahan
Whatever shape or form Independent African American schools takes it must include a heck of a lot of STEM off course with a healthy dose of Afi-centeredness one or two elective African languages, wildly spoken on the continent, African civ and histography devoid of chauvinistic attitude.. And why can't we have preps funded by us for us with pipelines, linking with the various HBCUS , seems we need not reinvent the wheel, just take over the funding and the politics of what we already have.
Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on Mar 14, 2019 7:40:38 GMT -5
Zarahan Thx 4 spelling my name right but inattentive readers will think I authored the words from the mind and hand of Mukasa Afrika Ma’at and Chantell Beaty.
Don't know why you cut their names out when reposting. So that none are confused can you please restore the author names thank you.
Go ahead put the Panthers down (who actually had tangible institutions and variously sourced monetary support and recognition of the black masses worldwide (even Maghrebi Jews in Israel) if you will, while excusing what's his name who has actualized nothing but taking money and making youtubes. There's absolutely no comparison.
An operative cultural imperative would-be school founders follow:SAY LITTLE, DO MUCH.
Anansi These schools are already shaped and formed, it's not a matter of if. I have shown the unknowing 'Free Schools' geared to Black religious or cultural values children's schools have existed for decades.
Why act like they're yet to come or have backward ciricula?
Now if the avg Black doesn't want Liberation Struggle mentality and universal positive ethics let them go to the choice of schools in the thread.
All What I have discovered is posting ESR members had no idea there are Clara Ward or the 'Uhuru Sasa shule' systems and like that guy would have his donors believe think there are no independent African American primary schools.
This shows lack of feet on the pavement activity experience vs internet research and postings.
Who except me has stepped foot in a 'Free School' or worked or volunteered at one or tutored/mentored children or teens instilling the 7 Principles as well as academics? One of you lurkers out there maybe?
^^Yes, I should have noted its from the article you referenced.
Anansi says: Whatever shape or form Independent African American schools takes it must include a heck of a lot of STEM off course with a healthy dose of Afi-centeredness one or two elective African languages, wildly spoken on the continent, African civ and histography devoid of chauvinistic attitude.. And why can't we have preps funded by us for us with pipelines, linking with the various HBCUS , seems we need not reinvent the wheel, just take over the funding and the politics of what we already have.
Hmm, such will need good staff people and a long term committment- decades. A credible STEM part at the higher levels might be the toughie- getting and maintaining long-term people in that area, compared to the surplus of folk who can do the Afrocentric part, and would do it for free. Still some schools are doing well on that score. Marva Collins old school is still cranking out good STEM results. Is it still going strong these days? Interesting is COllins modest start- in a brownstone's top floor in the neighborhood where she lived. ANd her later stark, one-room operation- no gym, no playing fields etc etc, Just a focused, stripped down operation, but she wasnt shy about taking donations when they appeared, if they would help her focused mission.
I have no doubt Johnson can produce a tiny private school, like the countless church-based schools serving 10-20 kids out of the congregation, with the little old church ladies tutoring, chaperoning the field trips and so on. Its a well known model, and how many millions of unpaid man-hours have been put in by those church ladies we can only guess. Johnson may run the same, overlaying this with colorful Afrocentric trappings and a loud media presence, to keep the donations flowing in, and keeping himself paid. But Hey, if people are willing to pony up for this, its their own dime, and if they can pull of standard Africentered stuff and good STEM, go for it.
WHat I cant figure out is the almost messianic outlook that some have on this- like JOhnson a second coming of Marcus Garvey, which I think ties into the inflated "Prince of Pan Africanism" title he hypes himself with. Others speak glowingly of some sort of "revolutionary" transformation of black education. Really? All I see is another tiny private school that other. less bombastic conscious peeps have been doing for decades.
Are people that hungry for some sort of Pan African messiah these days?
Half century continuity limb of Free School tree planted in 1790 by American Revolutionary figure Prince Hall assisted by two Harvard students. Doubtless others elsewhere.
Sorry I know it's too late to plan to go unless you're a local but know it's a happening and nothing unheard of new in case you wanna donate to proven 'Afrocentric' schooling which needs $$$ << somebody hip athletes entertainers and Oprah "Zulu School" Winfrey, blessings >>
Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on Apr 26, 2019 7:39:56 GMT -5
Africa centered children's education is no one man dream waiting fruition. It's been a reality for over 50 years. Too bad if you never knew. Now that you know will you support the reality or keep giving 1000's away to one man with no school or to the many men and women who've held it down for 3 generations of watoto.
The Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) and other independent/sovereign Afrikan-Centered schools that may or may not be CIBI affiliated need your support. These are established and existing culturally relevant schools that have helped lay the basis for today’s Afrikan-Centered education school movement. CIBI was founded in 1972 and grew out of the 1960’s radical era of the Black Power Movement and social unrest against the injustices suffered by our people in this country.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Black parents refused to allow their children to be educated in a system that didn't teach to their humanity, historical truth, or social reality. These parents began the CIBI schools often from basements, living rooms, and lawn chairs before acquiring buildings. The Afrikan-Centered education movement has today spread to both public and charter schools, yet CIBI and CIBI affiliated scholars have remained the vanguard of this movement.
The Afrikan-Centered school movement is relevant to our people and relevant to our children today. Afrikan Americans have historically suffered from a crisis of identity, miseducation, and an anti-socialization that leaves our people without the ability to institution-build and develop sovereignty for our own best interest. CIBI and other Afrikan-Centered independent/sovereign schools are extremely important to our present and future as a people.
This call issued in 2016 raised only $3000. Would that even cover one child's tuition let alone associated costs per a child. www.gofundme.com/SovereignEducation Meanwhile Shonda Rimes spearheaded effort for international workers raised $24,000,000.
Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on May 22, 2019 1:36:39 GMT -5
I now realize everybody here is in a cultural political state of naivete and have no sense of purpose solidarity or collective struggle and thus out the loop of Diopian Africana Methodology which requires activism not mere "dreaming of boss black civilizations that once flourished and grew" while "drowning in a puddle of the white man's spit".
Should ones desire to grasp where I'm coming from, it's from association with set seriously dedicated Afrimericans who consider themselves Afrikans in America.
Beyond externals and pseudo-conscious fads in clothing, adornments, hairstyles, and slogans. The real and only lasting substance is mentality. Passing a received tradition intact from generation to generation.
Mesorah qabbala m'dor l'dor.
Kwasi Konadu A VIEW FROM THE EAST Black Cultural Nationalism and Education in New York City New York: Diasporic Africa Press, 2018 New York: Syracuse University Press, 2009 XXXIV + 209 pages Appendices Notes Bibliography Index ISBN 978-1-937306-67-0