Dr. Kwaku researched, produced and edited 30 hours of lectures and interviews–material for what would have been his 12th weekend special Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend (AMLW) on KPFK scheduled to start tomorrow. This was the email he received from the General Manager who green-lighted the special:
“Under unfortunate circumstances the fund drive will be extended another week, and unfortunately your special will be preempted. Today is my last day. If you wish to speak with the new GM you can reach Leslie Radford at email@example.com and you can reach the PD Alan Minsky at PD@kpfk.org.
I wish you the best. It was my hope that we got the opportunity to work together.
Anyel Zuberi Fields”
Telling is his last day is May 28, but the month ends on the 31st. Telling is his tenure ends the day before AMLW. And this station –which is back to back fund drives has launched another.
This man is a father and has lost his gainful employment. After working wonders at the station previously as Operations Manager then as GM, he was summarily ousted. If you read how he was treated at the link, I hope you will be inspired to sign the petition to support him. It’s the least we can do. Sign here.
Thanks to those who helped us promote it. Please remember to delete the posts or at least update your followers. And thank you for the assist, as we were so busy.
As for the special, Dr. Kwaku called this his last, but now he may not have the opportunity to do it. I wanted to suggest to him other options. Inbox me if you have any. Thank you, Kwaku for wanting to bring this information to your people. I hope you will get the chance to, one day. #Life #pleasesign #leastwecando
It’s been a long time coming, but the weekend of May 30 and 31 I will host my 12th Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend Special on 90.7 FM, KPFK. From 9 am to Midnight, the best of the thinkers and warriors will be presented to you. We will post the 2015 lineup here as soon as it is finalized, but please take your radio with you wherever you go May 30 and 31 and share with the young ones as well.
Please help us spread the word! I plan for this to be my last special, so you don’t want to miss this!
For Immediate Release:
AFRIKAN MENTAL LIBERATION WEEKEND to Air on KPFK 90.7 FM May 30th & 31st, 9:00am to Midnight
On Saturday and Sunday, May 30th & 31st, from 9:00 am to Midnight each day, producer/host, Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ph.D, will present the special radio program, “Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend,” as he has done 11 times before on KPFK 90.7 FM.
Dr. Kwaku, as he is affectionately called, stated, “This will be the last time I produce Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend. Wherever I go, someone usually asks me to bring back the special. I am fortunate that KPFK General Manager Zuberi Fields has afforded this opportunity. It is time to pass this effort to the next generation, in whatever form they choose.”
Listeners will hear a combination of some of the most important lectures and interviews broadcast in the past, laced with significant world music. Dr. Kwaku, an historian, musicologist, author, will also offer some new interviews and productions. “This will be the best of 11 years, featuring the research and evidence from some of the most important Afrikan world scholars and artists,” he said.
Topping the list is Dr. John Henrik Clarke, historian, Dr. Kwaku’s mentor who he interviewed numerous times, and was the subject of his second book, “On My Journey Now.” Other broadcast favorites include the late Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, Egyptologist; Dr. Ivan van Sertima, anthropologist/linguist; Bobby Blue Bland, blues artist; Oprah Winfrey, TV host; Dr. Charles Copher, biblical scholar; Dr. Asa Hilliard, educational specialist; Iyanla Vanzant, womanist and TV personality; Verdine White, bass player for Earth Wind & Fire; Quincy Troupe, author on Miles Davis; Candid Moments, various short vignettes with significant individuals; Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, psychiatrist; Legrand Clegg, attorney and expert on Blacks in Hawaii; James Baldwin, author; Susan Taylor, past editor of Essence magazine and much more.
Don’t miss this final broadcast by Dr. Kwaku, who states, “If this is my last special, I will make it the best work I have ever done. What I really like, at the end of each day’s programming, there will be open phones where listeners can call in and make comments about the programming.”
There is nothing on radio or television to match the special programming radio station KPFK 90.7 FM, a Pacifica Station, is offering.” He encourages listeners to record the programs and build their own home libraries of this history for their children.
For your Calendar:
Beta testers wanted:
We have something new: Digital Downloads! To purchase the interview Dr. Kwaku’s sons did with him, click here. We are trying this new system. If you want to help support Dr. Kwaku, download this interview to see if the system works. Spot any bugs? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it, here is the video of most of the students from the 2013 class on the tour of Leimert Park.
We took family snapshots during the class: You can view them here in our SmugMug gallery. If you like any photo that you see, you can click to order directly from SmugMug. You only pay for their service (printing, paper and ink) and shipping. The photographer will not make any money–all goes to Smugmug for a nominal fee. That link is found here.
Our adult class starts in the Fall Sept. 27, 2013. To be kept up to date, please join our mailing list at www.DrKwaku.com
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Winner Week 5 Black History Quiz:
Ms. Kendal Lake! Congrats!
This week is our final class! The parents and families of all students are invited. We always host the last class at the Ladera Community Center, 4750 62nd Street, Los Angeles, CA (Just South of Slauson at La Brea and 62nd Street.) Same time: 10 a.m. til 12 Noon.
Yvonne Burke Ladera Community Center
4750 62nd Street
Los Angeles, CA (Just South of Slauson at La Brea and 62.)
This week’s Quiz Winner!
Guest lecturers Atty. Jaaye Person-Lynn and Isidra Person-Lynn will take the reins of Black History 4 Young People, Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10 a.m. til Noon. The topics include: The Africa You Don’t See, Black Colleges, True Life 10 Years Out of High School and Youth and the Law. NOTE: Actor and family friend Michael B. Jordan took this pic with Jaaye and Isidra after a recent screening. Jordan is starring in this powerful film titled Fruitvale Station, about Oscar Grant, slain by Oakland Police.
The general perception of Afrika centers on thick forests (known as jungles), wild animals and safaris. To the surprise of many, Afrika has some of the most modern cities and homes in the world. Isidra Person-Lynn, video journalist and educator, will show those, Afrikan customs, symbols and more. This is an eye-opening experience. Attorney Jaaye Person-Lynn will expose legal areas young people should be aware of from protesting and simple infractions and misdemeanors to serious felonies. He will also explain the importance of attending a Black college and its benefits. Don’t miss this very important class.
Tatum Cravens, winner of the Black History Quiz, Week 3. Congratulations!
Pictured: Dr. Kwaku and Michael B Jordan star of Fruitvale Station. Go see it!
1) Click to Register Your Student Here
2) Print your registration receipt
3) Send $15, cash, check or money order
Fully paid class members receive the certificate and participate in the class quiz.
Per class students will be considered fully paid if they attend 4 classes at $15 each.
4) Print your payment receipt and bring with your 12-18 year old to class
NOTES: Please make sure we have your info if you pay per class!
Fees: Class is only $15 per student per Saturday, payable on site.
This impactful class will be remembered for a long time to come.
Also, please scroll below to see our weekly Black History Quiz winners from Week One and Week Two. Special thanks to Simply Wholesome a great and healthy eatery which donates the Gift Certificates your winning children and you will enjoy. They are located at Overhill and Slauson in Los Angeles.
Thank you to Kofi Opantiri who donated two scholarships for students to attend. We thank you for entrusting your students to us and we hope they will enjoy the class!
For our last class where the parents are invited to attend, we are looking for that student who is a great performer in our midst, who wouldn’t ind sharing a song, poem, etc., plus a few budding scholars to share something they have learned from Dr. Kwaku’s history class.
Your Act of Kindness is Appreciated: Finally, after class last week, while students were waiting for parents to arrive, we were down to three students. I want to publicly commend Kendal Lake, who although she was chatting with a friend, while her father was talking to Dr. Kwaku, reached out to chat with another student who was standing alone. We love it when selfless students help us foster a positive community here at Black History 4 Young People. Just wanted to thank her!