Archive for October, 2009
Bahia – Afrika in South America
The area in Brazil called Bahia is one of the most Afrikan cultures one will find in South America. We will take an intimate investigation into a culture that never lost its Afrikan heritage, culture, food, music, religion, language and more.
The San People of Botswana
The government of Botswana has all but called for genocide of the San people, who are the country’s first inhabitants, and descendants of the original human beings. We will see how the government has instituted a program of removal in conjunction with the diamond company DeBeers of South Afrika. We will also see if the court system will continue to allow this mistreatment to continue.
Albinos in Afrika
One of the tragic stories in the world is the plight of albinos in certain Afrikan cultures. We will take a look into this hidden society and what is happening to this specific population.
We start at 7:00pm sharp, Oct 30, 2009. For those who come early and just want to unwind from a complicated day, you can relax to some quality Black music for adults. We are located at the Yvonne B. Burke Ladera Park Community Center, 4750 W. 62nd Street (first block west of La Brea).
Obtaining independence during the colonial period in the southern Afrikan region called for war on many fronts. Cuba played a huge role in helping several countries dismantle the yoke of European colonialism.
Amilcar Cabral, revolutionary leader of Guinea Bissau, was a master strategist in this effort. Patrice Lumumba, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara played major roles in this Afrikan liberation movement.
We will take an intimate look at this struggle and the individuals involved.
Come and see the history you were not taught. And, if you come early, you can relax and meditate to some of the best Black adult music ever made.
Feel free to pay per class–only $15. The next one is this Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7:00 pm sharp at the new location:
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Ladera Park Community Center, 4750 62nd Street, first block west of La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, across from Ladera Park).
Lerone Bennett, former executive editor of Johnson Publications (Ebony & Jet), historian and author, wrote the most potent and controversial book ever written on Abraham Lincoln, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream. He exposes how Lincoln truly felt about Afrikan people, and what he really wanted to do with them. Though there have been stories of Lincoln seeking equality for enslaved Afrikans, this myth will come to light in Bennett’s powerful lecture.
Wanagari Muta Maathai, of Kenya, in 2004, became the first Afrikan women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. A political activist and environmentalist, she was locked into a very bitter and vicious battle with the Kenyan government over environmental issues, women’s rights and democracy. Her efforts caused her to be beaten by the government, causing her great suffering at times. We will see how this courageous woman started a movement that changed the government.
For those who come early, sit down, relax, and listen to some of the best adult Black music ever made. We start at 7:00pm sharp at the Yvonne B. Burke Ladera Park Community Center, 4750 62nd Street (first block west of La Brea).
See you there.
Almost half of the Afrikans illegally transported during the trans-Atlantic slave trade landed in South America. Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela has stated, “I’ve always said that if Spain is our father, Africa, mother Africa is much more.” Colombia is one of the countries that has a large Afrikan population today, 10.5 million. We will look at how they are living, their habits and traditions, and the continual discrimination they presently face.
Afrikans were great seafarers, traveling to various parts of the world in different types of ocean craft. It has always been debated if their sea travels were deliberate or accidental. This question, and other issues will be answered. We look forward to seeing you this Friday, and don’t forget, if you come early, you will hear some of the best Black adult music ever made.
Class is this Friday, beginning at 7:00pm sharp at the new location;
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Ladera Park Community Center (4750 62nd Street,
first block west of La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, across from Ladera Park).
Classes are $15 per session. Certicates will be awarded to participants who complete the 11 week course.
Brown v. Board of Education
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court handed down the most significant decision of its time, Brown v. Board of Education, making school segregation illegal in the United States. Although most of us think it was a single case and decision, it took years of hard legal and sociological work to win the decision. The research of Dr. Kenneth B. Clark and his infamous ‘doll test’ played a significant role in the court’s decision.
This Friday, will we investigate the many intricate circumstances related to the case, and the various efforts involved resulting in the decision. If ever the term legal struggle applies to a court decision, this one hits the top of the list. Not only were Black attorneys facing all white justices, the effort to get a unanimous vote was just as strenuous.
Join us to learn about this historic event in American history. Bring your high school and college aged young people so they can get a better understanding of the seriousness of education.
Remember, if you come early, you can relax to some of the best Black music available.
Class is this Friday, beginning at 7:00pm sharp at the new location; Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Ladera Park Community Center (4750 62nd Street, first block west of La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, across from Ladera Park).
Classes are $15 per session or $100 for the entire course. Certicates will be awarded to participants who complete the course.