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Week 2: The African Influence of the Olmec Civilizations and The History of Black People in the Americas

BLACK HISTORY 4 YOUNG PEOPLE
The African Influence of the Olmec Civilizations and The History of Black People in the Americas
Location: Kaos Network: 3333 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (Largest cross streets: Crenshaw and Vernon.  Class is two blocks east of Crenshaw on 43rd at Leimert Blvd.)  TIME:  10:00am – Noon  (Ages 12-18 – Give or take)

Dr. Kwaku with an Olmec Head. He calls it “Brothers.”

Topic #1:
This Saturday we will cover the Americas like nothing students have ever seen. We will begin with a graphic lecture by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima on the Olmec civilization, the first civilization in the Americas.
Topic #2:
Next, Dr. Kwaku will deliver a very powerful lecture on the earliest American civilizations, as well as cover what people of Afrikan descent have created and accomplished in early and present day America. Our students will not be exposed to this information in their educational training, so they will be ahead of the game in American history.
Join us! The Entire series is $60 (still a discount) or $15 per class.  Bring a friend!Ask about our scholarships provided by Sponsor Kofi Opantiri! For more details, visit http://www.drkwaku.wordpress.comor call (213) 394-5075.

Keion Collins, winner of the Week One Black History Quiz, sponsored by Simply Wholesome.Congratulations!

Congratulations to our First Week Black History Quiz Winner:  Keion Collins, Perris, Ca  (See his photo in the previous post). Take notes so you can win your own gift certificate for Simply Wholesome, an all natural popular restaurant on Overhill and Slauson in Los Angeles.

Note: After class this week, stop by the Leimert Park Book Fair.  It’s Free!  Check for details:  http://www.leimertparkbookfair.com/

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11 July Colorism: Color prejudice within | Week Four Topic

Color prejudice is, and has been, one of the most divisive elements among people of Afrikan descent for decades. Its beginnings start during the period of slavery and were used to separate and control Black people. Its history and present negative effects will be discussed and analyzed.
 
We will also look at Michael Jackson’s statement, “The history books are lying to us,” and what it means today.
 
Finally, Dr. Kwaku will demonstrate a technique used for decades on how to get A’s on exams. He states, “There is no excuse for any student not getting A’s.”
 
Week Three Recap: 
Our special guest was Oluwatosin Williams (pictured above), a 21 year old college student with two bachelor's degrees. She is of Nigerian heritage. She helped Isidra Person-Lynn illustrate Africa Today in hopes of dispelling myths about Africa.
 
She demonstrated  the customs and respect expected of Nigerian Youth.
 
Ms. Person-Lynn demonstrated back-wrapping babies (with stuffed dolls, not real ones!!) We practiced carrying large items in baskets on our heads.  We wanted to show students how to design African textiles, but ran out of time to demonstrate how mudcloth is made.Students can try it virtually here!
 
More links will be posted at our BH4YP Ning Group.
Isidra just returned from New Orleans and will post them soon. If you haven't signed up, email look@isidrapersonlynn.com and she will send you an invitation.
 

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Week One: A Full House!

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During each semester of Black History 4 Young People, we are pleasantly surprised to meet students who are thirsty for knowledge.  This first week, Xavier Scott asked thoughtful questions, exhibited  prior knowledge and even won the first Black History 4 Young People quiz at the end.  His prize?  A Gift Certificate for two to Simply Wholesome, our sponsoring restaurant which whips up delicious whole foods right there on Slauson and Overhill in Los Angeles. Congratulations, Xavier!

After a series of videos looking back on the class, Dr. Kwaku kicked off the summer session with a riveting power point presentation which travels all corners of the globe and finds the presence and accomplishments of Afrikan people. 

From the Afrikan origins of chess, ballet and martial arts, to inaccuracy that Columbus could discover America–(especially when native Americans were already here), Dr. Kwaku covered a wide body of knowledge and set the record straight with evidence.

Terms used that might need more explanation:

Ankh:  (dictionary.com) The ankh was the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "eternal life", a triliteral sign for the consonants ˁn. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. It is also known as the key of life, the key of the Nile, or as crux ansata, Latin for "cross with a handle".

Deities: Usually means "Gods" or sacred beings.  (Dictionary.com)  A deity is a postulated preternatural or supernatural immortal being, who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers.

B.C.E.:  Usually students learn that historical events happen B.C.  (Before Christ) or A.D. (After Death).  In scholarly circles, B.C.E. is used which means "before the common era."

Next Class:
20 June Afrikan Origin of Humanity: We Came Before Columbus
A.) Let's investigate the lives of the original descendants of the first human beings and their genius, creativity and ingenuity to survive. Multimedia
B.) Is there proof that Afrikans were in the Americas before Columbus and helped establish America’s first civilization? Dr. Kwaku will show us!

A bit of housekeeping:
Since the session is full, we may not be able to accommodate students who only want to take one class.  We will hold the seats of the pre-paid student until 10 minutes after class starts, then seat "per class" students based on seating availability. For that reason, please be on time!

We appreciate our parents for bringing the students on time and picking them up on time.  We advise all students to stand just outside our doors when dismissed so your parents can find you. See you next week! 

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