Today is a personal professional day for me! I am catching up on reading, study materials and writing. I would like to give a personal shout out to a "Warrior Educator" in New Orleans who is obviously grinding for the sake of our children errrrrrrrday! I purchased a copy of his African-centered grammar book some months ago, and signed up for his blog/newsletters. The amount of discipline, courage and self-love it takes for a brotha to use his African wisdom and Western education for the liberation of his people, particularly black children is simply impressive! Not too many black people escape the brainwash beatings of a doctorate degree...so giving Brother/Dr. Samori Camara props is well-deserved.Since I can be rather sporadic about updating my blog, I thought I might share this brotha's information in case you have yet to hear of him.
While Dr.Umar Johnson is making his philosophical imprint regarding special education and black boys, along with a campaign to open a school for them, Brother/Dr. Samori Camara offers the tools and resources for teaching our children at home! There is a great need for both, which is why I chose to mention these two brothers. I do, however, lean more to the side of homeschooling because of its simplicity and village-like nature. Homeschooling forces family accountability and eliminates the need to collectively raise money...something black folks endlessly discuss or attempt. Meanwhile, the children are still mis-educated, misdiagnosed and under-served!
But like the African Sankofa symbol teaches, "it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten". And so this brings me back (pun intended) to where I left off....a private day for sharpening my tools for independently educating our black children and recognizing those that put in the work to do so!