Hey CREAD family! This weekend is long but I will keep this post short. If you have been keeping up with us all week, you know that we have shared so much with you about our disasporic culture and they ways we can leverage it in our classrooms.
Nakeeba enlightened us about Geechee and Gullah culture and centering the immigrant experience in our classrooms. And Khalilah helped us to consider our own connection to the Sankofa principle and thinking about the holidays we choose to celebrate as a form of self affirmation and pride.
But as Khalilah suggests in her post on Sankofa, there is history and knowledge that we must learn and connect with before we can attempt to share it with our students.
If we are honest with ourselves we know that despite all our book learning there is much more that we don’t know. Like the talented Lauryn Hill, we too have been miseducated. This is not meant to discourage you in your work and practice but rather to offer some perspective.
When we acknowledge that for most of us our formal education was insufficient in that it failed to ground us in a deep understanding of our own culture and traditions. Therefore it is our responsibility to be self reflective and open to re-education ourselves so that we can give our students what we were denied.
If you are a New Yorker and a Brooklynite, specifically you know that this weekend is not just Memorial Day weekend. It is Dance Africa weekend, a cultural celebration that has been happening for 40 years. It is the opportunity to meet, dance, eat, laugh, catch up and just be with our people. And this weekend is particularly bitter sweet as Dance Africa celebrates 40 years but also mourns the loss of their founder, Chuck Davis aka “Baba Chuck”.
Whatever you do this weekend we hope you get to relax and enjoy and take some time to reflect.
Peace and love good people.
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