“They are speaking out, starting their own movements, businesses and building their own coalitions. The children of the new millennia are committed to blazing their own trails and they are using music, technology, fashion and everything in their creative arsenals to make it happen.”
In Monique Morrison’s phenomenal book Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools she dedicates an entire chapter to the way schools craft that Jezebel narrative around our girls and how that narrative helps to push Black girls out of our schools. I challenge you to think of ways to engage our Black girls in these narratives that are crafted around their attitudes, their intellect, their sexuality, their passiveness, their dangerousness, their ghettoness, their ratchedness and their very Blackness and I offer to you Yemaya, Oshun and Oya (you will learn about her soon) as the lenses with which to dissect Black femaleness but even deeper than that Black Divine Femininity.
So as today is our last day to celebrate the accomplishments and triumphs of Black people here in America and tomorrow marks the beginning of celebrating the accomplishments and triumphs of women of the African Diaspora, we thought that there would be no better way to honor this transition than to intersect these two celebrations through Mama Yemaya. She personifies the strength of diasporic women throughout the world. Full of love and expansive power and wisdom but will flip the script when she has to…talking about flipping the script.
Side bar: Now Remy, to me, is more Oya than Yemaya but I couldn’t let today pass without honoring her, again, because I know Cathleen did yesterday. You know, because it’s been 48 hours and Nicki still quiet but maybe she’s waiting for Women’s History Month to start in order to officially strike back.
This is the Ashanti flag and as you see in the middle is a golden stool. For the Ashanti the golden stool represents the royal and divine throne of the Akan (Ashanti) people. The stool legitimatized the rule of its possessor. That stool is our stool, CREAD’s stool. When we were thinking about an image to represent us, we came up with this stool, we knew it was African, we knew it represented sturdiness and strength. I did not know it represented the Ashanti people and their divinity to rule. So when I saw this stool on the Ashanti flag everything came full circle.
Man, we’re so African, and we don’t even know it.
We are all wondering, including our students, what do we do and what can we do? We here at CREAD have given you our “We gon’ be alright” plan of action that supports you, the educator, the parent, the community member. And today we add to that the plan of action for how you support our students. It’s one step. Teach them about the life, triumph, struggles, sacrifices, and accomplishments of those who came before them, those who are working hard today and inspire them to be the next leaders and innovators of our country. We call it simply teaching them PRIDE (positive racial identity development through education) in themselves and their people.
Hey Family, Since we launched CREAD in September, we have been inundated with requests for resources. We are excited by the clamor for ways to engage your black and brown students in their education. But, family, we have a slight problem. A Culturally Responsive educator doesn’t look for resources. They become the resource. Ok, let […]
When I retrace my own NYC public school education, the indigenous are “discussed” three times; The Thanksgiving Feast, Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark and the Trail of Tears. I knew they were killed and land taken away and that every black person I knew with “good” hair would quip, “I have Indian in my family.”