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DALLAS- It was on September 3, 1894 when Black activist, abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass penned one of his greatest speeches on Black education.
In Manassas, Virginia, Douglass wrote “ Blessing of Liberty and Education” and in that spoke of the link to education and true freedom.
“But if man is without education although with all his latent possibility attaching to him he is, as I have said, but a pitiable object; a giant in body but a pigmy in intellect, and at best but half a man. Without education he lives within the narrow, dark and grimy walls of ignorance. He is a poor prisoner without hope. The little light that he gets comes to him as through dark corridors and grated windows.”
“Education, on the other hand, means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free. To deny education to any people is one of the greatest crimes against human nature. It is easy to deny them the means of freedom and the rightful pursuit of happiness and to defeat the very end of their being.
Many of Douglass writings and wisdom are unknown to Black people because such truths have been hidden far from the minds of Black youth and Black history deemed not interesting by Black adults.
Keeping Black history hidden and untold for hundreds of years has left us with many intellectual pigmies and made us a people living without hope behind the grimy walls of ignorance.
The first step into light and liberty begins with a free Black History course being offered by The Act of Change, Inc., Institute of Cultural Arts and Scholars Academy led by Sistah Dr. Safisha Nzingha Adeleke Hill, (Pamela Hill) and Esudele Fagbengno.
“For years Black have been lied too, mis-educated and mislead about history and that has left gaps and questions about who we really are,” Hill said. “We are offering this because we want Black people to know their history and know what happen before slavery and understand our link to Africa and the ancient world.”
Black Studies 101 is a 12-week community course will be held each Mondays at 7 p.m. starting Sept. 7 and continuing through November 24 at the Act of Change building complex at 3200 S. Lancaster Rd., Suite 320 in Dallas, TX.
“We feel that educating and sharing this knowledge can empower people and make us stronger,” she said.
Families couples participate in lively discussions, trip back to the past thru lectures, films and guest speakers.
The course will provide an understanding of the historical, social and cultural impact of people of Africana descent from the Dynastic Period to Modern Day.
“We love Dr. King, but he has been pimped as the only person of significance in our history,” he said. “It is just not true. There is more to us and we intend to uncover real truths and fill in the gaps.”
According to Hill and Fagbengno, Blacks date back to creation of mankind and were the world’s first citizens.
Origins of African-American dates back to the beginning of time and archeological evidence shows that the Black race was responsible for authoring Math, writing, construction and reading. Those same people from the African continent were also educated and skilled and were key contributors to developing the building blocks of western civilization.
“Black history has been lacking in the public education system and lacks serious exposure in society,” she said. “Keeping this history under wraps has been devastating to our youth and had a negative effect on us as a race of people.”
Hill said youth in public school setting go through school void of the kind of true knowledge that can build pride for a people and nurture academic performance and achievement.
Both hope that the course will attract youth, families and couples hungry and anxious to learn and share the information from the course with others.
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III said, "The primary tool of our oppression is mis-education by our oppressors. We must regain control over the primary education and socialization of our children."
Freedom starts today.
For more information about the course contact Hill at the Act of Change at 214-372-3500.