One of the things I always noticed with a lot of black advocacy groups was this weird contradictory line of thought where we talk about how important education is and forget the system and how we need the village to raise these babies and how they are the future and so on and so forth... BUT when I would ask (as a teacher...as a community member) what tangible resources we had for early childhood no one had any answers other than an Amos Wilson book...if that. You can also check @raisingreaders FYI
A couple of reading books but no formal outline that can help parents to empower our babies so we won't be whining about how we don't support black businesses years later. So we won't be complaining about gentrification. Or Nivea.
So I did it myself. Because I know how important this is for me to be able to teach my students and my child. I know how important it is for ALL OF US to teach our children.
I just want all of us to have the tools. This curriculum briefly touches on the holiday itself but it's REALLY about the principles.
Seeing these principles as our jobs. Our responsibilities as black people.
It is your responsibility to unite.
Your responsibility to make a name for yourself.
Your responsibility to work together.
Your responsibility to help our neighborhoods grow.
Your responsibility to share your purpose.
Your responsibility to be creative.
And your responsibility to have faith in the people.
Because as black people THESE CHILDREN are our responsibility.
This collective is our responsibility. So why are we okay with just telling people what to do and not offering up some help in how to do it?
That was my intent. It's certainly not the only way, but it's a start.
If you'd like to be part of this initiative, you can preorder the digital download for $25 until midnight at villagingbrown.com. After that, the price is $30 for this digital download that covers a year's worth of principles. It covers self, community, activism and then a new country in Africa every week: studying through the perspective of the principles.
Let's do this together.