“Sovereignty means that you control everything. Everything is in your power; economics, family, politics, culture, everything is under your control. No one else has anything that you need, they may have a few things that you want, but no one else should have anything that you need to survive. That’s sovereignty.”
In a previous post, I addressed the increasing number of African Americans who are taking their children out of the Public School System and starting to homeschool them. This led me to start questioning the type of education that black children will ultimately need. Due to our unique narrative in this country and across the globe, a curriculum rooted in our history and progression as a group is imperative. And there’s one scholar who’s been doing an outstanding job teaching the youth as well as adults the importance of their history, nation-building, and African-centeredness: Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti.
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti is the co-founder and co-director of Akoben Institute, an African-centered full-time homeschooling and tutorial program for Middle and High School students; he also offers evening classes for adults at the Institute and online. Prior to his home-schooling program, Baruti served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College from 1991 – 2001. For graduate school, he attended the University of Chicago and taught at Chicago State University. Baruti is also the author of over 18 self-published books.
I wanted to share a few videos of his, where he discusses the importance of an African-centered education for African people. For more information on the school or how you can stay connected with any updates, check out their official website as well as follow them on Facebook.
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Until Next Time…