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We've failed our youth. We've failed to teach our history

Updated on January 7, 2017

Some history

Most black children only know about some people of their black history from what is taught in school, and if they aren't paying attention they don't even know that. (Exibit A) my grandson. Our youth today have no knowledge of people in our history. They have no idea that we come from Kings, Queens, Emperor's, from royalty. Most of our black youth, young adults and full adults don't know that Granville Woods invented the electric trolley car. Lewis Latimer created the improvements on the carbon filament in light bulbs. As parents, grand parents, aunts, unclem it is our responsibility to tell our you their history

Dropped the ball

When I say we have dropped the ball, I'm speaking tho those whom are my age and older. We have gotten so caught up in our own lives that we have let our youth down. I speaking to all nationalities. There are small groups of people that teach their children their history, cultures, and traditions.
I challenge you to talk to you children, grand children and ask them what they know of the history just to see what they know. Example: I asked my grandson about the under ground railroad and he began to tell me this story;
"These black people walked through the woods at night and hid during the day. This lady named Harriett Tubman lead the way until they made it to the train that took them to freedom".

I am Khama

King Khama

We must let our black youth know that we come from Kings and Queens, from philosophers, scientist great people. King Khama was a peace loving man who had the ability to extract technological innovations from the Europeans while preventing them from colonizing his country. In 1875, while visiting Queen Victoria of England, he protested the settlement in Bechuanaland and also confirmed his appeal for the continuation of freedom for Bechuanaland.

King Osei Tutu

King Osei Tutu

The first King of the Ashanti Nation, Osei Tutu also the founder as well. Under the leadership of Osei Tutu the Ashanti Nation became powerful with his military and political prowess. When the Denkyeras tried to threaten the very existence of the Ashanti Tribe by defeating them Osei Tutu gained access to the rich Coastal Trade.

Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga - (1583 - 1663) was a brave and courageous woman who would not except the fact of Portuguese conquest of her country. Nzinga was a brilliant stateswoman and a military stragegist whom strengthen her alliance by marrying Jaga, the chief and together they conquered the Kingdom of Matamba. Queen Nzinga renowned for her guerrilla tactics and even past the age of sixty, Queen Nzinga lead her warriors herself. December 17, 1663 Queen Ninga passed away,

Queen of Sheba

Queen of Sheba

I am black but,
comely
O ye daughter of
Jerusalem
As the tents of
Kedar
As the curtains of
Solomon
Look not upon
Me because I am
Black
Because the Sun
hath scorched me.
Mekeda, Queen of Sheba was legendary for their beauty, power and love affairs. One thousand years before Christ a virgin Queen ruled Ethiopia. Makeda "the Queen of Sheba" great feats and accomplishments were recorded in the kebra Nagast or the Book of the Glory of the Kings, which in that day held the highest regards, even today.

People in our history

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Crystal Bird Fauset with Eleanor RooseveltDiahann CarrollGeorge Edwin TaylorRobert Smalls
Crystal Bird Fauset with Eleanor Roosevelt
Crystal Bird Fauset with Eleanor Roosevelt
Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
George Edwin Taylor
George Edwin Taylor
Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls

Great Black Inventors

  1. Air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
  2. Motor Frederick M. Jones June 27,1939
  3. Refrigerator J. Standard June 14, 1891
  4. Traffic light Garrett Morgan November 20, 1923
  5. Tricycle M. A. Cherry May 6, 1886

Did you know?

Did you know the first black man to run for President and was selected by a political party was George Edwin Taylor in 1904 The first female state legislator in the united States on June 27, 1894 was Crystal Bird Faust. Robert Smalls in 1863 was the first commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. That Diahann Carroll wss the first Black woman to star in her own sitcom in 1968 called Julia. Was the first Black woman to win a Toni Award. These are just some of the accomplishments of our people. These are the things that our youth should be imitating. These are the things we should be proud of and glorifing.

Lost Youth

Our youth is lost, uneducated and non motivated. Our youth today glorify the wrong images. 12 years a Slave is a good example of what I am talking about. It was a good thing and a bad thing all at the same time. Bad in the aspect of, this is what a great number of Black people think our history began. That we were over in Africa and that the white man came placed us on slave ships and brought us to America Good because it shows how you can take a free and educated man an break him back to that slave mentality, if you are not strong and educated enough to think your way through this bad situation, you will become a slave.

Conclusion

Just like today, our youth are slaves to the prison systems. They call you thugs, criminals, lazy, untrust worthy, animals that need to be locked up. So what do you do? You give them exactly what they say you are. You glorify being a drug dealer instead of a commities brokers. You idolize the baddest prison inmate instead of idolizing the President of the United States of America. You settle for the crumbs that they are willing to give you instead of striving to obtain the whole loaf of bread. Those who have made it in life, instead of critizing you brother or sister, help them get to where you are. We need to learn how to build our community and people up a stand tall and proud. Learn to bring finanical stability in our community. Take a look my Brothers and Sisters they still have you in chains and locked up and instead of whipping you to death or hanging you, they are shooting you to death. Learn begin teaching our youth, yourselves our history so that they can know where they come from. So we can know where we are going. Put some pride in the hearts and mines. Encourage them to do great things so we as a people can be about Construction of great things instead of Destruction of everything. Please. We Need A Change.

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