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Time To Take Stock: Kwanzaa Midyear Assessment

June 12, 2014
Time To Take Stock: Kwanzaa Midyear Assessment

  Midyear Kwanzaa Assessment Six months out from Kwanzaa (December 26, 2014), its time to take inventory of what has been accomplished relative to the Seven Principles. This is a time for the family to come together and to evaluate the progress of family members in achieving their Kwanzaa commitments. For children and youth,...
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Kwanzaa Symbol: Corn/Muhindi

December 13, 2012
Kwanzaa Symbol: Corn/Muhindi

Kwanzaa symbols make up the “Kwanzaa Set” and are essential to the Kwanzaa celebration. Kwanzaa symbols reinforce the values, concepts and themes of the Kwanzaa holiday. The symbols also are instructive, furnishing lessons and narratives which can serve as powerful illustrations in support of an enriched social, moral and intellectual development. Symbol Four: Corn/Muhindi-...
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November 12, 2012

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters… This struggle may be a moral...
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Kwanzaa: A Framework for Developing Children

October 26, 2012
Kwanzaa: A Framework for Developing Children

Continuing Series The importance of children in the framework of Kwanzaa is underscored by one of its seven symbols- Corn/Muhindi. Every family, irrespective of whether they have children, place an ear of corn on the Kwanzaa set as a way of reinforcing the concept and practice that children belong to all adults. Thus, the...
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Parenting Through the Kwanzaa Framework

October 17, 2012
Parenting Through the Kwanzaa Framework

Continuing Series Kwanzaa places a premium and priority on the value of children. The Kwanzaa symbol Corn/Muhindi represents children. All families regardless of whether they have children place ears of corn on the Kwanzaa “Mat” in recognition that everyone is responsible for the care, welfare, and development of children. The African American community-based parenting...
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7 Principles of Kwanzaa: A Parenting Model

October 15, 2012

Part One Parents of all races and nationalities are crying out for help. Parenting classes have grown exponentially. Parents in too many instances have lost control of their children and are at the mercy of the child welfare or juvenile justice system.  The profile of American children suggests that something is terribly wrong. More...
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The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education: Part One

March 26, 2011
The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education:  Part One

The landmark Brown v Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court ruling had far-reaching implication beyond outlawing legal segregation in public schools, opening a new era of education for blacks. Yet, the Promise of Brown never materialized, leaving a legacy of uneducated and unprepared black children. Read more: http://afro-americanstudies.com/blog/2011/03/the-promise-and-problematic-of-brown-v-board-of-education-part-one/
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The Shame of Black America: Black Children in the Foster Care System

January 6, 2011

Unquestionably the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was a milestone in the history of African Americans. Many saw his election as the capstone of an emerging era of enduring progress and achievement by blacks in America. Yet, the untold story of African American children in the foster...
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