Companion learning asset:
African Centered Education By Dr. Jacob H. Carruther
Amos Wilson – Education & Genetic Criminality
Nana Kuntu (RIU) Brings The Fire From The Front Lines.
“The enemy has always propagated that we had no history, no philosophy and no culture. Why such an unreasonable statement about anyone? They were hiding their theft. So caught up in their racist construction, they actually begin to act on their propaganda as if it were truth. Consequently, they under estimated our scholars and thought we would never find our path home because of the layers of lies. Silly bastards. We are the children of those who came before us and we are connected through our Genes, DNA and Melanin. Obviously anything they have done, we can recreate and that which is hidden can be resurrected for our scrutiny. We needed to know these things to build on top of yesterday’s scholarship. No matter how many white ‘Cleopatras’ they invent in Hollywood, no matter how many ‘Mummy’ and ‘Star Gate’ motion pictures and television shows they propagate, our truth survives and outta the ashes we will rise to stop the Afrikan Holocaust. It is understood that in exposing our people to such information, our enemies consider it an attack on their hold on reality. Only those who wish to keep us enslaved, Black or white, would be disturbed that the truth has again risen, understanding clearly ‘that the truth shall set us free.’ Another aspect of all of this is the fact that Europeans must face the painful reality that everything their lives are based upon is a lie.
Nana Kuntu (Del Jones)
Black Holocaust 2000
In classical Afrikan (kemetic) phiolosophy the human being and human reality were governed by the basic divine law of “to be a spirit”. the moral mandate of afrikan humanity was “to become and in becoming”—the pursuit of such divine law and moral mandate was reflective of ones pursuit of godliness. education was key to this process-to become and in becoming a more perfect being. For our Afrikan ancestors education and schooling was ultimately about a person being transformed from a lesser material being to a greater spiritual being.
Dr. E. Curtis Alexander defines African Centered education as a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities provided for African heritage children, youth and young adults to develop the necessary and required skills to participate in the global marketplace with specific interest on the upliftment and empowerment of their African-American communities and the total development and growth of the African continent. Thus, RBG Street Scholars Think Tank is about using history and the medium of Afrikan and Afrikan American culture to facilitate a forward-looking and futuristic education and New Afrikan peoples development.
VIRTUES OF MAáT
for family/children/parent eduTainment (Includes Nguzo Saba Studies)
MAáT: The symbolic representation of Maát as a human figure with outreached hands and wings, is the Netcher of the weighing of the soul in ancient Kemet. The heart of the deceased was believed to be the seat of the soul and it was where ones virtues resided. This symbolic weighing of the heart against the feather of truth (Maát) was performed to established the righteousness of the deceased. The scale of Maát was balanced after the recitation of the “42” Declarations of Innocence or Admonitions of Maát. pg. 91, NVCTC.
The Neophyte or students ultimate aim in Kemet was for a person to become “One with God” or to “become like God.” The path to the development of godlike qualities was through the development of virtue, but virtue could only be achieved through special study and effort. According to George G. M. James in his timeless work Stolen Legacy writes: The following of the 10 virtues were sought by the Neophyte in ancient Kemet. In the final analysis, the ancient Kemites sought Maát or to be more correct they sought to become one with Maát, the cosmic order.
(1). Control of thoughts
(2). Control of actions
(3). Devotion of purpose
(4). Have faith in the ability of [your] [teacher] to teach [you] the truth.
(5). Have faith in [yourself] to assimilate the truth
(6). Have faith in [themselves] to wield the truth
(7). Be free from resentment under the experience of persecution.
(8). Be free from resentment under the experience of wrong.
(9). Cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and
(10). Cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal
“TRUTH IS LIKE LIGHTING WITH ITS ERRAND DONE BEFORE YOU HEAR THE THUNDER” Dr. Gerald Massey.
Principles of MAáT
1)I have not committed sin
2)I have not committed robbery with violence
3)I have not stolen
4)I have not slain men and women
5)I have not stolen food
6)I have not swindled offerings
7)I have not stolen from God
8)I have not told lies
9)I have not carried away food
10)I have not cursed
11)I have not closed my ears to truth
12)I have not committed adultery
13)I have not made anyone cry
14)I have not felt sorrow without reason
15)I have not assaulted anyone
16)I am not deceitful
17)I have not stolen anyone’s land
18)I have not been an eavesdropper
19)I have not falsely accused anyone
20)I have not been angry without reason
21)I have not seduced anyone’s wife
22)I have not polluted myself
23)I have not terrorized anyone
24)I have not disobeyed the law
25)I have not been excessively angry
26)I have not cursed God
27)I have not behaved with violence
28)I have not caused disruption of peace
29)I have not acted hastily or without thought
30)I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern
31)I have not exaggerated my words when speaking
32)I have not worked evil
33)I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds
34)I have not polluted the water
35)I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly
36)I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deed
37)I have not placed myself on a pedestal
38)I have not stolen that which belongs to God
39)I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased
40)I have not taken food from a child
41)I have not acted with insolence
42)I have not destroyed property belonging to God
WHY KWANZAA by Dr. Maulana Karenga
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While the Nguzo Saba are commonly linked to the yearly Kwanzaa celebration, they have year-round applicabilty and should be reviewed frequently. In addition to the Nguzo Saba, other Kwanzaa components (such as libations) also come into use during the year. If you want to study our Kwanzaa material, it can be accessed from The Official Kwanzaa Web Site .
The first principle is a commitment to the idea of togetherness. This principle is a foundation; for without unity, neither the family nor the community can survive. National African-American unity begins with the family. Open discussions of family problems and their probable solutions are very important.KUJICHAGULIA (CO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH)
The second principle is a commitment to building our lives in our own images and interests. If we, as a people, are to achieve our goals we must take the responsibility for that achievement upon ourselves, for self-determination is the essence of freedom. This day calls for a reaffirmation of our commitment to Afrikan American’s struggle to build a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY
The third principle encourages self-criticism and personal evaluation, as it relates to the common good of the family/community. Without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible. The family and the community must accept the reality that we are collectively responsible for our failures, as well as our victories and achievements. Discussions concerning each family member’s responsibility prove helpful in defining and achieving family goals.
COOPERATIVE ECONOMICSOut of the fundamental concepts of “African Communal Living” comes the fourth principle of Kwanzaa. In a community or family, wealth and resources should be shared. On the national level, cooperative economics can help African-Americans take physical control of their own destinies. On this day, ideas should be shared and discussed for cooperative economic efforts to provide for needs as related to housing, education, food, day care, health, transportation and other goods and services.
PURPOSEThe fifth day of Kwanzaa is a day for reviewing our purpose for living. Each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and community at large. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community.
CREATIVITYThe sixth principle of the Nguzo Saba relates to building and developing our creative potential. It involves both aesthetic and material creations. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. It is through new ideas that we achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. Each family member should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole. On this day, poetry reading, songfests, dance exhibitions and the like, can aid in promoting the Importance of Kuumba.
The seventh principle is belief in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Further, it is a commitment to the development of the family and the national African-American community. African America’s goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny. Without Imani (faith), there is no possibility of victory.Maulana Karenga, Ph.D.7 September 1965
Click here [Download PDF] A RBG Street Scholars Think Tank Booklist (Complied by UNO The Prophet for the NBPP)
For further study link out to: Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), The Institute of Karmic Guidance and Asante & Associates (at these sites you will find additional scholarly Afrikan-Centered links)
RBGz New Afrikan Education Course Table:
A People’s History Of The United States / by Howard Zinn : RBGz Audio and History Is A Weapon e-Books
RBG Street Scholar’s Recommended Books List
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Companion RBG Video Compilation:
BOOKS / RECOMMENDED READING:
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof – J. A. Rogers
Afrocentricity – Molefi Kete Asante
Afrikan Holistic Health – Llaila Afrika
Back Where We Belong: Selected Speeches – Minister Louis Farrakhan
Before the Mayflower – Lerome Bennett
Black Robes / White Justice –Judge Bruce Wright
Blood in My Eye – George Jackson
Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery – Na’Im Akbar, Ph.D.
Christopher Columbus and the African Holocaust – Dr. John Henrik Clarke
Cookin’ With Mother Nature – Dick Gregory
Defending the Spirit – Randall Robinson
Germany’s Black Holocaust – Dr. Firpo Carr
God the Black Man and Truth – Ben Ammi
Heal Thyself – Queen Afua
How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America – Manning Marble
How to Eat to Live – The Honorable Elijah Muhammed
If They Come in the Morning – Angela Y. Davis
Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Collective Biography of the New York 21
Message to the People – Marcus Garvey
Metu Neter – Ra Un Nefer Amen
Part of My Soul Went With Him – Winnie Mandela
Powernomics – Dr. Claud Anderson
Roots – Alex Haley
Seize the Time – Bobby Seale
Sex and Race – J. A. Rogers
Soul on Ice – Eldridge Cleaver
The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
The Debt: What America Owes Blacks – Randall Robinson
The Destruction of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams
The Isis Papers: Keys to the Colors – Dr. Francis Cress Welsing
The Middle Passage – Tom Feelings
The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter G. Woodson
The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe Each Other – Randall Robinson
The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois
The Spook Who Sat by the Door – Sam Greenlee
The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept-Neely Fuller,Jr.
The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
They Came Before Columbus – Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
What They Never Told You in History Class – Indus Khamit-Kush
With Ossie and Ruby – Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Without Sanctuary – James Allen
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