From: RBGz Blue Print Study Cell In this group we study in detail one of RBGz required textbooks ( Dr Amos Wilson’s Blue Print for Black Power) in both it print and video overview formats.
Areas covered in the book and audio include:
- Are Black and White Children the same?
- Are there any significant differences in the mental and physical growth and development of Black and White Children?
- Are such leisure time activities as the playing of certain games, watching T.V., going to the movies, listening to the radio, hazardous to the mental health of Black Children?
- Why do Black Children generally score lower than White Children on I.Q. tests?
- Is the Black Child merely a White Child who “happens” to be “painted” Black?
- What effects does race awareness have on the mental and personality development of Black Children?
- Is the use of Black English a sign of mental inferiority?
- Do Black parents socialize their children to be inferior to White Children?
- Why have integrated schools and busing failed so many Black Children?
BIOSYNTHESIS and DEGRADATION
D) DISTRIBUTION OF MELANIN WORLDWIDE
Neuromelanin has been detected in primates and in carnivores such as cats and dogs.
A Quick Sneak Preview:
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play Professor James Smalls — Culture )
play Dr. Marimba Ani — African Worldview
play Dr. Amos Wilson — On Multi-Cultural Education, Identity and Liberation
play Dr. Na’im Akbar — On Afrikan Marriage to White
play Dr. Ani — Black American Individualism
RBG Blakademics reflects the cultural continuity and recurring spiritual and pedagogical themes of Afrikan peoples education and socialization across space and time; from ancient classic Nile Valley Civilizations to West Africa (from which we most directly come from) North , Central and East Africa and throughout the diaspora, right on up to our present day experience here in the hells of north America. So the process does not put in as much as it draws out what is already pre-existing in our mind and spirit (our collective ancestral unconscious).
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Culture is not one of life’s luxuries: it is life itself.
“Culture” may be defined as “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behaviour… language, ideas, beliefs, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies, and other related components…” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1989).
At times,“culture” and “civilization” have been regarded as synonymous; at others, culture has been regarded as the end and civilization the means. In anthropological terms, culture encompasses a broad range of material objects, behavior patterns and thoughts. In western society, culture is commonly regarded as something highbrow, a luxury rather than a necessity. Certain activities are deemed to constitute culture, while others are excluded. This paper argues that a democratic culture where there is access, respect, coherence and/or relevance in the public interest is not elitist, but a basis for human and social development.
Senegal’s former president, the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor, once stated in an interview: “At intellectual conferences in the Third World culture is made an instrument for politics, although Marx was of the opinion that politics should be the instrument for culture. To Marx the purpose of politics is to make man free in order to be able to ‘create works of beauty’. Culture, not politics is the weave that keeps a society together. But industrialized countries in East and West do not accept the notion that cultures be equal although different. They do not take African culture and philosophy seriously as long as we have no economic power.” 4
“Is ‘culture’ an aspect or a means of ‘development’, the latter understood as material progress; or is ‘culture’ the end and aim of ‘development’, the latter understood as the flourishing of human existence in its several forms and as a whole?” 5
These quotations reflect a longstanding and ongoing discussion of two viewpoints. These can, however, be combined without one overshadowing the other. They are interdependent and nurture one another.
On the one hand, the importance of culture is thought to lie in its function as a medium of messages for educational or other social purposes. Here, the sharpness of the instrument depends on the dedication, skills and depth of the conveyor.
The other viewpoint emphasizes culture as a means of paving the way for creativity and showing experience that can be neither measured nor weighed. The artist’s imagination, or the world it builds, is a laboratory of the not-yet-experienced.
In the words of John Gardner, the American novelist, “Art is as original and important as it is precisely because it does not start out with a clear knowledge of what it means to say.”
To stimulate our imagination and nourish our dreams, we seek art, literature, film, music and theatre for a varied range of aesthetic experience. This applies to people all over the world, of all social classes and ages, women and men alike. What we cannot dream about cannot be realized either.
Culture helps us transgress limits, self-imposed or otherwise; to challenge ourselves; and to discover talents we were unaware of – talents that are valuable in every kind of situation in life. Without imagination and creativity, we are prisoners of the structures and thoughts of others.
Four aspects of the role of culture in development may be discerned. There is no competition between the four: rather, they empower one another.
* using culture to illustrate or clarify a medical, political, educational, agricultural or family problem = culture for development
* strengthening the cultural sector = cultural development
* the importance of analysing the consequences of development cooperation on the culture of a country, community or group.
* mainstreaming culture in all development work.
Text modified from: The Power of Culture
Companion Lessons and Further Study Resources:
Black Infant Mortality: Your Generation At Risk