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If the masses of the people were given correct knowl- edge from the very beginning, we would not be in the condition that we find our- selves in today.
It represented a combination of spirit and intelligence. Winslow rated it really liked it Apr 13, Actually, we can nxim be human in the highest sense if we have an identity that is our own. For example, we know from the study of biology that the body is very much affected by our emotions, and events in our bodies similarly affect our emotions.
The rituals of instruction for ini- tiation were immunizations against the inevitable infection that comes from the confusion of youth that are trying to make the transition to adulthood without guidance. The ultimate determination of our successful L education is the degree to which we are able to develop power for independent ft influence.
If after leaving school they have the opportunity to give out to Negroes what traducers of the race would like to have it learn such persons may thereby earn a living at teaching or preaching what they have htyself taught but they never become a constructive force in the development of the race.
They certainly acknowledge that China s civilization was already ancient when the Europeans found their way there and certainly America was fully occupied thydelf the European explorers stumbled on the American con- tinent. Woodson that the continuing problem of the African-American community is the fact that we have not secured adequate knowledge of ourselves. Ritual is a method of systematically reminding us of invisible presence by visible and tangible practices.
An analogy that we may use by looking at a lower animal like a dog gives us an idea of the difference between training and education. Barbie dolls, GI Joe and fairy tales should look like them. Do that which is right that you may live long upon the earth. This collective vision might be a nation, an ethnic group or a community.
In leaving out the African contribu- tion, recent generations of African people have not been able to assume their responsibility to continue the advancement of the civilization that they started and had made outstanding contributions to, prior to their thyaelf. The importance of this kind of education is that it helps people to identify w’here their real power is.
The African worldview does not approach the study of God as some kind of force independent of the human reason and physical reality. Those people who established the European-American education system certainly followed these rules, for the development of their identity. Although the book is targeted primarily towards African Americans, it isn’t done in an overly racial and exclusive manner, it’s an easy read for anyone of any race. Woodson was a highly gifted scholar and gradua of the renowned Harvard University, the book is simple, clear and direct.
Aziz rated it really liked it Sep 02, One of the gravest handicaps among the so-called Negroes is that there is no love for self nor love for his or her own kind. We are material crea- tures as well as spiritual creatures and our physical bodies represent the aspect of nature that is closest to us. Rituals of remembrance constantly remind the African person of the resources that exist within this component of their being. We can waste almost an entire lifetime, trying to be something that we really do not have the skills to be.
The African-American experience is particularly unique within the con- text of the United States because we have been conspicuously absent in the for- mulation of this vision. He has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of important civic and professional organizations, including several terms on the Board of the National Association of Black Psychologists, which he was elected president in In order to transmit the legacy, we must identify whatever evidence of our particular greatness that we can find.
An educa- tional system must be moral in the sense that the person learns truth, order, right- eousness, harmony or the principles of Maat. They are learning not just manners, but the recognition of this Divine mission which we all have and which we must come to recognize.
The so-called school, then, becomes a questionable factor in the life of this despised people. Connect with us Facebook Twitter. This instruction is offered in an environment of implicit respect for gender difference and with the fundamental assumption of the dignity of each gender. In order to influence the vision, we must have the power of information as well as inspiration.
Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar
Remembering is the educational objective of this component of the self. It is for this reason that peo- ple who have a functional knowledge of themselves and their identity will very carefully guard the education of their children to insure that they are taught those things which insure the development of their true tjyself. Instead, there is the process of exchange or trade where we give someone something that they need in order to provide us with something that we need.
It’s a timeless piece, not because the problem is irresolvable, but because it so clearly identifies the far- reaching behavioral, social and economic consequences of this process.
KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III
People will gain a new level of appreciation for Africa and her genius if they are able to study the true meaning of African Art and the philo- sophical conceptions that underlie this Art. However, people must first know their particular tthyself before they can internalize the universal legacy. There is no wonder that die Ancient African people taught the world and later transmitted by the Greek and Roman students of Africa that the ultimate instruction for human growth and transformation was: History’, climate, cultural practices, life challenges and survival strategies have helped to make certain groups psychologically connected.
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An African proverb says: For this will not only insure a mutually beneficial community based on Maat. Newsletter signup Name Email.