In the words of the late, great poet, Maya Angelou, “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.”
It is in the spirit of Ms. Angelou’s words that For Richmond will be rolling out a new program that focuses on Black History and the accomplishments of African Americans aimed at uplifting and empowering Richmond youth by deepening their knowledge of the African American diaspora and history of accomplishment.
The program and its aim will come to fruition through a series of classes that will be launched in the fall of 2017 at For Richmond’s office, 921 Marina Way South, Suite M, Richmond. Classes will be offered on Saturdays two times per month on an ongoing basis to high school students who live in Richmond.
For Richmond is providing the classes to students free of charge.
And who better to help teach classes re: the accomplishments of African American trailblazers than some of the very same people who have blazed those trails themselves? The pool of extraordinary speakers lined up for the classes will range from notable African American politicians, spoken word artists and community leaders recognizable on the local and regional level to world renown change makers who already have their page written in the history books.
A sampling of class topics will include subject matters such as “Black in America throughout the Years,” “What Does it Mean to be a Part of the African Diaspora,” “The Prison Industrial Complex” and “School to Prison Pipeline.”
Time will be spent examining the many influential people in African American culture and history and relevant books, poems and articles as part of the class curriculum.
“We want to give students the opportunity to learn about their cultural history, to reflect upon the past to help them find themselves and prepare for their future,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy about the overarching aim of the classes. “Ultimately, we hope that the information they gain will empower them to carry the torch.”
High school age students who live in Richmond are eligible to participate in the classes. For more information, or to sign up, contact Justice Alford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-260-0290.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com