Are children of black single mothers less likely to thrive today? Yes, if you would ask someone who has no connection to a household with a black single mother or the U.S. Census. Being raised by a single black mother provides a unique environment for growth. Not only was my mother a black single mother but also a teenager, she had me at the young age of 14. Whoa if I wasn’t a statistic waiting to happen.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on March 8, 2014
Throughout February, a monumental lecture series was revived at The New School. The University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the American Race Crisis lecture series, a turn of event in 1964 when civil rights activists were invited to the campus to share progressive ideas for civil rights movement. The Voices of Crisis series included several lectures and forums, as well as an exhibition with archival documentation of the original lectures. Archives included original transcripts, audio clips, photographs, and programs with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ossie Davis and John Killens to name a few of the original attendees.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on March 5, 2014
“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” – Alice Walker.
Alice Walker, a poet and activist, who is mostly known for her award-winning book The Color Purple, coined the term Womanist in her 1983 book In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden: Womanist Prose. Walker defined a womanist as “Womanish, the opposite of girlish…Being grown up…A Black Feminist or Feminist of Color…A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or non-sexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or non-sexually”. The complete text of the definition can be seen here.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on March 4, 2014
Posted by Progressive Pupil on March 3, 2014
Black people only have one recognized right in this world — the right to death. This right is not the right to choose when or how we will die, it is not a coveted right. This right is also not the same guarantee of death that all living beings share. That everyone will eventually die is not to say everyone shares the same relationship with death. The anti-black world positions black people in close proximity to death so that the threat of gratuitous murder awaits us at every corner. This is the price of living Black in the Anti-Black world.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 27, 2014
The emergence of Barack Obama as a prominent political figure inspired African American voters in 2008 to turn out in higher numbers than ever before, closing the gaps in voter turnout. The implication is that the racial divide in American has ‘evaporated’ and that we have moved to an America beyond race. This single instance has been the fuel for right wing white ruling class to achieve the goal that they have long been working for: To remove the protective voting rights for African Americans, the same protective measures that culminated in such a successful turnout in 2008.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 25, 2014
On Wednesday February 5th 2014, Robin J. Hayes, Shannon Shird and I left for Los Angeles, CA to promote the new film Black and Cuba, which was premiering at the Pan African Film Festival. Directed by Robin J. Hayes, PhD—a professor at The New School in New York City and Lead Organizer of Progressive Pupil—the documentary follows a diverse group of Ivy League students who take a field trip to the enigmatic Caribbean island, whose population is 60% Afro-Cuban.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 22, 2014
Love can inspire more than romance – it can inspire activism that lasts a lifetime. Walter and Albertina Sisulu met in a hospital in Johannesburg in 1941. Albertina, a name she chose from a list provided by nuns at her school, chose a professional path rather than early marriage, and was working as a nurse at the hospital at the time she met Walter. A young activist, Walter had joined the African National Congress in 1940 – and together with his wife and their four children spent a lifetime fighting for human rights and against apartheid in South Africa.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 20, 2014
Looking for a fresh and engaging way to teach your students about race? Why create your own blog or Facebook page when you can participate in ours?
Progressive Pupil’s blog, The Progress, and Social Media Education program inform the public about the history, culture and politics of Black communities, promote community engagement and encourage collaboration between diverse communities concerned about racial discrimination. The blog, Facebook page and twitter feed are excellent learning and civic engagement resources for high school (grades 10-12) classes about American History, Global Social Studies, African American Studies and English. It’s editor-in-chief, Robin J. Hayes, PhD, is a professor who specializes in Black studies and social movements. EAch month the blog discusses different content as they relate to the African diaspora, including Black History Month (February), Women’s History (March), Wellness and Environmental Justice (April) and LGBTQ Pride (June). Here are just two assignment ideas:
“February is Black History Month. Subscribe to Progressive Pupil’s blog The Progress and comment on one post per week that interests you. At the end of the month, write an essay describing what you learned about Black identity and culture and how what you learned differed from images you see in the mainstream media.”
“Like Progressive Pupil’s Facebook page and begin sharing posts your Facebook friends that you find interesting and informative. Take notes on the responses you receive. Write a 750-word essay describing the posts that impacted you and how your social network responded to them. How were your friends’ and families’ responses different from yours? Did their responses surprise you? Why? Why not?”
These ideas are just a start. Prof. Hayes and the rest of Progressive Pupil’s staff are happy to discuss customizing assignments to meet your curricular needs. To adopt The Progress or Progressive Pupil’s social media in your Spring 2014 course and offer your students an opportunity for civic engagement, multi-cultural learning and writing skill enhancement, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 20, 2014
Do you work with a group of people who are impacted by violence, lack of health care access, inadequate public education, police misconduct, mass incarceration, reproductive injustice, economic inequality or discrimination against the LGBTQ community? Give them a platform by participating in an ImageVoice workshop where they share their stories and ideas about solutions on our blog by taking photographs or creating a short video. This empowering skill-sharing method enables community members who are most impacted by social problems to document their experiences and envision how they can help create solutions. Email us at email@example.com to find out how to bring our ImageVoice workshop to your group, school, organization or congregation.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 17, 2014