To mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, eAccess Corp. offers a statewide professional development epiphany from March 5, 2011 to April 3, 2011 — the Attucks-Leidesdorff Institute.
Each day, our CaliforniaBlackHistory newsletter will provide a set of learning challenges using cultural referents of the distinctive heritage of the Golden State to teach skills specified in the California subject frameworks.
It is a follow-up to the success of the seven week series Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History from Jan. 18 to March 5, which opened the eyes of educators and parents on how African-American students receive a context for success from the transformational legacy they’ve inherited from the 1500s.
We begin March 5, Black American Day in California schools, honoring the role of Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre as the first patriot to die for this country.
We conclude April 3, the anniversary of William Alexander Leidesdorff dedicating California’s first public school in 1848.
Underpinning the institute is the research of Black Heritage as Gap Closer: California Educator Capacity to Provide Culturally-Responsive Instruction in Social Studies, the 2008 inquiry presented as a keynote to the California Council for Social Studies.
The findings were implemented in 2010 as the Learning Garage intervention strategy.
For the past 20 years, we have chronicled African-Americans achieving world-class accomplishments in industry, science and policy through our Success Secrets of Black Executives book and the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.
Rather than measuring why African-Americans fail, we show how they succeed based on the consistent strategies which have worked for current achievers.
Unless teachers learn how to create a sense of belonging, students have little chance of successful outcomes.
Our objective is to carry out the Education Statement of the Colored Convention of California in 1855:
“Knowledge gives to its possessors a power and a superiority over the uncultivated, real and substantial. The ignorant must give place and yield to the intelligent and educated; it is a law growing out of the nature of things.”
“We are engaged in a great work: it is this, we aim to render overselves equal with the most favored, not simply nominally equal, but truly and practically, in knowledge, energy, practical skill and enterprise. The past has been to us full of wrong and suffering; we are not content with our present condition; it remains for us to say whether we will continue in this position.”