By Tyrone Ash:
Mighty People of African Descent …TELL THE STORY
“We refuse silence! I am Jordyn. I am Taylor. I am Malichi. I am Zoria. I am Tioanna. We are sounding the alarms for all ‘First Responders’. It is time for every grownup, parent, child, business, church, governmental agency, Greek organization, civic/youth organization, historical society, museum, corporation, and community/social group to support the future of this generation’s children. We and other members of our generation refuse ignorance, violence, prison, and the violent death others have planned for our future. Our generation has chosen an intergenerational interactive activity for this day and time. Listen to your children of today’s generation! We have chosen Tell the Story … Knowledge is Power.” Statements made by youth of Atlanta, GA at the production of their video “Post Script to President Obama”.
What Shall I Tell My Child/Children who are of African Descent? This question is a paraphrase of the poem “What Shall I Tell My Child Who Is Black?” by Margaret Burroughs. Awaken, mighty people of African descent! We must “Tell the Story of the Diaspora to our people because Knowledge Is Power”.
Professors at Harvard University in a current study concluded knowledge of self-history and ancestry are essential elements to success of an individual. Carter G. Woodson and other historians promoted knowledge of self-history and ancestry were essential to the success of people of African descent in America decades ago. Tell the Story … Knowledge is Power is implementing the conclusion of the Harvard study and desires of present and past historians. In other words, increasing knowledge of self-history and ancestry in children, youth, and adults of African descent produces greater potential for success for communities, America and World.
“Tell the Story … Knowledge Is Power – Our Intergenerational Interactive Activity” for this time requires the same efforts displayed in the 1950’s when one of every two former slaves could read or write. Education was the intergenerational interactive activity of that time. Children, teenagers, young adults, parents, grownups, senior citizens, churches, and businesses were involved and participated in achieving the remarkable result in education, during “Jim Crow” Era. Awaken mighty people of African descent!
In the 1960’s, the intergenerational interactive activity was civil rights. Generations of people of African descent were on front lines participating in passing constitutional amendments securing civil rights and equal justice. Raised fists were signs of togetherness in purpose. Three and four year olds walked around their neighborhoods with their heads held high and shoulders back singing James Brown’s hit song, “I’m Black and I’m Proud”. The children knew they were part of the intergenerational interactive activity of their generation.
“Put this power in the hands of our generation”, stated the children of Atlanta! “Tell the Story … Knowledge is Power – Our Intergenerational Interactive Activity”. These children produced a video to promote their activity. To view, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmO1WE0RgAQ
Our Intergenerational Interactive Activity, LLC (OIIA) is publisher of “The Story GrandPa Told of American and World African Legends and Culture” and a sponsor of this campaign. The firm has made commitments for portions of book sale revenues go to Education Is Cool – Get One, Inc. (a IRS 501c3 IRS Tax Exempt Organization). These proceeds will be used for “Tell the Story … Knowledge is Power – Our Intergenerational Interactive Activity”. Purchase a copy of the reference book on the African Diaspora and receive two books (Buy One Get One Free), and support the creation of more intergenerational interactive activities in our communities for the success of our children. To purchase a book, go to www.thestorygrandpatold.com
EICGO has the mission to increase parent and guardian participation in their child/childrens’ education and have a presence on school campuses. EICGO has an intergenerational interactive mission to build success of all children, especially those of African descent. To learn more and give your support, go to www.educationiscool.org or call 407-375-0716.
Bring these two intergenerational interactive activities into your community.
About the book: “The Story GrandPa Told of American and World African Legends and Culture” follows the journey of people of African descent from 100,000s of years B.C. to the 21st Millennium. This is a comprehensive story of people of African descent from the world’s first man to the world’s most despised man to the world’s most powerful man. Tyrone A. Ash, author, wrote the reference book on the African Diaspora to be easily read.