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The Educational System: Black Genocide or Uplift?

Saturday, September 25, 2010 | 5:30pm-8:00pm
“To entrust the minds of our young to Europeans is equivalent to blowing their brains out ourselves, for all we will receive in return are brothers and sisters who are confused about their identity, purpose, and direction, and in effect have been tortured to a slow death.”

~ Don L. Lee, Professor & Poet

The Rockefeller Foundation founded the General Education Board in 1903.  G. Edward Griffin claims, “The object was to use the classroom to teach attitudes that encourage people to be passive and submissive to their rulers.”  Due to its powerful influence on the mind and one’s view of the world, the system of education can be conducive to success; however, it can also be used to damage self-esteem and hinder self-actualization. Despite educational achievement in the Black community, we still find instances of “educated” Blacks engaging in self-destructive behavior (economically and socially).  Hence, the critical importance of assessing the educational system and the values it instills.

This month’s discussion will focus on:
  • The purpose and value of education
  • Mainstream education’s effect on Black self-esteem and the ability to think independently and critically
  • Determining whether educators, especially those of African descent, possess the skills and healthy minds necessary to teach Black students
  • The possibilities of the current educational system instilling consciousness and self-realization in students

Readings to be Discussed (download attachment to view)


“The Destruction of Black Civilization” (excerpt), Chancellor Williams

“The Mis-Education of the Negro” (excerpt), Carter Godwin Woodson

“Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-esteem” (excerpt), bell hooks


Click here to view readings: PreReading-September Talking Black Series
Event Schedule


*Pre-discussion: Meet & Greet (5:30 – 6:00 p.m.) – Refreshments will be served


*Discussion (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.):


– Part 1: Moderated discussion around topics and reading


– Part 2: Group Exercise







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