Carter G. Woodson held the philosophy that When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions . . .You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. Woodson’s philosophy resonated within a group of Omega Psi Phi Men, who started up the Carter G. Woodson Academy for African American students four years ago.
For the past three years the Omegas have been holding the classes on Saturdays. In the past sessions, students learned Science, STEM, Art, and History of African Americans.
And it has included an historical overview of the Black Power movement, the life and philosophy of Marcus Garvey, the five stages of Malcolm X, and lessons on Assata Shakur.
Thus giving students a better understanding of their powerful past and gives them a vision for a better future.
The Academy will resume its 10 week program at the Kingsley Association, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Feb. 7, to April 11. The continued aim of the Academy is preparing African American youth to serve the Black community.
The premise of this school is built on the work and ideas of Dr. Woodson as laid out in his book “The Mis-Education of the Negro”; specifically Woodson says, “No systemic effort toward change has been possible, for, taught the same economics, history, philosophy, literature, and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negroe’s mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor.”
The Academy is intended to support families and institutions who recognize this as an issue and seek to prevent it from happening to children they love.
Omega Psi Phi Basileus, Brandon Jennings said as educated men the Iota Phi Chapter felt driven to bring something to the community table of solutions to the ongoing issues facing African American families today—beginning prior to 2012.
The group brain stormed and came up with some ways that they as an Fraternity could help to deal with a rash of shootings that had been happening throughout the city.
This year the history and arts theme will be “Black Youth in the Black Community’s Fight for Freedom” and will focus on aspects of history and art of youth who have been part of this battle. The STEM classes (Engineering and Math) will focus on learning about ecosystems.
The program aim is to insure that children are not forced to have another day filled with a main complaint of the current schooling process—boredom! For this reason the day starts out creating a sense of empowerment, the stage is set for the day. It includes gathering in a circle and singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” There is a song about Carter G. Woodson and a “Step” performance and encouragement is extended for all classes to join in on the morning experience. African American Culture is the basis for the Academy’s curriculum. Often people from the community are brought in to supplement the lessons plus the students have a “Service Day” or a project that is designed to drive home Dr. Woodson’s focus on service.
A most important aim of the Academy is to provide an opportunity for more young African Americans to think deeply about the history of America, the contribution that people of African descent have made to the world and Black people’s résistance to racism and in doing so make their own contributions to building a better world free from Racial oppression. It is run and taught primarily by men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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