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There are several scholarly and academic texts that deal with raising African-American children with an Afrocentric consciousness. We have featured a few here as resources. From our reading, we have determined that the idea of Sankofa which means, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.", really encompasses the whole Afrocentric ideal. We found Black Children: Social, Educational and Parental Environments (featured below) to be especially thorough in explaining this concept. **Sankofa definition reprinted from www.sankofa.com

"The African centered education campaign is related to the chronic failure of the education system to provide equal educational results and opportunities for African Americans."  Jacob Carruthers

African Centered Education is a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities provided for African heritage children to develop the necessary and required skills to participate in the global marketplace with specific interest on the upliftment and empowerment of their African-American communities and the total development and growth of the African continent. - Dr. E. Curtis Alexander

The education of any people should begin with the people themselves.... The chief difficulty with the education of the Negro is that it has been largely imitation resulting in the enslavement of his mind. -- Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO, (1933)

"Those who control the education of our children control our future."  -  Julius Nyerere--


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Nea onnim

Symbol of KNOWLEDGE, LIFE-LONG EDUCATION, and CONTINUED QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE. Literal translation: He who does not know can become knowledgeable from learning; he who thinks he knows and ceases to continue to learn will stagnate. The Akan believe that the search for knowledge is a life-long process. The symbol “nea onnim” incorporates this view of learning and knowledge.
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Book CoverAfrican Centered Education:
Its Value, Importance, and Necessity in the Development of Black Children

Haki R. Madhubuti
This book legitimizes the need for African-centered education at an early age in child development.



Book CoverThe Afrocentric Idea
by Molefi Kete Asante

This new edition of THE AFROCENTRIC IDEA boldly confronts the contemporary challenges that have been launched against Molefi Kete Asante's philosophical, social, and cultural theory. Expanding on his core ideas, Asante recasts his original ideas in the tradition of provocative critiques of the established social order. This is a fresh and dynamic location of culture within the context of social change. 256 p.

Theory and practice in Afrikan-centered education

Kwame Agyei Akoto
Improving Schools for African American Students: A Reader for Educational Leaders provides education leaders with access to critical ideas, research, and knowledge across a broad range of educational issues that affect the successful schooling of African American children and youth. The articles that make up this book discuss generic education issues such as policy reform, the importance of high-quality teaching, and the improvement of schools from the perspective of the academic achievement of African American students. They explore the need to identify and redress policies and practices that hinder African American student achievement. They discuss effective teacher training programs, both pre-service and in-service, that focus on the academic and the ethical, social, political, and cultural dimensions of teaching African American students. These articles explore educational programs that build on the strengths that African American students bring to school, as well as how to create these programs in a wide variety of school settings, ranging from schools that serve predominantly African American students to schools in which African American students are a small percentage of the total school population.

The Failure of Public Education in the Black CommunityThe Failure of Public Education in the Black Community
Anyim Palmer;
I sincerely trust that the message this book conveys will somehow be heard. The message of course, is that it can be conclusively demonstrated, as well as documented, that the American public school is and has been for generations wreaking havoc upon the Black/African race. Tragically, little is being done to counter this documented destruction. In this regard, it can in truth be said that the Black/African race in a sense, is a party in a second negative history. The first negative history of course, was the slave trade. The second negative history is the manner in which the Black/African race so blandly tolerated the wicked, brutal and satanic trade in the flesh of our beloved ancestors. Should there be a "doubting Thomas" among you, simply consult the test scores of our young people that appear each year in various media. They are appalling and criminal, and demonstrate beyond contention that the American public school is the primary destructor of our once great race. Should this publication fail to bring light to our people, we are indeed doomed. In summary, we must build our own schools and educate our own.

The Crisis and Challenge of Black Mis-Education in AmericaThe Crisis and Challenge of
Black Mis-Education in America

Gyasi A. Foluke;
After a brief historical overview of "education," beginning with chattel slavery, the author examines the desegregation-"re-segregation" record since the Brown decision of 1954. Accordingly, he reviews many educational factors--test scores, the Euro-centric curriculum, student "tracking," behavior violations, the predominance of White teachers and related system features--in the context of alleged Black student under-achievement under two ideological mindsets, the "system deficit" and the "victim deficit" models.  Subsequently, he analyzes multiple underlying causes of alleged Black under-achievement--the critically important "Polyglot Factor" or the failure to recognize the uniqueness of "the Black experience" in developing educational strategies, Black socioeconomic conditions, a racist political hierarchy at all levels of government, unequal school funding, mis-educated Black or "kneegro" professionals who become "paycheck slaves" (Porter, 1997), inadequate professional development-training for teachers, especially in relation to Black heritage-culture, low teacher-administrator expectations, the misuse of drugs on students (including Ritalin) and multiple other factors.

African-Centered Schooling
in Theory and Practice:

Diane S. Pollard;
Given the increasing interest in African-centered education as a viable alternative educational strategy, the present study, growing out of the African American Immersion Schools Evaluation Project, provides an important demonstration of the movement from theoretical discussions of the potential benefits of African-centered education to its practice and measurable outcomes in urban public schools. The similarities between Milwaukee and other urban schools districts indicate that the findings from this study should have wide applicability

African Centered Interdisciplinary
Multi Level Hands-On Science:

Preprimary-8Th Grade

Bernida Thompson;
Adults will find reading this guide extremely interesting with GREAT discussion topics for any group! Finally – an innovative guide to teachers and students that fulfills all requirements for the nucleus of a science program. The purpose of this book is to provide a successfully proven hands—on science program for schools, homes, and youth organizations. The focus on this science program places the foundation of science in its rightful place, Africa, as documented by the study of history, paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology. Relevant hands-on experiences are given through twelve complete modules of easy to set up activities and student worksheets.

Elijah Muhammad on
African American Education:

A Guide for African and Black Studies Programs (African American Educator Series, V. 1)

Mwalimu I. Mwadilifu;
This book gives a good comprehensive understanding on the farsighted educational thought of Elijah Muhammad...a must reading for all who are interested in African American Child development.

Closing the Racial Academic Achievement GapClosing the Racial Academic
Achievement Gap

Author: Matthew Lynch;

With the arrival of the No Child Left Behind act, the so-called "racial achievement gap" has attracted more concern and controversy than ever before. According to this timely analysis, the myth of the racial achievement gap has nothing to do with genetics—and everything to do a host of embarrassing yet reversible social and pedagogical failures, including low teacher expectations, unrealistic time tables for learning goals, irrelevant curricula, ineffectual teaching methods, careless administrators, poor parental involvement, negative peer groups, and self-esteem issues. For every problem raised, the text offers a level-headed solution, culminating in a plan for closing the supposed racial achievement gap for good.


Closing the Racial Academic Achievement Gap
Author: Matthew Lynch;

Closing the Racial Academic Achievement GapWith the arrival of the No Child Left Behind act, the so-called "racial achievement gap" has attracted more concern and controversy than ever before. According to this timely analysis, the myth of the racial achievement gap has nothing to do with genetics—and everything to do a host of embarrassing yet reversible social and pedagogical failures, including low teacher expectations, unrealistic time tables for learning goals, irrelevant curricula, ineffectual teaching methods, careless administrators, poor parental involvement, negative peer groups, and self-esteem issues. For every problem raised, the text offers a level-headed solution, culminating in a plan for closing the supposed racial achievement gap for good.


Can Black Mothers Raise Our Sons?

Sure to become a "controversial" topic of discussion, this offering takes a look at what may well be the survival question of the African American community for the new millennium. What will be the future of our race when the number of father abandoned Black boys reaches the critical mass?  Are we as a community placing an unfair burden on single Black mothers to continue to raise our sons without the benefit of a positive male presence in the home? Lawson Bush V has called upon the voices of twenty seven mothers who are succeeding at the task at hand...
Basic Black
by Karen Grigsby Bates

Home Training Some call it good manners; in African American vernacular, it's called "home training." With Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times, media freelancers Karen Grigsby Bates and Karen Elyse Hudson provide a modern African American alternative to Emily Post and Miss Manners.



Product image for ASIN: 0974900028Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
Author: Jawanza Kunjufu;



 Boy's Passage, Man's Journey
Author: Brian D. Molitor;

As someone who has taught, written, and seen firsthand the incredible benefits of ?blessing? children, I love Brian Molitor?s book. Step by step, he?ll show you how to put together a rite of passage ceremony that can be a life-changing event for you and your son. In years to come, you and your...


Yo, Little Brother

Yo, Little Brother is an excellent and much needed book for African American males and all those concerned about their plight. This book explores question such as:

  • Why are more African American males in prison than college?

  • Why does an African American male have a greater life expectancy in Africa than America?

Yo, Little Brother is filled with wisdom to keep the African American male alive, sane, prospering, and developing into his full potential.


Sisters Helping Sisters

This book is should be be called " How to take an African American child and turn them into a productive well-rounded adult" A very well thought out offering, Dr. Wright has authored what should be considered a must-have volume in every African American home. She has outlined a right of passage, not only for the female child, but for the male child as well. Through a series of proven programs both inside and outside the church , Dr. Wright has a legitimate solution to the so-called crisis in the black family. Very inspiring, and very useful. Sisters helping Sisters will go down as a masterpiece...


How to Teach Math to Black Students
by Shahid Muhammad

Intended for parents and teachers of African American students, this book provides strategies for correcting the racial achievement gap in upper-grade mathematics. Advice is provided on instilling confidence in African American students and on teaching math in a less sterile and theoretical way....


Hip Hop Street Curriculum
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Refuting the myths that black youth are unable to excel at academics and are limited to careers in professional sports, rap music, or drug dealing, this motivational book aims to engage teens by bridging the gap between school and hip hop culture. Topics such as the ability for many youths to


Critical Issues in Educating African American Youth

by Jawanza Kunjufu

 How can a single, low-income parent produce a high achieving student? If the tests are culturally biased, how do Asian Americans outperform everyone else? Find the answers to these and more probing questions.



From Roots to Wings
Author: Dr. James Young;

Why Darkness Matters represents the work of a group of African-American neuroscientists whose scholarship presses the Boundaries of what call “fearless studies” 

Merging theory with practical advice, this guide recognizes the unique challenges facing African American parents and offers successful parenting strategies to overcome them. Peer pressure, television, and rap music seem to be socializing today's black youth, but this book argues that parental attention is more powerful. Case studies and other research look at expectations, listening, goal-setting, careful time management, nutrition, attention to academics and grades, consistency, prayer, and quality time, and their effectiveness in strong black families.


Image Not AvailableMuslim Mothers Child-Rearing Method: Islamic Child-Rearing in 5 Steps
Yuhaayaa L. Kaahena;


Image Not AvailableBlack genius!: A study of racial values in the curricula for language arts and in the curricula and textbooks used in social studies by the public schools of the District of Columbia
Imari Abubakari Obadele;


Image Not AvailableWhy Children End Up Muslims
Yuhaayaa L. Kaahena;


Image Not AvailableAfrican Centered Child-Rearing:
Hidden Legacy of Black Women

Yuhaayaa L. Kaahena, Latifa Ismail (Editor)



Image Not AvailableIslamic Child-Rearing Directions from a to Z:
Directions from Islamic Child-Rearing

Yuhaayaa L. Kaahena, Latifa Ismail (Editor)



Sixty-Four Years to Make a Negro:
The Merchandising of the Blackman and Woman in America

Alfred Ali;


Book CoverThe Education of Black People
by W. E. B. Du Bois, Herbert Aptheker
Undoubtedly the most influential black intellectual of the twentieth century and one of America's finest historians, W.E.B. DuBois knew that the liberation of the African American people required liberal education and not vocational training. He saw education as a process of teaching certain timeless values: moderation, an avoidance of luxury, a concern for courtesy, a capacity to endure, a nurturing love for beauty. At the same time, DuBois saw education as fundamentally subversive. This was as much a function of the well-established role of education-from Plato forward-as the realities of the social order under which he lived. He insistently calls for great energy and initiative; for African Americans controlling their own lives and for continued experimentation and innovation, while keeping education's fundamentally radical nature in view.
Though containing speeches written nearly one-hundred years ago, and on a subject that has seen more stormy debate and demagoguery than almost any other in recent history, The Education of Black People approaches education with a timelessness and timeliness, at once rooted in classical thought that reflects a remarkably fresh and contemporary relevance.

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Developmental Psychology of the Black Child
By Dr. Amos N. Wilson
From: $9.13 - Paperback - Africana Research Publications Reprint edition (December 1978)


Are Black and White Children the same? Is the Black Child merely a White Child who 'happens' to be 'painted' Black? Are there any significant differences in the mental and physical growth and development of Black and White Children? What effects does race awareness have on the mental and personality development of Black Children? Are such leisure time activities as the playing of certain games, watching T.V., going to the movies, listening to the radio, hazardous to the mental health of Black Children? Is the use of Black English a sign of mental inferiority? Why do Black Children generally score lower than White Children on I.Q. tests? Do Black parents socialize their children to be inferior to White Children? Why have integrated schools and busing failed so many Black Children? If you have been looking for a single source which deals with these and related controversial questions from a black perspective, then this book may be the book for you. For between its covers, The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child
, the first of a UBCS series of books dealing with the growth, development, and education of the black child, in a scholarly but readily understandable way, forthrightly confronts these and other issues.

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Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children
By Dr. Amos N. Wilson
Price: $13.00 - Paperback - Afrikan World Infosystems
1st edition (December 1992)

Afrikan children are naturally precocious and gifted. They begin life with a 'natural head start.' However, their natural genius it too frequently underdeveloped and misdirected by (1) the fact that the racist and imperialist status quo politically mandates their intellectual under-achievement and social mal-adaptiveness; (2) belief in the myth that intelligence is fixed at birth and that Afrikans are innately less intelligent than Europeans; (3) a lack of knowledge of their positively unique developmental psychology; (4) a lack of confidence in their ability to equal or surpass the intellectual performance of any other ethnic group; and (5) the general lack of infant and early childhood educational experiences which stimulate, sustain and actualize their abundant human potential. Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children provides effective means by which these political and social maladies may be fully remedies. Intelligence is not fixed at birth. The quality of children’s educational experiences during infancy and early childhood are substantially related to their measured intelligence, academic achievement and prosocial behavior. In this volume, Amos N. Wilson, author of the bestseller, The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child, surveys the daily routines, child-rearing practices, parent-child interactions, games and play materials, parent-training and pre-school programs which have made demonstrably outstanding and lasting differences in the intellectual, academic and social performance of Black children.

Positive Afrikan Images for Children:
Social Studies Curriculum

Social studies, more than any other area of study, shapes the cultural and ideological perspectives of the developing child. Social studies is a comprehensive area of study which includes subject content from history, geography, civics, political science, economics, government, and anthropology. Given the breadth of the social studies curriculum and dynamic nature of human societies, much of the content will change as society changes. This curriculum guide has been designed to facilitate the cultural development of the Afrikan American child. It has been designed to foster the firm self concept and clear sense of direction and purpose that attends a culturally appropriate curriculum design and a self reflective learning environment. The social studies curriculum guide presented here consists of three components. The first component consists of working definitions and important concepts concerning the curriculum. The second component consists of the year-end behavioral objectives for each academic level.

Going to School:
The African-American Experience (Suny Series Frontiers in Education)

Kofi Lomotey, Editor

In this ground-breaking book, noted scholars/educators respond to the persistent, pervasive and disproportionate underachievement of African-American student s in public schools. In the process, they illustrate various aspects of the dilemma with a wide range of views and address the complexity of the topic by including a consideration of the factors that impact upon the academic achievement of African-American students. Lomotey considers the implications for research, policy and practice related to African-American academic achievement.

Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education:
A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies

Mwalimu J. Shujaa;

Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education: A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies, with its educational focus, fits into the Afrocentric school of thought with its aim to develop subject-centered analysis and solutions for African children.  This book is an attempt to illustrate and demonstrate some of the ways we can use our cultural base to educate children. There is nothing unfamiliar to the reader about this process; it has been the fundamental process of education in all societies. You cannot leave the education of your children simply to those whose purposes are different from your own and expect the children to grow up and follow the path of your ancestors. 

The Storytellers
Karume Jumal;

The genesis of The Storytellers, written by Karume Jumal, was a small seed planted twenty-six years ago by a teacher who was a storyteller herself. Mwalimu (Mama) Nachisali was a beautiful, animated lady who thrilled her students with stories that usually included the students, and always included secret passages, strange creatures, and terrible monsters. Somehow, the stories always ended with the students triumphing over the monsters, and invariably, they would save their teachers, families, or their school, Omowale Ujamaa. That was the early seventies. In the mid-eighties, Karume stood in front of a class as a Mwalimu and wanted to excite his students about education as he had been. Mwalimu Karume's students were his inspiration to tell and write the stories that Mama Nachisali and other Omowale teachers had inspired in him.

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Sailing Against the Wind:
African Americans and Women in U.S. Education
Kofi Lomotey, editor

Experienced American educators discuss the impact of social inequalities created by racism and sexism on the U.S. educational system. Sailing Against the Wind addresses the issue of inequality in U.S. education. The book includes exemplary programs to show where educators are addressing problems of racial and gender inequity. The authors are experienced practitioners who work in the educational institutions that they describe and analyze. The consistent theme is that only through political opposition to the status quo and through a demand for social justice will the system change, will inequities be eliminated, and will existing power relationships in society be altered.

A is for Afrikans

These materials were developed out of the need to incorporate visual and tactile reading activities with culturally relevant images. These phonic and handwriting activities are designed for 4 to 6 year-old pre-readers. Parents can use these activities in conjunction with other pre-reading activities such as alphabet flash cards, alphabet blocks magnetic letters, children's books, and/or alphabet puzzles. The A is for Afrikans four workbook set will help your child develop the basic phonic skills necessary for success in learning to read. In the classroom, teachers can use A is for Afrikans to reinforce visual and auditory discrimination,  consonant recognition, color words, and handwriting. These materials can also serve as the core of a phonic learning center. Teachers may reproduce worksheets from this book for classroom use only.

0807738700.gifAfrican American Males in School and Society:
Practices and Policies for Effective Education

Vernon C. Polite;
At last, a comprehensive look at the most salient issues that affect the future of African American men. This book provides much more than a ray of hope, it is replete with recommendations and practices that, if implemented, will positively impact educational and social outcomes. Every educator and parent who grapples with the dilemma of educating Black boys and young men should read this book.

School administrations serious about addressing the underachievement and underdevelopment of African American boys and youths will find in this book theoretical and methodological approaches (e.g., practical, just-in-time strategies for implementation). This book will empower readers who are committed to equity and excellence for African American male students in elementary and secondary schools

Black Children:
Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles

Janice E. Hale-Benson;

American educators have largely failed to recognize the crucial significance of culture in the education of African-American children, contends Janice E. Hale in the revised edition of her groundbreaking work, Black Children. As African-American children are acculturated at home and in the African-American community, they develop cognitive patterns and behaviors that may prove incompatible with the school environment. Cultural factors produce group differences that must be addressed in the educational process. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, and psychology, Hale explores the effects of African-American culture on a child's intellectual devlopment and suggests curricular reforms that would allow African-American children to develop their intelligence, pursue their strengths, and succeed in school and at work.

Educating our Black Children :
New Directions and Radical Approaches (Studies in Inclusive Education)

Richard Majors;
"It is well established that many young black pupils are being excluded from mainstream education. Although social exclusion is a major issue in the government's education policy, recent initiatives and programmes have been criticised for being colour-blind and failing to place targets on areas such as black exclusions. This book goes beyond traditional research and policy analysis by providing actual approaches and programmes. This collection of essays from distinguished UK and US contributors focuses on positive social inclusion policy and practice. Themes covered include: mentoring schemes and how to evaluate mentoring; masculine identity; rites of passage programmes and manhood training; black supplementary schools; and African-centred knowledge systems."

Unbank the Fire:
Visions for the Education of African American Children

by Janice E. Hale
Hale (early childhood education, Wayne State U.) further develops the theses of her earlier book, Black Children, and argues that African American culture should be considered in designing educational practice for African American children. She analyzes the historical context of upward mobility, discusses the cultural milieu that provides the framework for African American values and behavior, and describes an early childhood demonstration program.


Sba the Reawakening of the African Mind
Asa G., III Hilliard;
"SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind is a key. It is a roadmap. It is a call to destiny…. With SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind, Dr. Hilliard…helps us to comprehend why education is so critical to African liberation and advancement. Within his opening thoughts, Asa inextricably links the mind (spirit), with culture and education. He notes that to reawaken the African mind, one must ensure that the goal of education, and the socialization process must be to understand and live up to African cultural principles, values and virtues.” --Wade W. Nobles, Ph.D. (From the Foreword)

Keeping Black Boys Out Of Special Education

Keeping Black Boys Out Of Special Education
Jawanza Kunjufu;

This critical analysis looks at the disproportionate number of African American males in special education. Arguing that the problem is race and gender driven, questions covered include Why does Europe send more females to special education? Why does America lead the world in giving children Ritalin? Is there a relationship between sugar, Ritalin, and cocaine? and Is there a relationship between special education and prison? More than 100 strategies to help teachers and parents keep black boys in the regular classroom, such as revising teacher expectations, increasing parental involvement, changing teaching styles from a left-brain abstract approach to a right-brain hands-on approach, redoing the curriculum, understanding the impact of mass media, and fostering healthy eating habits.

Children are the reward of life:
Parent/teacher guidelines for maximizing black children's potential

Jawanza Kunjufu;

Teacher's guide for Lessons from history, a celebration in blackness:
Elementary and jr.-sr. high editions

Jawanza Kunjufu;


Book CoverAfrican American Children: A Self-Empowerment Approach to Modifying Behavior Problems and Preventing Academic Failure
Carolyn M. Tucker;



Practical Application of Social Learning Theories In Educating Young African-American Males
George R. Taylor;



Book CoverBlacks in Science: Ancient and Modern (Journal of African Civilizations ; Vol. 5, No. 1-2)
Ivan Van Sertima (Editor)
I recommend anyone reaching and exploring to shatter the myths of primitive Africans to read this book. Another thing this book explores is the evidence they found in Kenya of an astronomical observatory. The book does show the lack of study in the scientific nature of indigenous African people.
The Miseducation of the Black Child -- The Hare Plan: Educate Every Black Man, Woman and Child
Nathan Hare
Mis-Education of the Negro
Carter G. Woodson



Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior
Marimba Ani



Product photoEducating African American Males: Detroit's Malcolm X Academy Solution
Clifford Watson;



Educating our Black Children : New Directions and Radical Approaches (Studies in Inclusive Education)
Richard Majors;

The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954 (Teaching for Social Justice, 6)
William H. Watkins



Afrotopia : The Roots of African American Popular History
Wilson Jeremiah Moses - Wilson Moses traces the origins of Afrocentrism since the 18th century. Moses provides a rich history of black intellectual life and the concept of race.

Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children
Janice E. Hale;

A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children
Baruti K. Kafele;



Improving Schools for African American Students: A Reader for Educational Leaders
Sheryl Denbo
African-Centered Pedagogy: Developing Schools of Achievement for African American Children (The Social Context of Education)
Peter C. Murrell Jr.;


Mis-Education of the Negro
Carter G. Woodson;
Woodson’s “Mis-Education of the Negro” is still the most thorough articulation on the damage inflicted on the African American sense of self (which includes esteem, efficacy, worth, consciousness, image, identity) by the American Schooling system.  This book lays the foundation and provides the rationale for African Centered Education." Lethandus Goddins II

Learning While Black
by Janice E. Hale In a wide but welcome swing of the pendulum, Hale (founder of a school for facilitating the intellectual development of African-American preschool children and author of two books on educating black children) fixes her gaze directly upon schools the teachers and the children.
This Ohio home schooling family educated all three of their sons to Ivy League institutions. Two went to Princeton and the youngest went to Amherst College.


Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students: Promising Practices and Programs (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series (Paper))
Donna Y. Ford;
Exploring the African Centered Paradigm
Itibari M. Zulu;
Curriculum Strategies: Social Skills Intervention for Young African-American Males
George R. Taylor;

Kill Them Before They Grow: The Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in America's Classrooms
Michael Porter;



African-Centered Psychology: Culture-Focusing for Multicultural Competence
Daudi Ajani Ya Azibo





Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery
Na'Im Akbar


Image Not AvailableCenter shift: An African-centered approach for the multicultural curriculum
Joan D Ratteray;




Improving Schools for African American Students
by Sheryl Denbo, Lynson Moore Beaulieu


Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?
And Other Conversations About Race

by Beverly Daniel Tatum


Book CoverInfusion of African & African American Content in the School Curriculum
How to get your children excited about school and their own history
Asa G. Hilliard




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Prophetic Insight:
The Higher Education and Pedagogy of African Americans

Earnest N. Bracey;
Prophetic Insight explores contentious issues in higher education concerning black students relative to larger society, while providing the competing perspectives needed to understand and evaluate multiculturalism and the diverging exigencies facing the higher education system in America. Ernest N. Bracey invites conversation about the pedagogy of blacks, discusses the current state of Black Studies, the W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington debate, and Afrocentricity. He invites an appreciation of the beginnings and roots of black education in America, recognizing the debate over affirmative action, and explores the uniqueness of historically black colleges and universities. Most importantly, Bracey provides constructive and analytical information on the necessary methods of examining African American politics and higher education within the context of historical and contemporary issues.

Black Young Adults How to Reach Them, What to Teach Them: How to Reach Them, What to Teach Them ISBN: 0933176090Black Young Adults How to Reach Them, What to Teach Them:
How to Reach Them, What to Teach Them

Walter A. McCray;

According to Rev. McCray, it is the black young adults ages 17 to 24, especially the males, who will either make the Black Church and community or break them through their own broken lives. Here Rev. McCray presents meaningful and clear directions and workable ideas to help black youth grow into strong committed young adults. (Black Light Fellowship)
FROM THE PUBLISHER:  The strength of the book lies in the author's identification of unique ways in which Christian education can communicate God's Word to young adults in the Black Church.

Attitudes and Attitude Change in Special Education:
Theory and Practice

Reginald L. Jones;

African American Identity Development (Advances in Black Psychology, 2)
Reginald L. Jones;

by Joyce M. Jarrett,
Unique in its perspective and range, this developmental reader/writer uses diverse essays, short stories, poems and plays by and about African Americans to stimulate critical reading, thinking, discussion, and writing. It first provides a comprehensive process-oriented writing guide with illustrations of writing in progress, and then offers a diverse collection of readings. The readings explore 18 themes and will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers — both traditional and non-traditional.

Young, Gifted, and Black
by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, Asa G., III Hilliard
Young, Gifted, and Black is a unique joint effort by three leading African-American scholars to radically reframe the debates swirling around the achievement of African-American students in school.

In three separate but allied essays, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard place students" social identity as African-Americans at the very center of the discussion. They all argue that the unique social and cultural position Black students occupy, in a society which often devalues and stereotypes African American identity, fundamentally shapes students" experience of school and sets up unique obstacles. And they all argue that a proper understanding of the forces at work can lead to practical, powerful methods for promoting high achievement at all levels.


Learning to Survive: Black Youth Look for Education and Hope

Learning to Survive: Black Youth Look for Education and Hope
Atron A. Gentry;

This book presents the experiences and ideas of a leading Black educator, interweaving his autobiography with the stories of contemporary street gang members and former members. Their own words illustrate Gentry's thesis that even the hardest gang members wanted to get an education and want to find "The Hope Factor." In addition, the book offers an approach for dealing with the greatest challenges facing the nation today: urban violence and the mis-education of minority youth.


Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Developing Positive Self-Images and Discipline in Black Children
by Jauanza Kunjufu



Motivating and Preparing Black Youth for Success
by Jawanza Kunjufu



Black in School
by Shawn A. Ginwright



How to Teach Math to Black Students
by Shahid Muhammad
Author has been a math teacher in public and private schools for more than 10 years. He has received numerous awards, including America's Teacher Award. He lives in Chicago.


Contentious Curricula :
Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools

Amy J. Binder;
Binder carefully considers the scholarly literature of social movements and makes a contribution to it by examining social movements focusing on the impact of these movements on subnational governmental units.


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Ibrahim Shalaby;



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Social Studies Curriculum
Product photoTesting African American Students
Asa G., III Hilliard;



Image Not AvailableThe Sankofa Way: African Roots in Education
Elleni Tedla;



Product photoCurriculum Strategies: Social Skills Intervention for Young African-American Males
George R. Taylor;



Book CoverSankofa: African Thought and Education (Studies in African and African-American Culture, Vol 11)
Elleni Tedla;
Marva Collins' Way
by Marva Collins,



Product photoThe School That Cared: A Story of the Marva Collins Preparatory School of Cincinnati
P. Kamara Sekou Collins
Product photoOrdinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers
Marva Collins;

Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy (Black Literature and Culture Series)
by Jr., Houston A. Baker

Superlearning 2000: The New Technologies of Self Empowerment
Emily Diane Gunter;
Black Parenting: Strategies for Training
Kerby T. Alvy;
Effective black parenting: A review and synthesis of black perspectives
Kerby T Alvy;
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The Power of Positive Parenting: Guidelines for Raising Healthy and Achieving Children
Kerby T. Alvy;


Product photoParent Training Today: A Social Necessity
Kerby T. Alvy;
Going to School: The African-American Experience (Suny Series Frontiers in Education)
Author: Kofi Lomotey;

Building Effective Afterschool Programs
by Olatokunbo S. Fashola
" ... provides a breadth of information that interested stakeholders can use in planning, designing, or implementing an afterschool program. Especially noteworthy is the attention paid to the importance of evaluation.”


Private Schooling

 Evaluation and authority in independent Black educational institutions
Jean Marie Sharp;

A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom)

by Baruti K. Kafele



Educating the Black Child in the Black Independent School
Seth Nii Asumah;
This volume offers an alternative approach to educating Black children in, especially, our urban centers. We hope that this book will provide an eminent challenge to students, teachers, and educators, who interact with and teach Black children, to develop and sustain a successful Africana personality that is not alienated from the walls of the American school system.


Visible Now:
Blacks in Private Schools (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies)

Diana T. Slaughter;
Since 1970 increasing percentages of Black students have enrolled in all types of private schools in diverse though predominantly urban regions of the nation. This book looks at all aspects of the educational experiences of the Black children in private and parochial schools, and explores the implications of private schooling for educational policy and future research. The editors' introduction provides an overview of the educational situation of Black children, focusing on the interface between the children, their families, and academic achievement in their schools. The organization of the volume reflects the diversity of private school types attended by Black children.

Qaidi Faraj
Qaidi Faraj is a writer, educator and activist who has written a book for our children about themselves. Ourstory tells them who they are through the eyes and work of their ancestors, the same ancestors who built and cultivated the world's first and greatest civilizations who consistently acted in their children's interest, whose lives consciously followed and defended the patterns and rules established by the universe. It is not someone else's fiction of what happened to us or what they did to us as we sat idly by or celebrated our destruction. It is a factual reenactment of our self-determined struggle to remain powerful Afrikan people. Ourstory is a book to be read and studied by middle and high school students (and adults also because we cannot teach our children what we do not know). It makes concepts, places and events plain without taking away any of the unfolding drama, while the vocabulary subtly challenges them to reach higher levels of thinking. It has already become a well distributed teaching tool among home and private schools, as well as study groups. People often ask for a history curriculum for their children that gives them a sense of self without glorifying that which never was. Ourstory is an essential part of such a curriculum that provides empowering truth.



Freedom Challenge:
African American Homeschoolers

Grace Llewellyn;
Whatever the quality of the nation's public schools, it's clear African American students are particularly affected by their weaknesses. It's not surprising, therefore, that Llewellyn--editor of "Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School" (1993) and author of "The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education" (1991)--found more than a dozen parents and children willing, even anxious, to share their experiences with what Llewellyn calls "unschooling."

Morning by Morning
Any home-schooling parent can learn something from this book, but it's specifically directed at the "traditional, conservative, black, middle-class way." Penn-Nabrit's account focuses on her three sons, who were in the fourth and sixth grades when their home schooling began.


Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education:
A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies

Mwalimu J. Shujaa
Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education: A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies, with its educational focus, fits into the Afrocentric school of thought with its aim to develop subject-centered analysis and solutions for African children.  This book is an attempt to illustrate and demonstrate some of the ways we can use our cultural base to educate children. There is nothing unfamiliar to the reader about this process; it has been the fundamental process of education in all societies. You cannot leave the education of your children simply to those whose purposes are different from your own and expect the children to grow up and follow the path of your ancestors. 


A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom)

Author: Baruti K. Kafele;

A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children is a guide describing ways in which parents can play a much more active and productive role towards "our" children's educational growth and development at home. Thoughout the Black community, there is a tremendous amount of debate and...


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Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
Author: Mary Pride;



Goal Setting:
For Serious-Minded Black Folks

(Of All Ages)

Author: Baruti K. Kafele;

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Young, Gifted, and Black : Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students
Author: Claude Steele;


EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION VERSUS HIGH-STAKES STANDARDIZED TESTING. (Statistical Data Included) : An article from: Journal of Teacher Education
Author: Asa G. III Hilliard;
Testing African American Students, Nos 2 and 3:
Special Issue of the Negro Educational Review

Author: Asa G. Hilliard;
Information for excellence and equity in education
Author: Asa Grant Hilliard;
A Child is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Author: Zakia Shabazz;
Successful completion of high school algebra:
A comparison between individualized and traditional instruction (Masters' theses. Secondary Education. Mathematics)

Author: Margaret Grasso Bower;
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Teach Your Own:
The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

Author: John Holt;


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Beating the Odds:
Raising Academically Successful African American Males

Author: Freeman A. Hrabowski;


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Overcoming the Odds:
Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women

Author: Kenneth I. Maton;


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The Warrior Method :
A Parents' Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys

Author: Raymond Winbush;


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Black Pearls for Parents :
Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations for African-American Parents

Author: Eric V. Copage;


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Boys into Men:
Raising Our African American Teenage Sons

Author: Nancy, Ph.D. Boyd-Franklin;



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The Black Parenting Book


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Strength for Their Journey :
5 Essential Disciplines African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children andTeens

Author: Robert L. Johnson;


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Launching Our Black Children for Success:
A Guide for Parents of Kids from Three to Eighteen

Author: Joyce A. Ladner;


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How to Teach Math to Black Students
Author: Shahid Muhammad;


Teaching Our Babies to Read:
A Guide for African American Parents

Author: Jannah Al-Uqdah;
African American Parents Guide:
Raising Culturally Aware Children

Author: Mary Sood;
Black Male Adolescents:
Parenting and Education in Community Context

Author: Benjamin P. Bowser;
The crucial element in the development of Black children:
A guide for African American parents : part I

Author: Richard K Simmons;
Mothering Inner-City Children:
The Early School Years

Author: Katherine Brown Rosier;

The Africa-centered perspective of history:
An introduction

C. Tsehloane Keto;

Kawaida studies:
The new nationalism

Imamu Amiri Baraka;



The Egyptian Philosophers
by Molefi Kete Asante



Griots and Griottes
by Thomas A. Hale


Book CoverThe African Novel in English : An Introduction (Studies in African Literature)
M. Keith Booker;

Death And The Kings Horseman (Modern Plays S.)
by Wole Soyinka



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