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RIGHTS OF (African Centered) PASSAGE


"Africentricity - At this highest level, the person becomes totally changed to a conscious involvement in the struggles for his/her own mind's liberation and becomes aware of the collective conscious will. Now the person is consumed. Once you have Africentricity, no one needs to tell you that you have it or ask you if you have it; it is consciously revealed in everything you do, say, think or feel." (www.ritesofpassage.org)


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Welcome Dede! An African Naming Ceremony
by Ifeoma Onyefulu

K-Gr. 3. As in One Big Family: Sharing Life in an African Village (1997), Onyefulu's new photo-essay draws on her rich West African heritage to celebrate a strong cultural tradition. Told from the viewpoint of Amarlai, a Ga boy in Ghana, the handsome full-color photos and clear narrative show the...


Shaasha Barta : The Book of the 41 Virtues

Young Black males from their teens to their thirties have a difficult time in American society. Without a nurturing and protective culture or code of behavior they are lost. Black males don't seek conflict, they seek security. But nothing prevents them from being locked in an unending, inhumane struggle for survival. Shaasha Barta gives back a key that was lost during slavery: a code of honor and conduct that existed in the time of the great African empires; the key necessary for the restoration of dignity, honor and stability.
While this book is like a letter from a loving elder to young Black men, it is not just for young people. The author has an extensive knowledge of various ancient warrior cultures in different countries in Africa, which comes through in the introduction, the principles, and the quotations. There are wonderful, brief stories that illustrate the principles - taken from discussions between griots and young warriors, kings and their subjects, elders, fathers and sons.  The 41 virtues represent values that are the true foundation of civilization - respect, integrity, honor, loyalty.

Torches on the Road of Passage
 ---- a guide for Black Males


This book is about insights (torches) that may shed light on the pathway of manhood and fatherhood particularly for the young black male. The torches are lit from three sources. These sources are: African proverbs and stories from a cross section of African countries; Biblical proverbs and parables; and the author's experiences.



Bringing the Light Into a New Day:
African Centered Rites of Passage

Lathardus Goggins II -
This book provides a thorough discussion on the principles and components of African centered rites of passage (rites). It should -linked" African centered rites of passage. The title, "Bringing the light into a new day," is a metaphor that refers to all the familiar quotes and statements about light and the coming of the dawn, where light is a metaphor for opportunity, hope and wisdom.

African Americans families and communities must bring the light (opportunity, hope and wisdom) into the new day, so that the children can see their unique genius. How to bring this light? African Centered Rites of Passage.

Book CoverReaching Black Males Through Spirituality
Baba Koleoso Karade, Tessaat Khufu (Editor), Foreword by T. a. El Amin

Baba Koleoso Karade, aka Nashid Fakhrid-Deen, JD, has undertaken the task of presenting us with a manual, a guide if you will, that can be used by groups across the Diaspora to assist their young men through a rites-of-passage program. Reaching Black Males Through Spirituality is a real and practical textbook that teaches our black males how to become MEN in America using the foundation of African principles. Koleoso tackles issues from teenage sex to racism and the problem of street violence, offering healing guidance on the central problems facing the African American Community.



Face Forward:
Young African American Men in a Critical Age

Julian C. R. Okwu;
"I wanted to introduce the world to another idea of young African American men," he writes in his introduction, explaining the reason for this powerful and important book. In Face Forward, he presents photographs and brief autobiographies, in their own words, of 40 young black men. They are a varied lot--a former gang member, a dancer, a medical student, a politician, businessmen, and activists. What they have in common, though, is a desire to give back to the black community, and to be seen for who they are.

  As I Am:
Young African American Women in a Critical Age

Julian C. R. Okwu;
As I Am is Julian C.R. Okwu's companion book to Face Forward (which focused on young African American males "in a critical age"). For As I Am, Okwu selected and interviewed 36 women with vastly different experiences and backgrounds to illustrate the complexity of black women's experiences in America. The civil rights era has come and gone, but battles are still being waged. From the superintendent at a construction company who has to deal with snide sexist remarks to the veterinarian who is warned by a dog's owner, "I don't know how she is with black people," struggles for equality in the workplace, on university campuses, and throughout our culture continue.

 Saving the Native Son:
Empowerment Strategies for Young Black Males

Courtland C. Lee
Achieving manhood has historically been a complex and challenging task for the Black male in America. Therefore Black manhood must be carefully fostered from an early age by major socializing agents and institutions. This book provides school counselors and related professionals with important information about the development of young Black males. It is designed as an action manual for all those concerned about promoting the development of the next generation of African American men. The concepts and programs presented are designed to guide initiatives for promoting the academic, career, and personal-social empowerment of young Black males

Empowering Young Black Males, III:
A Systematic Modular Training Program for Black Male Children and Adolescents

Courtland C. Lee;
Organized in a systematic modular format, Empowering Young Black Males offers an empowerment program for young Black males. The modules are designed to provide culture-specific empowerment experiences that focus on helping young Black males develop the attitudes and skills necessary for current academic achievement and future success. Empowering Young Black Males is co-published with the American Counseling Association Foundation.

manhood.bmp (494454 bytes)Manhood: A Light From Within

by Cary D. Graham
A one of a kind gem. A must read for everyone who loves a son, or raises a daughter. The myths and stereotypes about manhood are shattered and the truth is laid bare. A provocative, in-depth analysis of intimate masculine nurturing which brings new levels of understanding to the development of manhood, from it's spiritual basis, through the myriad of issues males are faced with. Finally, a book that gets to the root causes of why males do what they do, and how to lead, teach, guide and direct them to embracing and then improving in their manhood. We now have a textbook on manhood that is easy to understand. Manhood is qualified, quantified, charted and plotted.

Pathways to Manhood:
Young Black Males Struggle for Identity

Janet Mancini Billson;
Pathways to Manhood offers a realistic and useful tool for understanding young Black males in their search for identity. How should a teacher respond to a "tough guy" so a potentially violent encounter does not escalate? How should a parent nurture a "together guy" to help him develop into a strong young male with high autonomy? How should a police officer deal with a young Black male who is into drugs and conning? Pathways to Manhood offers a wonderful model for identifying the "strategic styles" used by young people, especially Black males, and for fostering positive styles and diminishing the negative styles. This book is great for school systems, juvenile justice and corrections workers, and anyone else who is trying to understand and cope with young males who are, as the author says, struggling for identity in a confusing world.

Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: The Passage
Nathan Hare;
Dr. Nathan Hare holds two Ph.D's (in clinical psychology and sociology). He is on the faculty of San Francisco State University, where he was the first person hired to coordinate a black studies program in the United States. Dr. Hare, a recent winner of the National Award for distinguished scholarly contributions to black studies, is in the private practice of psychotherapy.  
He writes:

"I am a Black Man

The evidence of anthropology now suggest that I, the black man , am the original man , the first man to walk this vast imponderable earth. I, the black man , am an African , the exotic Quintessence of a universal blackness. I have lost by force my land, my language, in a sense my life, I will seize it back so help me. Toward that end, if necessary, I will crush the corners of the earth, and this world will surely tremble, until I , the blackman , the first and original man, can arm in arm with my black women, erect among the people of the universe a new society, humane to its cultural core, out of which at long last last will emerge, as night moves into day, the first truly human being that the world has ever known."

African royal wedding and marriage ceremony: A guide
Kwabena Faheem Ashanti;





Kindezi: The Kongo art of babysitting
K. Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau;
Kindezi (the art of babysitting) and the ndezi (babysitter) provide an extensive amount of services for both the society at large and the idividual child, making for a cohesive, unified community.  Kindezi serves to provide an early education for African youth, therapy and feeling of purpose for the aged, and liberation and independence for African women.  In addition, Kindezi develops the moral and intelectual character of the young, thus ensuring a strong foundation for each new generation.


Positive Continental Afrikan Self-Knowledge Technology:
Or, to Know We Are Continental Afrikans, is to Be Afrikans in Thoughts, Words and Deeds

Afrikadzata Deku;




Let the Circle Be Unbroken:
The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora

Marimba Ani;
... is an active organizer in the Afrikan Community. She has conducted Rites of Passage programs for Afrikan youth and young adults. She travels frequently to Ghana, West Afrika, where she is continuing her study and support of Afrikan traditional healing concept and practices. She is part of a "think tank" of Afrikan-centered scholars currently spear-heading the socially and politically dynamic "To Be Afrikan" campaign. She is Director of the Afrikan Heritage Afterschool Program, a voluntary effort which has been operating in the Harlem Community for the past 14 years. Marimba Ani holds a BA degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and the MA and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School University. She is Professor of Afrikan Studies in the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.

The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys ISBN: 0380975076

   The Warrior Method
by Raymond Winbush
According to the recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, black males die at a rate fifteen times higher than that of white males because of homicidal violence. The Department estimates that 28 percent of black males will enter state or federal prisons during their lifetime. In response to these devastating statistics, psychologist, educator, and father Raymond Winbush has created The Warrior Method -- a program designed for parents and teachers to help black boys become strong, self-reliant men. Filled with thoughtful reflections on the author's own experiences, the book looks at a male's life through the prism of the four seasons: spring -- conception to four years old; summer -- ages five through twelve; autumn -- ages thirteen through twenty-one; and winter -- age twenty-two and beyond.

Winbush's comprehensive, step-by-step approach draws on such African traditions as the "Birthing Circle" and a "Young Warriors Council" to help boys make important transitions, along with numerous other modern variations on tribal customs that instill the values of self-respect, dignity, and honor.

Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
Vol. I-IV Series

by Jawanza Kunjufu

This book provides strategies and techniques for improving high school and college graduation rates.

"...This is an effective handbook for all Black people. It is virtually a little encyclopedia. You have done an impressive and important job." -- Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet Laureate

"The book clearly shows that African American parents, teachers, administrators, business people -- in fact, all members of the community -- are part of the conspiracy, and as such, have a role and a responsibility in countering the conditions that are destroying our youth, our future." -- Sanyika Anwisye, Co-founder and Director, Frederick Douglas Institute, St. Louis

Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti

Asafo is an in-depth Afrikan centered discussion of the requirements of Afrikan manhood. In it, the author clearly lays out our sources of power and the tools that must be acquired, mastered and used if we are to reclaim our correct role as warrior scholars in the battle to provide safe, sacred and empowering spaces for our families and communities. It gives specific consciousness raising guidelines for our Nationbuilding effort, weeding out those compromising ideas and forces which have kept us confused over whether we want to be powerful or just influential in this world. This book is a very important tool in Afrikan menís efforts to help Re-Afrikanize our people. As the table of contents indicate, there is a strong emphasis on building functional educational institutions, developing a dynamic sense of group-consciousness through elevating oneís self-consciousness, male rites of passage programs and a warriorís mental preparation. In addition, we are taken through the difficult process of growing from being merely other-directed, apathetic individual consumers to powerful, mission-directed men in thought, word and deed. Asafo closes with an extensive collection of revolutionary quotes that specifically work to define, direct and heal every Afrikan

Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males begins with an Afrikan Centered investigation into the origins and historical evolution of homosexuality. This elemental study expands into a detailed analysis of the most important part of this work, the growing gender confusion of Afrikans socialized into European culture and society. The historical relationship of white supremacy, based in the real and perceived threat of Afrikan males, to European global cultural imperialism/hegemony provides the foundation for these arguments. In plain terms, there is a direct relationship between the forced enslavement of Afrikan males into European society, the ongoing fear of Afrikan men by European men, the racist economic order that has gradually but systematically reduced its need for Afrikan labor since the official end of the Afrikanís physical enslavement and the subsequent growing effeminization of a significant number of Afrikan males in this Western society. The process and desired result of this effeminization process is a significant part of the means by which European society seeks to reduce/eliminate the potential expression of a righteous rage by Afrikan men. This methodical de-masculinization manifests itself in numerous ways and rationales, from within the prison system to higher education to single parenting to the labor market to the church to the media, all of which are thoroughly discussed in this book. At the base of this assault is the historical confusion and cultural alienation of Afrikans themselves. If people act toward any problem without historical awareness, for all problems are located in history, then in all probability they act wrongly or, as many prefer to say, they do no more than react. Therefore, many of us who are alarmed over this growing sexual confusion are mostly reacting to what is being done to our sons. And, because of this, we are unable to effectively arrest the European psychosexual assault on them. We do not see ourselves as powerful enough to stop others from turning our sons into their daughters. In the Western cultural context, men fear men, not women. And European men fear Afrikan men for many good reasons. They understand that the best way to significantly reduce this threat is to turn your enemyís males into females so that they make themselves into non-threats. Blame for powerlessness in the face of assault falls on the victim. That undeniable truth is what this book attempts to explain in as great a detail as possible so that Afrikans can act on a deeply informed Afrikan interpretation, and not a European fiction, of Afrikan traditions.

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.

Black Madonnas and Young Lions:
A Rites of Passages for U.S. African Adolescents

Bernida Thompson;
We need to take our youth through prepared teachings, exercises, and experiences that help lead them through a successful, safe, and happy passage into the threshold of adulthood. Black Madonnas & Young Lions is a training guide and workbook written to encourage and provide guidance to positive adult African-Americans and various African-American organizations who wish to establish affiliate Rites of Passage groups. This book is also meant to serve as a student manual for African-American adolescents going through this training. Objectives in this publication for the African-American Rites of Passage training of adolescents includes: enhancing the adolescent's knowledge about the Black family, physical and psychological endurance, health and proper nutrition, Black art, music, and dance, spirituality, cleanliness, time-management, Africentric values, sexuality, influence, respect and more.

Wholly Men Keys to Manhood
Kevin E. Clark
A powerfully informative book about the things that make men. In Wholly Men, Clark presents insights and truths about the high and noble concepts of honor, integrity, respect, reverence and spirituality. Kevin Clark gives solid advice and counsel to young and old alike. When you get through with this book you will want to pass it on. Wholly Men provides a platform for discussion of what it takes to change boys into real men. You will gain a deeper understanding of what God and society expects of men. You will also discover how to be a success at work and family life. Clark's concepts of leadership and Marriage is a must read. If you are trying to raise a boy child you will want to read this book.

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Rites of Passage: Psychology of Female Power :
A Manual for Young African-American Women, Medicine Women, Priestesses and More Mature Women of spirit

Ayobunmi Sosi Sangode;
examines and raises everyday female issues, while offering self-help techniques. Probably more important, Iya Sangode presents various potent "female psychologies" culled from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria and West Africa. Researching deeply the sacred odus (Yoruba religious scriptures), Sangode draws the readers to the esteemed role of women and their profound position in the community as well as in some of the most powerful and important Yoruba societies and cults.


Orita: Rites of passage for youth of African descent in AmericaOrita: Rites of passage for youth of African descent in America
Marilyn Maye:
This book is a guide for parents seeking to design a rites-of-passage program for their adolescent youth and for parents considering such a program. Orita (meaning crossroads) prepares participants for adulthood by teaching life management skills in the context of African heritage and biblical principles.



Coming of Age African American Male Rites of PassageComing of Age African American Male Rites of Passage
Paul Hill;
This book asks about the foundation of Rites of Passage and how can the Black community institutionalize rites of passage as part of the process of rearing male children?



Herstory: Black Female Rites of PassageHerstory: Black Female Rites of Passage
Mary C. Lewis;
When does a girl become a woman? This author provides a wealth of information about the physical, social, emotional, and cultural development of young Black females.



The Rites of PassageThe Rites of Passage
Arnold Van Gennep
Compares the rituals that attend the celebration of such occasions as birth, betrothal, marriage, and death in various cultures.  Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.


Rite of PassageRite of Passage
Richard Wright:
This posthumously published novella depicts the brutal conditions facing young African American men in 1940s Harlem. Though written more than 50 years ago, its portrayals of crime, alienation and adolescent disillusionment remain "highly relevant," said PW. Ages 12-up.


 Mentoring and the Rites Of Passage for YouthMentoring and the Rites Of Passage for Youth
Ralph Steele;
This book is a daily mentoring reference, a guide to mentors mentees and is a basic information guide for anyone who desires to become a mentor. It helps churches, communities and schools start a mentoring program with their organization and develop the minds, spirits and entrepreneurial talents of the youth in rural cities and suburban America. This book is also helpful to university professors who teach sociology and social work classes.


Book CoverAfrocentric Theory and Application:
Advances in the Adolescent Rite of Passage

Nsenga Warfield-Coppock:
initiation & rites of passage through the ages & world cultures; the African American sacred history & task; research on rites programs across the U.S.; elders' roles; development & use of rituals; retreats & assessments; mentors & sponsors; families & parents; spirituality & health; the four areas of preparedness for adults; the basics of program evaluation & application to rites of passages programs including sample instruments. This volume is considered 'a seminal document for those who are seriously interested in the positive socialization of African American youth' - Useni Eugene Perkins.

 Crossing the Soul's River: A Rite of Passage for MenCrossing the Soul's River: A Rite of Passage for Men
William O. Roberts:
A recent study at Harvard University concluded that the proverbial "midlife crisis" is largely a myth. The proponents of the study acknowledged, however, that the time of midlife is a period rich with possibility for growth. In "Crossing The Soul's River," William Roberts not only suggests but outlines a rite of passage for men who find themselves at this threshold of both danger and opportunity.


Crossroads: The Quest for Contemporary Rites of PassageCrossroads: The Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage
Louise Carus Mahdi;
Modern society differs from all other cultures in its lack of rites at life's transitions: this new collection of fifty writings on aspects of these transitions document rites of passage in different cultures around the world, examining both myth, history, and contemporary rites of passage.


Sisters Helping Sisters
The Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Girls' Rites of Passage Program
by Madeleine Wright
The book, "Sisters Helping Sisters", is superb reading! It focuses on understanding ones' ancestrial heritage in an effort to direct the future. The book stresses the importance of capturing and maintaining traditions, languages, names and customs. It is necessary reading for all.

Bringing Up Boys
by James C. Dobson
A notable Christian activist, powerfully connected right-winger, and founder and president of Focus on the Family, he has written a work with seemingly good intentions: "If you are honest, trustworthy, caring, loving, self-disciplined, and God-fearing, your boys will be influenced by those traits as they age.... So much depends on what they observe in you." True enough. His underlying arguments, however, are peculiarly mean-spirited. Any outsider who threatens traditional family values comes under fierce attack. Most early feminists, for example, "were never married, didn't like children, and deeply resented men, yet they advised millions of women about how to raise their children and, especially, how to produce healthy boys." Dobson also avows that gays suffer from a "disorder."

Product photoBringing Up Boys: Video Seminar Workbook (Leader's Guide)
James C. Dobson;
Product photoBringing Up Boys: A Parents' Guide (How to Help Your Child)
Tim Kahn;

Bringing Up Boys: A Parenting Manual for Sole Mothers Raising SonsBringing Up Boys:
A Parenting Manual for Sole Mothers Raising Sons

Jo Howard;

The author (who is a psychologist, family counselor, and Christian advocate) advises parents on handling the special challenges of raising boys.

State of Emergency
by Jawanza Kunjufu
This critical analysis looks at the dire state of African American males and the tough challenges they face daily. Providing a holistic look at the educational, penal, and drug industries, this book condemns the institutions and standards that have declared war on black men. Why is there such a disparity between punishments for crack and cocaine? Why is 91 percent of the African American prison population illiterate? What are the effects of rampant racial profiling?


[Image: Xodus: by Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher]

Xodus: An African American Male Journey
Garth Baker-Fletcher;

In a bold, inventive style, Xodus addresses the increasingly perilous situation of black males by sifting critically through the mythic, cultural, and political realities that impinge on African American men, and discerning in them ultimate religious and ethical values that can affirm and inform new black male lifestyles.
Written in a bold, inventive style, Xodus aims at a new, positive "reconstruction" of African American maleness in light of the black womanist movement, the men's movement, the recent vision of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the theological sensibilities of Howard Thurman.

Style over Substance

An insightful and in-depth look at the African American teenage "subculture". Like it or not, these future leaders of our community have developed what has been referred to as their own infrastructure, complete with their own set of rules and codes of survival and economics. What the authors have done is to break down the issues that have many of us confused about "where our youth are headed", analyzed the "problem" (or if one exists), and finally offered solutions of substance.  Should be a part of the library in any home with African American teenagers.

These authors have provided a rare and fresh look at the way we view African American teenagers. The assumptions many of us make about they way in which these teenagers view their purpose are completly unjustified, The book outlines how the teenagers form their thoughts and provides constructive methods of response in order to get the results we want from this group, we are beginning to fear. The theory oultined in the book has allowed me to work with families and help them to understand their children. We need to offer these authors a thanks from the entire profession of social work


Kwabena Faheem Ashanti, a prolific writer and scholar of Afrocentric psychology, African studies and the traditional African religion PtahRa.  Ashanti, an NCCU graduate who holds a Ph.D. from N.C. State University, is the founder and international president of the International Board of African Historical Priests, Thinkers, Healers, and Religions; he is also a member of the Association of Black Psychologists and the National Association of Black Studies.

Africentric funerals and burials
Author: Kwabena Faheem Ashanti;


Psychotechnoloy of Brainwashing :
Africentric Passage

by Kwabena Faheem Ashanti
African royal wedding and marriage ceremony
Author: Kwabena Faheem Ashanti;
Rites of African American People : A Glimpse into Rites
Author: Skobi Matunde
Rites of African American People
Author: Skobi Matunde;
Makini's coming of age
Author: Nwandu Skobi Matunde;

Going into Darkness:
Fantastic Coffins from Africa

Author: Thierry Secretan;


The Black Student's Guide to Positive Education
Author: Baba Zak A. Kondo;




Raising Black Children: Two Leading Psychiatrists Cobe noted that this is not a "how to" book, but a book meant to help the reader to know "how to - how to." It is a guide to understanding "family-based community


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684843382/onepeoples-20?dev-t=mason-wrapper%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2 IN THE BLACK : THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN PARENT'S GUIDE TO RAISING FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE CHILDREN
Fran Harris:
In the Black is a road map full of ideas and tools that enable you to learn with your children. Harris's tips, anecdotes, and time-honed financial know-how guarantee a learning process filled with hours well spent and money well saved!
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089789555X/onepeoples-20?dev-t=mason-wrapper%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2 Raising Black Children Who Love Reading and Writing: : A Guide from Birth Through Grade Six
Dierdre Glenn Paul;
Paul provides specific tools that parents can work with to make their children lifelong lovers of reading and writing. As a former teacher in the public school system, Paul is intimately familiar with it, and provides parents with insights that will assist them in establishing an educational partnership with their children's teachers.


Book CoverRecollection: From the Eyes of an Inner Child Rites and Passages of an Afro-American Woman
Regina C. Hutchings;

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Mafori Et Al Moore
Book CoverAfrocentric Theory and Applications: Adolescent Rites of Passage
Nsenga Warfield-Coppock
Passing on the Rites of Passage: Girls' Initiation Rites in the Context of an Urban Roman Catholic Community on the Zambian Copperbelt (African Studies Center Research Series, 6/1995)
Thera Rasing

Book CoverBreaking the Spirit of the American Black Male
Scott A. Bradley;



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Xodus: An African American Male Journey
Garth Baker-Fletcher;

Product photoYoung, Black, and Male in America : An Endangered Species
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs;


Raising Black Children: Two Leading Psychiatrists Confront the Educational, Social, and Emotional Problems Facing Black Children
James P. Comer; Paperback; Buy New: $10.47

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0767907310/onepeoples-20?dev-t=mason-wrapper%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2Basic Black : Home Training for Modern Times
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.
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Robert Charles Snyper;
This academic research grapples with the question of the reception of Christianity into a culture and vice versa. It undertakes a systematic theological and anthropological survey of the indigenous rites of transition of the Akans of the Subsaharan Africa in relation to the Christian rites of transition or the Christian sacraments. It takes into account the importance of the various cultures from which the Christian sacraments developed and compares these cultures to the Akan culture.


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The Assassination of the Black Male Image
Earl Ofari Hutchinson;


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Black Masculinities and Schooling: How Black Boys Survive Modern Schooling
Tony Sewell;



The Real Deal: A Spiritual Guide for Black Teen Girls
Billie Montgomery Cook;



African American Awareness for Young Children: A Curriculum
Evia L. Davis;



The Afrocentric Self Inventory and Discovery Workbook
Useni Eugene Perkins; This book is an essential tool for anyone working with African American children & Youth. It clearly defines self-esteem and the importance of it as we move to educate, enrich & empower our children. History and culture are shown as an intricate component in creating a foundation of self-love and high self-esteem.



Magical Child
Joseph Chilton Pearce; Right from the instant of birth, says Joseph Pearce, the human child has only one concern-to learn all that there is to learn about the world. But in the West we tend to thwart this concern from the very start. Available once again, Magical Child shows how to restore this amazing capacity for creative intelligence that is innate in every human. Pearce speaks to the concerns of parents eager to give their offspring a good start in the world, explaining that the key to tapping virtually unlimited potential within the child is to develop the heart-brain connection.

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 Janic 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.

Kawaida Theory:
An African Communitarian Philosophy

Maulana Karenga;
Dr. Maulana Karenga, activist-scholar, university professor, creator of Kwanzaa, author, Seba (moral teacher) in the ancient Egyptian Maatian (Kawaida) tradition, stands as a major figure in the African American liberation movement & in African American social-ethical & cultural philosophy. This long-awaited book sets out in a critical but accessible way the main lines of thought, the fundamental contentions & central concepts of his philosophy, Kawaida. KAWAIDA THEORY contains the author's most recent contributions to critical debates in African American social discourse. In its 30-year history of development, KAWAIDA has been embraced & put to use in various intellectual & programmatic movements & discourses such as : Black liberation, Black Studies, Black student & youth movements, Black Arts, Afrocentricity, rites of passage programs, ancient Egyptian & other classical studies, independent schools & of course, Kwanzaa which has spread some of the central values & concepts of KAWAIDA among millions of practitioners throughout the world African community. KAWAIDA, as critical social & cultural theory, understands itself as an ongoing dialogue with African culture in the continuous quest to discover & bring forth the bet of what it means to be both African & human. Maulana Karenga's carefully reasoned presentation of KAWAIDA THEORY demonstrates his groundedness & insightfulness in African culture & the continued vitality of the KAWAIDA tradition in addressing critical contemporary issues.

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Reginald L. Jones;
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Jawanza Kunjufu;


Help I'm Raising My Children Alone
T. D. Jakes; A wise guide for single parents-- and those who sometimes feel they are.

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Empowering African American Males to Succeed: A Ten Step Approach for Parents and Teachers
Mychal Wynn;

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Nsenga Warfield-Coppock


The Ongoing Journey
by Robert Coles,

Within these covers, some of America's best-known educators, psychologists, and clergy members examine spiritual life among youth from many different cultural backgrounds. They share inspiring stories of young people rescued from lives of violence, neglect, and despair. Their essays offer insights gleaned from years of research and real-life experience in the trenches of street ministry.

Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life
Mukhtar Muhammad; Genesis lays emphasis on the timeless laws for success; it takes the reader inside Islamic government--inside the mosque (specific) to frankly discuss cultural and operational barriers to progress that can exist independently of philosophy or institution and it arrives at the precipice separating wishful thinking from goal achievement. Muhammad offers powerful solutions for "crossing the threshold of progress," based on the Qur'an, the commentary of contemporary religious scholars and American management philosophy. ... an enlightening journey that brings its reader face-to-face with a clear model of leadership and blueprint for organizational excellence.

African Cultural Values: An Introduction
Kwame Gyekye;


Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students: Promising Practices and Programs (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series (Paper)) Donna Y. Ford


An Essay on African Philosophical Thought: The Akan Conceptual Scheme
Kwame Gyekye



What They Don't Learn in School

What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies, V. 2)
Jabari Mahiri

Shooting for Excellence: African American and Youth Culture in New Century Schools
Jabari Mahiri; "Mahiri makes clear the need for new visions for educational uses of technology, intermodal displays of learning, and severe reconsiderations of teaching-as-coaching. . . . These changes in school hold promise for linking all students to future work situations in realistic ways."
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Peter Sarpong




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Kwame Gyekye

Black Pearls for Parents: Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations for African-American Parents
Eric V. Copage; Offers inspirational words and thoughts for African-American parents to help them deal with the pressures of raising children in today's world.

The Black Parenting Book
Allison Abner; Practical information, advice, and sensible answers to sensitive issues characterize The Black Parenting Book, a comprehensive guide to baby and child care for black children during their first five years.

Building Lives: Constructing Rites and Passages
Neil Harris; Drawing on sources including Masonic manuals, tourist guidebooks and religious texts, this illustrated study explores the rites of building passage over the past 150 years. The author suggests that architecture is a performing art as well as a fine art.

Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage
Ronald L. Grimes; With examples drawn from a wide variety of world cultures, Grimes (religion and culture, Wilfrid Laurier Univ., Ontario) provides a thoughtful, insightful examination of the significance of rites of passage. Specific rituals can make such life transitions as birth, coming of age, marriage, and death.

Book CoverMarrying & Burying: Rites of Passage in a Man's Life
Ronald L. Grimes; Critique of ritual impoverishment in North America reveals the extraordinary potential that ritualizing holds for negotiating and enriching transitions, both exalted and mundane. Unflinchingly honest, generous, and wise, this book is for anyone committed to untangling the meaning of life as actually lived.
The Ongoing Journey: Awakening Spiritual Life in At-Risk Youth
Robert Coles;
Within these covers, some of America's best-known educators, psychologists, and clergy members examine spiritual life among youth from many different cultural backgrounds. They share inspiring stories of young people rescued from lives of violence, neglect, and despair. Their essays offer insights gleaned from years of research and real-life experience in the trenches of street ministry.

Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth
Mircea Eliade; Organizing data from cultures the world over, Eliade lays out the basic patterns of initiation: group puberty rites, entrance into secret cults, shamanic instruction, individual visions, and heroic rites of passage. The vast information, assembled so beautifully, transcends usual scholarship. The absence of initiation in our culture has left modern men and women often isolated from each other, from the invisible powers beyond, and from the myths that sustain daily life. These "symptoms" show the unquenchable urge for existential transformation and the need for elders, mentors, and rituals. This book is about crossing - from confusion to knowledge, from innocence to experienced elder.

Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles
Janice E. Hale-Benson; 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.

Race Matters
Cornel West; Race Matters contains West's most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.


Where We Stand: Class Matters
Bell Hooks; Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan Coop boards, Where We Stand is a successful black woman's reflection - personal, straight forward, and rigorously honest - on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined, and how we can find ways to think beyond them.


Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women's Consciousness
Ingrid Banks; Drawing on interviews with over 50 women, from teens to seniors, Hair Matters is the first book on the politics of Black hair to be based on substantive, ethnographically informed research. Focusing on the everyday discussions that Black women have among themselves and about themselves, Ingrid Banks analyzes how talking about hair reveals Black women's ideas about race, gender, sexuality, beauty, and power. Ultimately, what emerges is a survey of Black women's consciousness within both their own communities and mainstream culture at large.

The Strengths of African American Families
Robert Bernard Strengths of Black Families Hill; offers an incisive analysis of five key cultural strengths of African-American families. With compassion and eloquence, he argues that these existing strengths provide a solid foundation upon which to develop the kind of public policies and self-help initiatives that will truly promote the interests, not only of the African American community, but of our diverse nation as a whole.


Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Strategies for Change Obie Clayton; professor and chair of the Sociology Department at Morehouse College and executive director of the Morehouse Research Institute. Ronald B. Mincy is the Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at the School of Social Work, Columbia University.

Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner-City Black Girls
Joyce West Stevens; Empirically based, the daily experiences of adolescent black females is explicated in this work within an explanatory model of social context and developmental theory. The author argues that adolescence must be seen from strengths and health perspectives. Self-relatedness or intersubjectivity.

Book CoverFoundations of African Thought: A Worldview Grounded in the African Heritage of Religion, Philosophy, Science, and Art
Chukwunyere Kamalu;

The Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration: Essays in Honor of Dr. Charles B. Copher
Charles B. Copher;

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Emily Diane Gunter; The most comprehensive easy to read book that combines the power of your mind into practical means for the average person to enhance their life. I strongly recommend this book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of self empowerment of how we can all teach one to succeed in any aspect of your life. A must read.


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Emily Diane Gunter;



Empowering Young Black Males-III: A Systematic Modular Training Program for Black Male Children & Adolescents
Courtland C., Ph.D.

Afterwhile: The Secrets of a Woman's Heart Menkh-t Ur Ta Hatshepsu-t;

If Mary J. had been born in traditional Africa, she would have undergone Rites of Passage designed to prepare a young person for adult life.  But Mary J. was born in America, where she is plummeted into choices and decisions she can only learn to make through trial and error.  In her search for God and truth, she stumbles through life's ever-evolving doors guided by the voice of her deceased Grandmama.  This narrative by a Queen Mother and priestess of the Ausar Auset Society, partly based on her own life, is a common story that all women share.
Cuisine on the Nile Cookbook, Vol. 1
Menkh-t Ur Ta Hatshepsu-t; This a vegetarian alternative cookbook for people who enjoy soul food. The ultimate in low fat, meat-free, egg-free and dairy-free eating.

Author Menkh-t Ur Ta Hatshepsu-t has revised many beloved recipes into food that can continue to be loved without harmful effects. She's created recipes for Macaroni and Cheese, Collard Greens, Yams, Lemon Pound Cake, and Corn Bread without ham hocks, pork fat, dairy or white sugar that taste just as good if not better than the old recipes.


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Erriel D. Roberson; Remembrance, Connections and Nation Building For the African Global Community

To Save the Blood of Black Babies: The D.C. and New York Dialogues
Kiarri T-H Cheatwood;


The Wisdom of the Ages: Themes & Essences of Truth, Love, Struggle, and High-Culture in the Works of Ayi Kwei Armah and Kiarri T-H. Cheatwood
Yaa Oforiwaa;


From Afrikan Captives to Insane Slaves: The Need for Afrikan History in Solving the "Black" Mental Health Crisis in "America" and the World
Yosef Ben-Jochannan;


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Kiarri T. H. Cheatwood;




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Kiarri T-H. Cheatwood;



Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice
Catherine Bell; Arguing that the concept of ritual is overdue for critical rethinking, Catherine Bell here offers a close theoretical analysis of the recent explosion of ritual studies, concentrating on anthropology, sociology, and history of religions.
Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions
Catherine M. Bell; This work offers a practical introduction to ritual and its study. It presents comprehensive overviews of the most influential theories of religion and ritual, the major categories of ritual activity, and develops its own distinctive position regarding the nature of ritual.


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


Motivating and Preparing Black Youth for Success
Jawanza Kunjufu; How to reduce the dropout rate and motivate black children.
The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life
Denene Millner;A lively guide to the art of becoming a true Angry Black Woman utilizes historical references, career advice, quizzes, and hilarious Top 10 lists to explain how the Angry Black Woman deals with everything from relationships to family to career.
Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth
Mircea Eliade; Organizing data from cultures the world over, Eliade lays out the basic patterns of initiation: group puberty rites, entrance into secret cults, shamanic instruction, individual visions, and heroic rites of passage.
The Wisdom of the Ages: Themes & Essences of Truth, Love, Struggle, and High-Culture in the Works of Ayi Kwei Armah and Kiarri T-H. Cheatwood
Yaa Oforiwaa; Paperback;
The Life Cycle Completed
Erik Erikson; This book will last and last, because it contains the wisdom of two wonderfully knowing observers of our human destiny.
The Operational Philosophy of the AFENA Mentorship Society Rites of Passage Training by Mzee Hannibal Tirus Afrik speaks to the national movement to develop and expand Rites of Passage programs for youth as a positive declaration of cultural affirmation. When the issue of reparations is discussed, community residents are becoming more vocal and vigilant to demand some governmental response to the 400-year impact of our Afrikan Holocaust of enslavement. More Afrikan Americans are now seeking information to practice traditional methods of communal socialization as a means of reestablishing our cultural heritage. This is also an excellent opportunity for parents, teachers and community residents to learn more about the importance of Afrikan rituals and ceremonies as the basis of a positive and new social order.


For ordering and further information, contact Hannibal T. Afrik, CIBI Public Relations Officer, at 104 Shipp Street, Port Gibson, MS 39150.

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Tough Notes:
A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men

Haki R. Madhubuti;
This book, like most of his books, is a collection of self-empowerment essays. It is a wake-up call to men. The subtitles are Empowering the Self, Finding the Exceptional You, Women, Progressive Nurturing and Liberation. Tons of information is in this book

In addition to the essays, there's the bibliography that he gives as well as a list of newspapers, magazines and journals.

Why African American Youth Are Attracted to Non-Christian/Non-Traditional Religions and SectsWhy African American Youth Are Attracted to Non-Christian/Non-Traditional Religions and Sects
Joyce T. Henderson;
The religions discussed here are Buddhism, Baha'I faith, Islamic, Jehovah Witness and Cults. Each of the religion's characteristics and beliefs are discussed along with the attractions for African American Youth. Most of the chapters contain written personal interviews with people of that particular faith or cult. Henderson's factual information on the different religions and practice was taken from newspaper clippings and interviews with the officials. She is objective in her writing and used the Holy Bible as a reference. She does not blame any religion as the cause but simply states the conclusion of her study and offers some suggestions.

Bad Boys
by Ann Arnett Ferguson
How does it Feel to be Labeled "Unsalvageable" By Your Teacher? Black males are disproportionately "in trouble" and suspended from the nation's school systems. In Bad Boys. Ann Arnett Ferguson offers a richly textured account of daily interactions between teachers and students to illuminate this serious problem. She demonstrates how a group of eleven- and twelve-year-old males construct a sense of self under adverse circumstances.

Boys into Men
by Nancy Boyd-Franklin,
Today, African American parents struggle to raise teenage boys safely and successfully in an environment beset by racism, gangs, violence, and homicide--the largest cause of death among 13- to 25-year-old African American males. Boyd-Franklin (psychology, Rutgers Univ.; Black Families in Therapy)...

Educating African American Males : Voices From the Field
Olatokunbo S. Fashola;
Educating and motivating African-American males to succeed
Antoine M Garibaldi;


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Educating African American Males: Detroit's Malcolm X Academy Solution
Clifford Watson;
Educating African American males: Detroit's Malcolm X Academy solution



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Paula J Penn-Nabrit;

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Harvesting New Generations: The Positive Development of Black Youth
Useni Eugene Perkins;
Transformation: A Rites of Passage Manual for African American Girls
Mafori Et Al Moore;
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Ronnie Hopkins;
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Bakari Kitwana


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Useni Eugene Perkins;
Rites of Passage Pamphlet & Audio Tapes (2)
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Rites of Passage Pamphlet & Audio Tapes (2) by Kwaw David Whitaker

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Black Fatherhood II
Author: Earl Ofari Hutchinson;