Greetings to the esteemed Cultural Curators, Teaching Artists, Connectors, Activists, Advocates and African-Centered Resource Developers of the “Culture & Education for Black Survival and Development” Plenary Session – Resource Focus; held during the State of the Black World Conference November 19th 2016 in Newark, Jersey.
As you know, we are currently in the process of summarizing what was discussed during our session and combing through our list serve to ensure that everyone that would like to build with us is aware of the steps we have taken toward developing the CEBDS Work Group.
Below please find a list of attendees and those who responded to our request for introduction of their work in order to be acknowledged as members.
Please note that this “Get to know you” process is very important as we only spent a very short time being acquainted during the initial plenary session.
Though we are most appreciative of the space provided by IBW to convene with like-minds, the real work begins now! No longer is the “meeting-about-the-meeting” fueled by emotion alone enough to nurture sustainable institutions in our communities.
As we decide what regions to focus our efforts and narrow the broad agenda into tangible action steps, understanding who we are and what we want is essential to our effectiveness.
A future article will discuss the summary of our brief time together and notice that these two questions set the tone for our discussions.
Attendees and confirmed members CEBSD Plenary Session Stakeholders:
Sis. Nabeelah – Yoga Instructor, Creator, Grant Writer – Based in Newark, NJ
Bill Jones- PTA member, Community advocate, vested in Elementary schools, Planner of the International African American Festival in N.Y. – Based in Brooklyn, NY
Marion Pitts (Newark) – South Africa study abroad program participant, Scholar of Rutgers University, member of Peoples Organization for Progress (POP) affiliated with Larry Ham; Promoter, Based in Newark, NJ
Nadif Bracey – Junior Electrical Engineering major at Morgan State University, V.P. Student Government association, in search of 5,000 Baltimore based Black Owned businesses to hold accountable, willing to develop templates on behalf of the work group “Students Teachers, Freedom Schools…” – Based in Baltimore, MD
Bro. Louis (Pittsburgh) – Member of Colors Against Violent Police, focused on Accountability Law Corporate Equity – Based in Pittsburg, PA
Bro. Victor Gibson – Retired K-8 African Centered Teacher (23 years) Malcolm X Academy, BA…Sociology/Masters Education, Community Engager, Member of “Keep The Vote No TAKEOVER” resistance against State Control of DPS. (99′) Alliance with “Journey for Justice”, Former Social Worker, Former Mental Health Worker, interested in business reciprocity (Cash Mom Model) Connected to NBEA (National Black Educators Association– Based in Detroit, MI
Viva Now – Concerned Mother, Community Activist, Supporter of the Amistad Act – Based in Newark, NJ
Bro. William Payne – Philanthropist, Politician promoting the Amistad Act – Based in Newark, NJ
Bro. Kevin Baker – Appointed IBW Facilitator, Educator- Based in Virginia
Dr. Patricia Newton – CEO & Medical Director of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Creator of the 7D’s of Development Model – Based in Baltimore, MD
Emann Odufu – Arts Activist, Film Maker, Based in Newark NJ
Nana Farika Berhane – Poet, Community activist, Nanny Town Jamaica Maroon, Teaching Artist, Vice President of the World Afrikan Diaspora Union (WADU) – Based in Washington D.C.
Sis. Kim Poole – Soul Fusion – Teaching Artist, Founding Fellow of Teaching Artist Institute Based in Washington D.C.
Plenary Discussion Points
Here are a few of the Plenary Discussion Points during the work group session. More details will be shared in a future article.
Holding Public Institutions accountable while “Flying our plane and building it too”
In order to begin addressing the need to both hold accountable parties that administer resources on behalf of our community as well as continually identify and address the needs of the Black Community, Family and Child from within (as a collective) we must answer to the following questions…
- Who Are We?
The Ethos of Black Community-
Universal standard for healthy family unit development
- What do we want and what do we need to define and protect the ethos of the Black Community?
Jobs, Business Loans, Grants, Safety, Identity, Food Security, Holistic Education, Communication outlets Etc (If I missed an important bullet point on this list please feel free to edit in your version of our notes)
- What are the first steps to regain control of our Power and Resources: Where do we begin?
Look for more updates from the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) on this site.