this book investigates the Afrikan Way of learning by looking to our untainted tradition to ascertain the reason, method and vision of Afrikan education
Warriors need to know how to think about building and maintaining homeschooling programs and other educational institutions. For it is only within such settings that we can draw out the kind and level of consciousness, intelligence and worthiness of character that will be required of our children in order for them to fulfill their mission of continuing the process of building a sovereign future for us. The Warriors among us know that this education must be fully defined from a visionary Afrikan center. To Educate A People offers a functional foundation for this endeavor. It provides a thinking platform upon which we can positively, productively engage this ReAfrikanization process. Essentially, it looks at how Warriors must think about creating spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically sacred spaces in which our children can naturally learn about their power and its responsible use in service to our people.
Though the primary focus here is on the children, it is about the education of adults also. We, as a people, require a comprehensive education, an education that incorporates everyone. More specifically, this book investigates the Afrikan Way of learning by looking to our untainted tradition to ascertain the reason, method and vision of Afrikan education. We look to our source, our center, our ancient self to determine just what we should mean when speaking of education. It also examines the fundamental causes of why we are having this discussion now. We must delve into the problems facing us in this insanity as we work to ensure the proper, empowered education of ourselves, our children, our community and our nation. And, finally, it brings up solutions to these problems.
These solutions involve the creation of solvent Afrikan spaces as well as knowingly acquiring and employing the materials and methods required to teach our Warriors-in-Training to become independent, empowered and sovereign. As responsible educators, we must create the conditions which allow Afrikan intelligence and power can thrive without compromise. We must become better thinkers and doers so that our children’s minds can more naturally move closer to those of our Ancestors.
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti is the co-founder and co-director of Akoben Institute, an independent Afrikan centered full-time and after-school home schooling and tutorial program for middle and high schoolers. Bro. Baruti (fka Larry D. Crawford) served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College from 1991 to 2001. Committed to the students, he has served as the faculty advisor to numerous student organizations at Morehouse College, as well as other institutions in the Atlanta University Center. He received his graduate training at the University of Chicago and taught at Chicago State University as well. Recognized for his dedication to the community, he has been keynote speaker, guest lecturer and moderator for numerous forums, programs and activities in a number places around the country and world. His lecture topics have ranged from Afrikan manhood, male/female relationships, european sexual insanity, interracial coupling to the Middle Passage. Bro. Baruti lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife of 28 years, Yaa Mawusi Baruti, also co-founder and co-director of their homeschooling program.