Reborn Tampa, a community empowerment organization that rehabilitates urban communities, is currently teaching free Black World History classes every Saturday at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. from February 6th to February 27th. Their classes provide unedited and in-depth teachings into the pivotal role that blacks across the globe played in building the United States of America, beginning with the history of royal African nations.
Black History Month, the annual recognition of the role of African-Americans in U.S history, began in 1915, half a century after the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States. But the extent of black history goes far beyond what children are learning in schools.
“For our first class we began by asking the youth in class, how many of them were taught black history in school and what they knew? Out of a class of 11, only four of the youth had been taught some form of black history,” said Sky White “And when asked what they knew about Africa, all of the comments were negative. For instance one girl said, ‘Well I know they all have H.I.V.’”
Attendees of the program ranged from as young as 11 all the way up to 62 years old.
“It is imperative that our children know that when one says ‘Greatness is in our D.N.A.,’ it’s not just myth,” said McNair Charles “Our younger generation of children are lacking the true knowledge of their history as the curriculum taught in schools is being whitewashed or excludes blacks altogether.”
For more information on the program visit www.reborntampa.org