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ONLINE – Realizing Wakanda: Educating and Nurturing the Brilliance of our Black Scholars (Students)

Tuesday, February 2Wednesday, February 3

$10 each day, $20 for both days | 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Join this interactive Forum which responds to Minnesota’s education disparities that are becoming greater among Black scholars (students). Black history and culturally relevant curriculum are severely lacking in Minnesotan classrooms. Mainstream education is centered in whiteness and is taught by predominantly white educators. In an effort to resolve this, AALF and MHC will host this virtual Forum to increase scholar (student), caregiver, and educator engagement in Black/Afro centric education.

Participants will receive thought-provoking content, engaging networking opportunities, and unique educational resources.

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) are partnering to host a Cultural Education Forum conceived, designed, and developed by AALF’s 2020 Collective Impact Workstream. This group is comprised of African American thought leaders and changemakers who work to envision how the Black community can influence the education ecosystem.

To get the most out of this two-day forum, we encourage you to attend both February 2 and 3. If you are unable to attend both sessions, feel free to register for either day independently.

CEUs will be available.

February 2: Black Brilliance | The Origins

Participants will be guided in conversations exploring the Black Diaspora, African American History and a Pan-African experience to deepen and enhance these learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of the Black Diaspora and its contributions to the world
  • Understand the diversity of various histories, cultures and experiences of those that identify as Black in America
  • Explore the worldwide movement that aims to “unify and uplift” all people of African descent

Overview and Speakers/Presenters
Session opening: Gary Hines and the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness
Moderated conversation: Lauretta Dawolo-Towns (with high school scholars)
Participating in a Pan-African Education Space: Dr. Brian Lozenski and Shakita Thomas Kpetay
Guided mindfulness break: Kenna-Camara Cottman
Live resource connector: Dr. Christopher Lehman
Participant network sessions: Scholars, Educators, Parents/Caregivers

February 3: Fostering and Promoting the Cultural & Racial Identities of Black Scholars (Students)

Participants will be guided in conversations to deepen and enhance these learning outcomes:

  • Define culture & understand the role it plays in identity development
  • How to create a space to cultivate positive identity development
  • Develop a Call-to-Action for all attendees to further the learning outside of the session

Overview and Speakers/Presenters
Session opening: Spoken word artist and poet Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan
Moderated conversation: Lauretta Dawalo-Towns (with parents)
Affirming & Understanding African American English: Njia Lawrence-Porter
Guided mindfulness break: Kenna-Camara Cottman
Live resource connectors: Ayolanda and Adrian Mack
Participant networking sessions: Scholars, Educators, Parents/Caregivers

This event will have ASL interpretation.

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