Freedom and Justice.
That is the motto for the country in Africa called Ghana.
We are bringing you two books recently published to share more about the significance of this country.
The first book is called ‘Kwame Nkrumah’s Midnight Speech for Independence’ by Useni Eugene Perkins and Illustrated by Laura Freeman. This is an insightful biography detailing the life of the 1st Prime Minister and the 1st elected President of the Republic of Ghana. Here are a few facts from this book that can be ties to additional instructional concepts:
Colonialism, Independence, Self-Rule, & Liberation
Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanian nationalist leader who led the Gold Coast's drive for independence from Britain and presided over its emergence as the new nation
Dr. Nkrumah went to Lincoln University, before earning his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania
Nkrumah engaged with Civil Rights activists, like the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell and W.E.B. Dubois, Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, A. Phillip Randolph, Ralph Bunche among others
Kwame was instrumental in progressing the movement for the liberation of the Gold Coast from the British. Although not in this book, he met with leaders, like Che Guevara, who was also working to liberate African and South America from the term they coined ‘neocolonialism”
Kwame Nrumah galvanized momentum for freedom through groups in the Gold Coast like the United Gold Coast Convention and the Convention People’s Party. Internationally he helped organize the 5th Pan African Congress with African and International leaders who were fighting for independence in Africa.
This book also includes a timeline, Adinkra Symbols with explained meanings, and a timeline.
Also included to provide historical knowledge about Ghana’s past is a historical fiction novel called ‘We Are Akan’ by Dorothy Brown Soper and illustrated by James Cloutier. This story about the 3 boys living in the Asante Kingdom, the most powerful nation in West Africa. As they learn adult skills they are invited to Kumasi for an important festival. They become intertangled in a rebellion that changes their trajectory.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu
The Nelson Mandela Foundation describes Tutu as “ an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd."
A fighter who was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement, which fought against a White minority who ruled the Black majority through the brutal, heinous system of legislation and segregation policies, has passed away.
He was a peacemaker of worldly justice FOR ALL. The South African, Archbishop of Cape Town, campaigned for democracy, human rights, and tolerance to be achieved by dialogue and accommodation between enemies.
In 1984, Tutu was awarded the nobel Peace Prize for his role as a unifying leaders figure in the campaign to resolve apartheid in South Africa. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented Tutu with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Reverend Tutu also wrote several children’s books, three represented in this post.
Let There Be Light, a story of Creation, centers around culturally African images and themes.
Desmond and the Very Mean Word, A story in learning the power for forgiveness and letting go of anger.
And finally, God’s Dream focuses on humanity and love for all.
Use his books to introduce the youth to this iconic international peacemaker.
The People's Champ
He was one of the best-known men of the 20th century—Muhammad Ali is the quintessential definition of a transformative leader. So many themes from his life can be transferred to curriculum, social justice, ethics, philosophy, civil rights, masculine identity, and humanitarianism.
The iconic Muhammad Ali will be featured in a new Kens Burn documentary.
What an incredible life to incorporate and engage students with literacy.
This site has curricular information about Ali to use in the classroom.
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