BASIC AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY USED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE 1990s – LANGSTON HUGHES AND DR ASA HILLIARD INVOLVED IN ITS PUBLICATION !

[THIS WAS THE TEXTBOOK:

African American History by Langston Hughes and Milton Meltzer, Consultants:  Pat Browne, Director, Black History/Multicultural Education, Indianapolis Public Schools and Asa G. Hilliard III, Ed. D,.Professor of Urban Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, and Mary McFarland, Ph.D., Instructional Coordinator of Social Studies, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, Missouri (Scholastic Inc:  New York), 1990

THAT WAS PUBLISHED WHILE I, HAROLD L CARTER WAS STILL TEACHING AND WHICH I USEDIN MY CLASSROOM ALONG WITH WITH OTHER MORE RECENT BOOKS AND THE PBS VIDEOTAPE SERIES:  “EYES ON THE PRIZE:  THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – 1950s AND 1960s” – DOCUMENTARY FILM COVERAGE OF WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE 1950s AND 1960s SUCH AS THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT, THE BIRMINGHAM JAILINGS AND DEMONSTRATIONS INCLUDING THEN CURRENT TV COVERAGE OF THE FIRE HOSING BY POLICE,  THE GREYHOUND BUS BEATINGS, THE SELMA MARCH, SIT-INS, AND OTHER COLLEGE PROTESTS – FILMED AS IT WAS HAPPENING.  … UNFORUNATELY SIMILAR TO TODAY’S KING FAMILY’S LEGAL EFFORTS TO RESTRICT USE OF REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING’S SPEECHES, ETC. – LEGAL DISPUTES AND RACISTS’ INTERVENTIONS CAUSED “EYES ON THE PRIZE” TO NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.  — :”AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY” BY LANGSTON HUGHES AND MILTON MELTZER AND DR ASA G HILLIARD ET  AL –WITH ITS EASY READING LEVEL DESIGNED FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS AND BELOW – WITH ITS “BASIC” AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY – SHOULD BE IN EVERYT PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM – AND PARTICULARLY IN EVERY MAJOR CITY’S URBAN, PREDOMINANTLY BLACK INNERCITY NEIGHBORHOOD CLASSROOM !

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African American History by Langston Hughes and Milton Meltzer, Consultants:  Pat Browne, Director, Black History/Multicultural Education, Indianapolis Public Schools and Asa G. Hilliard III, Ed. D,.Professor of Urban Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, and Mary McFarland, Ph.D., Instructional Coordinator of Social Studies, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, Missouri (Scholastic Inc:  New York), 1990, indicated:

“What is Africa to me;;;  Copper sun or scarlet sea,

Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regl black  Women from whose loins I sprang

When the birds of Eden sang?

One three centuries removed from the scenes his fathers faced,

Spicy grove, cinnamon tree, What is Africa to me?

n  Countee Cullen, “Heritage” (1925)

“Countee Cullen was imagining that vast continent from which his ancestors had come when he wrote this poem.  Though many of us know of ancestors and fellow Americans who also came from Africa, we may not be certain where it is, what it actually looks like, or who lives there now.  If you were to travel east across the Atlantic Ocean from Charleston, South Carolina, you would reach northern Africa.  Travel east from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and eventually you would sight the shores of southern Africa.  Africa covers 11,700,000 square miles or one-fifth of the entire land area of the world.  Only Asia is larger.  The United States would fit into Africa more than three times.  Most of Africa is surrounded by water – the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.  The Equator cuts Africa in half.  This places four-fifths o the continent between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and gives that area a tropical climate.  Only about eight percent of Africa – all near the Equator – is covered by tropical rain forests.  There the temperature averages 80 degree.  … Grasslands called savanna cover half of Africa.  … Desert covers another 40 percent of Africa.  Some of it is barren with no vegetation.  But mostof Africa’s desert has dry scrub and grass where livestock sometimes graze. 

“Once Africa’s most forbidding desert, the Sahara, was a green and fertile home to ancient Africans.  But about 18,000 years ago it began to dry up.  By about 5,000 years ago it looked much the way it does today. 

Africans:  Ancient and Modern:

“Archaeologists have found evidence of human-like beings living in Africa about 4.5 million years ago.  They believe Africa is the original home of humanity.  Other scientists claimed to have traced the actual person who was the mother of all modern races to Africa.  The oldest remains of modern humans are thought to be of Africans who lived 110,000 to 250,000 years ago.  Early Africans spread over the globe by walking across the Sinai Peninsula into the Middle East, and from there into Europe and Asia.  Today Africa has about 600 million people.  Some areas, however, may have no people at all.  Others – like the Nile River Valley and parts of Nigeria – are densely populated.  Although more and more Africans are moving into cities to find work and food, about 70 percent remain in villages.  Most of these vilages have 40 or 50 people, although some number into the thousands.  People who live in traditional villages spend most of their time working, telling stories and teaching their children various tasks essential for survival.  Births, marriages and healing ceremonies are usually attended by all the people of a village, and these provide occasion for recreation. 

“Much of the culture, the folklore and the music of Africa has been passed along orally.  Africans also have written poetry, novels and studies about their people and land and have the oldest literary tradition in the world.  … Africans also have the world’s oldest form of monotheism – belief in one god.  …There have been Arabs in Africa since about 700 B.C. and Arabic is widely spoken.  Many Africans also speak European languages – English, French, Portuguese, Italian – because much of Africa was controlled by those coutries earlier in this century.  … “

 

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About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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