Please Do Two Things If You Haven't Become a Black Business Builder Do So Immediately and pass this message on.
An Update from: Fayemi Shakur
I forwarded your press release to contacts at the Star Ledger and other local and national media. Then I forwarded it to the organizations referenced in the press release and their overseers - the New Jersey Community College Academic Officers Association (NJCCAOA) and The NJ Council of Community Colleges. The Council seemed surprised that this information was public knowledge and was genuinely shook. ;) The Director of Communications, Jacob Farbman, contacted me as requested in an email I sent to him.
He said "these courses have not and will not be removed". He learned there was a "preliminary discussion" during a New Jersey Community College Academic Officers Association subcommittee meeting about removing these courses from the general curriculum. I told him I was shocked to hear that this would even be up for discussion at all. He quickly agreed and asked what his organization should do to address the concerns being raised. I suggested issuing a press statement from his office about the matter to get it cleared up. He wanted to know if the press had been contacted. I said they most likely had.
Who knows how far this foolishness could have really gone. It isn't going anywhere now thanks to the development and curriculation of this press release. (although I did have to edit it a little. can't send langugae like the murder of our history out if we want it be received by folks outside our community).
If we don't respect our history, well, no one else will and too often we let things go.
I definitely agree we have to teach our own, open our own schools and we shouldn't expect that traditional schools will teach RIGHT history. BUT, for some, these institutions are the only place where some in our community will ever study Black history at length. It was both my college professors AND community professors who provided knowledge about my history. Once I got a taste, I sought out the rest on my own. Access to African-American history is important.
THANKS Y'ALL for keeping us informed. What happens next is always up to us.
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Subject: Re: FW: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY NO LONGER RECOGNIZED AS "LEGITIMATE"by NEW JERSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 02:59:39 -0800 (PST)
they did it because we let them. just like we have been trained to do. they will continue until we
break the chains of psychological enslavement
"Principal" Baruti Kafele
"I'm on FIRE!!!"
Subject: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY NO LONGER RECOGNIZED AS "LEGITIMATE"by NEW JERSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGES
For Immediate Release February 26, 2008
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY NO LONGER RECOGNIZED AS "LEGITIMATE" by the STATE of NEW JERSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGES
In a startling move, the Community College Academic Officer's Association (CCAOA) of New Jersey excluded African American History from the New Jersey Community College General Education curriculum. The murder of African American History within the academic curriculum directly contradicts the State's recent apology for slavery. The Association's reasoning that African American history is about a "subset" of people creates even more dissonance with the supposed apology.
African American history was the only history excluded. The Association accepted Latin American History, Asian Civilization, American History, World Civilization and Survey of African History with the explanation that these courses are more "global" in nature. The use of the term "subset" to describe African Americans is reminiscent of the historical 3/5 of a person designation for southern slaves.
The restructure comes as an outgrowth of the new Lippett transfer legislation. The Lippet Legislation will require all four year colleges to accept all of the General Education courses a student completes when they graduate from a two New Jersey Community College with an Associates degree. The omission of African American History from the General Education category reduces the likelihood that students will be exposed to this important part of American history. Importantly, this categorization invalidates the important history and critical contribution of 14% of the population of New Jersey that is African American and the overall move towards a global economy.
The CCAOA also removed all African American and Women's literature courses from the General Education curriculum. This move to eliminate these courses is very far reaching. It affects all community colleges and their students through out the entire State of New Jersey. Ironically, the State passed the Amistad Legislation in 2002 which mandates the incorporation African American history into the teaching of American history in all primary and secondary schools through out the state.
The Newark Branch of the NAACP, New Black Panther Party √ Newark Chapter, the African Commission of the City of Newark, and the Coalition of Concerned Educators of New Jersey (CCENJ) are diametrically opposed to this action. Educators are in the process of appealing this inexplicably narrow minded decision. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 2:30 PM, patrice davis
Thank you for your interest. Here are the emails and addresses:
Dr. Susan Smith
Gloucester County College
1400 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
Dr. Abegail Douglas-Johnson
Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07036
Dr. Judith Redwine
Mercer Community College
West Winsor Campus
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Winsor, NJ 08550
Dr. Arthur Wexler
Atlantic Community College
Dr. Gary Porter
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738-1543
Dr. Kathleen Carter
Burlington Community College
601 Pemberton-Brown Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 0868
Dr. Margaret Hamilton
Camden Community College
PO Box 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Dr. Dominic Latorraca
College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ 07869
Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe
Cumberland County College
PO Box 1500
Vineland, NJ 08362