We jumped for joy when we scrolled social media today and came across this video of Nina Simone singing to a group of children on the oh-so-famous stoop at Sesame Street! We've also provided the lyrics for you to share with your little ones.
"To Be Young, Gifted And Black"
To be young, gifted and black,
Oh what a lovely precious dream
To be young, gifted and black,
Open your heart to what I mean
In the whole world you know
There's a million boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black,
And that's a fact!
You are young, gifted and black
We must begin to tell our young
There's a world waiting for you
Yours is the quest that's just begun
When you feeling really low
Yeah, there's a great truth that you should know
When you're young, gifted and black
Your soul's intact
Young, gifted and black
Oh how I've long to know the truth
There are times when I look back
And I am haunted by my youth
Oh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be young, gifted and black
Is where it's at
Enjoy your daily dose of cuteness!
The Oakland Unified School District is the only district where you'll find a department solely focused on African American Male Achievement. Here students can take the elective titled, "Mastering Our Cultural Identity: African American Male Image". Read this New York Times article from Patricia Leigh Brown to learn how this district is helping our black boys see they truly are strong, intelligent, and talented.
Now, how can we get this curriculum in every school across the nation?
On Instagram, @hbcupridenation posed a question to its audience where a parent asked if there were any summer programs at any HBCUs their high school son/daughter could attend. After reading the responses, I decided to look up some of the camps mentioned. Below are some ways to build your teenager's exposure and keep them engaged in something meaningful while school is out. The best part is some of these HBCUs offer camps for kids in elementary school!
Do you know of any other summer camps? Let us know in the comments.
HBCU Summer Camps
Albany State University
Benedict College - Upward Bound
Dillard University - Emerging Scholars Program (for new Fall applicants)
Hampton University - Pre-College/Summer Bridge Program
Howard University - High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy
Jackson State - Summer Programs
Morehouse College - Upward Bound Math Science Southeaster Regional Institute
North Carolina Central University - Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurial Academy
Prairie View A&M University - Summer Programs
Southern University - Academic, Sports, Fitness, & Self-Enrichment Camps
Tennessee State University - College of Engineering
Tuskegee University - Summer Programs
Xavier University - Academic Summer Programs
I am one of Marely's biggest fans, and you should be too! This 11 year old young lady is helping to shed light on a problem we've had for longer than she's been alive. It's a sad and true fact that you will likely not head to your nearest Target or Barnes & Noble and find a plethora of books where the main characters are anything other than white boys and girls. I know because even for our Cocktails for a Cause event many guests shared their frustration about not being able to find diverse books to donate.
I can't wait to see what other great things Marley will do for her community as she continues to push us to acknowledge what's lacking in not only her classroom but classrooms across the United States.
To learn more about Marley's movement, check out this NPR article here.
Visit this link to see the list of highly recommended African-American children's books: http://aalbc.com/books/children.ph_p.
10 Things That Wouldn't Exist Without Black Americans
Did you know this ShondaLand star is a native Houstonian!? Click here to see Tracy Clemons' ABC13 interview with Kendrick Sampson.
Scholastic has a great article, 13 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month, for you to review and select activities for your kiddos to complete. Click here to check it out.