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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 26, 2016, 05:07 PM »
Grits. A southern tradition steeped in history as old as the oldest slave. We have to respect grits. Anybody that doesn't know how to eat grits correctly needs to be hunted down like a dirty....
I almost can say with a certainty Harriet Tubman agrees with me.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 25, 2016, 04:55 PM »
Here's another example of the truth bearing witness to what black people are complaining about. Of course when we point out what's goes on that deliberately adversely affects us, we're accused of playing the race card.
These school books coming out of Texas are not written by educators but by people with racist postictal agendas. Black people have been saying this for a couple years now.
Here's a look at the truth. Who is it playing the race card in reality?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 21, 2016, 07:43 PM »
Uh-oh.   Now here's some history for you. Be sure and check out Jackie Onassis.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 21, 2016, 07:23 PM »
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 20, 2016, 08:08 PM »
I'm going to put this here to make a point. I'm oft accused of making up
things about race. I've said over and over not only are a lot of things abut race, but I can prove it. I can connect the dots and have many times. I've pointed out that no matter how henious or mundane a topic is if it's about a black person the comment section is going to be full of racist negative comments. And when I point that out, then naturally if it doesn't negatively affect some white people, then I'm playing the race card by pointing it out. They will deny what they see so they can blame the victim.
Here is a classic example. Just read the comments. Proof positive and ugly validation of the truth.
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Lady SunShine on May 08, 2016, 08:56 AM »
Happy Mother's Day
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 05, 2016, 03:01 PM »
Somebody want to explain again how they can say laws aren't being put on or kept on the books to disenfranchise black people specifically?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on May 02, 2016, 08:00 PM »
Awhile back we had some discussion on the entomology of and use of the word Nigger. Let's revisit that briefly. Here's a discussion about what some are saying about the double standard in it's use.
Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Haiku Of The Day
« Last post by Mystic1 on May 02, 2016, 10:05 AM »
first autumn moon
a moment’s hesitation...
geese fold clipped wings
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on April 27, 2016, 01:50 PM »
April 26 little known black history fact. And a testament to strong black women.

School administrator and teacher Wilhemina Crosson was born on April 26, 1900.

Wilhelmina Marguerita Crosson was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, to Charles Tasker Crosson and Sallie Alice Davis Crosson. She was the fourth of nine children. In 1906, she moved with her family to Boston, where she attended the Hyde School and Girls' High School in Roxbury. She earned a B.S. degree in education at Boston Teachers College in and a master's degree in educational administration from Boston University.

Crosson began her career in 1920 at the Hancock School in Boston's North End, teaching remedial reading to the children of Italian immigrants. She was one of the first African-American women to teach in the Boston public schools. One of the first American teachers to recognize the need for remedial reading classes, she developed Boston's first remedial reading program in 1935. Crosson's pioneering methods were so successful that administrators and other teachers were regularly sent to observe her classes, and she was invited to lecture on the subject.

In 1925, she founded the Aristo Club of Boston, an organization of black professional women who studied and taught Black history and awarded scholarships to blackAfrican-American children. The Boston school system began observing Negro History Week as a result of the Aristo Club's efforts.

In 1933, Crosson published a groundbreaking article in the Elementary English Review titled "The Negro in Children's Literature." It was the first article in a mainstream American teaching journal asking teachers to celebrate African-American culture, and the first article by a self-described "Negro" author to appear in the journal. In the article, Crosson recommends the teaching of "Negro literature" (which she defines as works by, for, and about black people), reasoning that black children should not be deprived of the literature of their own race and that all children would benefit from the experience:

She also recommended the teaching of African-American history, presenting the achievements of African Americans such as Harriet Tubman alongside those of whites, proposing that this would "...make the Negro child strive to lift his race to higher levels, and the white child feel that the Negro race has played its part in the making of America."

In 1945, she took a sabbatical to study intercultural education in Mexico's public schools for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Crosson was one of the few women to be given a field assignment for the ASNLH in those days and was later elected to its executive council. Upon her return, she began teaching at the all-black Hyde School in Roxbury, where she made many changes in the curriculum and inspired a love of reading in her students. She also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at the Twelfth Baptist Church and taught black history lessons on Saturdays.

Crosson became president of the Palmer Memorial Institute, an all-black preparatory school in Sedalia, North Carolina, in 1952. She established many new programs at the school and obtained funding from the government and the Ford Foundation. She retired in 1966. In 1968, she worked with North Carolina College developing a training program for Peace Corps volunteers on assignment in Liberia. In 1970, she returned to Boston, where she did volunteer work in homeless shelters and as a tutor.

Wilhemina Crosson died in May 1991, at the age of 91
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