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HENRY McNEAL TURNER ACADEMY

In AWARENESS OF SELF, Black Culture on November 25, 2010 at UTC.18.30.

Congratulations to Henry McNeal Turner Learning Academy students who are attending the newly opened public charter school today.

Good luck and best wishes for the success of the school, its teachers and Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, which built the facility. It’s a family life center in a neighborhood that is changing.

The middle class is moving back, pushing its low-income and elderly residents elsewhere. Full gentrification has slowed with the downturn in the economy. But it is not forgotten.

This new family life center and elementary school are positive steps.

But the school certainly has set a high standard to live up to its namesake.

Henry McNeal Turner believed that God is black.

Turner, an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, was born free in 1833 in Abbeville, South Carolina. He died in 1915. He was an outspoken advocate for black people in the pulpit and in the Georgia legislature.

II hope all the students learn about Turner, When I discovered him in my late 30s while researching reparations, he became an instant hero. It is a shame that no history course taught me about Turner, not even my college black history class.

That’s why I hope this and every school encourages students to be curious and to follow that curiosity into self-interest study. Read, youngsters. Then read some more.

What have you learned on your own that you weren’t taught in school? Do you go to the library? Do you take your kids to the library?

(Article 1st published in Sun-Sentinel)

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  1. I certainly agree that there needs to be much more self-study on the part of students (and adults). There remains so much Black History to discover and learn from, and this cannot be accomplished during Black History Month alone. Perhaps we should have a Turn Off the TV/Pick Up a Book Month!

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