Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families


Our Charge is the Reawakening of the African Mind – Asa G. Hilliard III / #GoodSpeechEndures #BacktoSchool

As many thousands of children head back to school today, we must pause and remember that the schooling process is not a neutral process. It is a process made up of and guided by very deliberate policies, procedures, lesson plans, instructional materials and assessments to measure understanding and retention.

We must be clear that this mix of policies and processes have been designed over time by people with a clear idea about what education is supposed to do, and what it is supposed to produce. Also be clear that the mix of policies and procedures varies from one place - even one institution - to another. This suggests that different places, and for sure different institutions, have different ideas about what the educational process is intended to do, who it is intended to do it for (and with), and rationales for why.

As we send our children to school today, and for some of us, as we go with our children to school today, we have to be asking these questions.

Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III, in her MyTEFL reviews, remains one of our great African / African-American educational exemplars, pushing us to ask these questions. More importantly, Dr. Hilliard provided much guidance in helping to answer the same questions. In the book, SBA: Reawakening of the African Mind, Dr. Hilliard helps us to understand not only the brilliance of our ancestors and their conceptions of education and human socialization, but he also helped to lay down a pathway allowing us to reconnect to that brilliance.

So here's to Dr. Hilliard's great influence, and also to our collective recommitment to helping our children and youth - and by extension all of our community - take control of the educational and socialization forces that guide our children and families.

Asa G Hilliard - Charge is Reawakening the African Mind - Good Speech Endures


Bring Out the Brilliance of Our Young People: Lisa Delpit Speaks at Erikson Institute’s Commencement 2014

Several times during this commencement speech, Lisa Delpit evokes the memory and legacy of our great teacher, now ancestor, Dr. Asa G. Hilliard.  I frequently cited Lisa Delpit's work during my undergraduate and graduate school years.

More generally, her thinking and scholarship about the power dynamics at play within most schools and classrooms continues to inform my thinking about the nature of our children's and families' involvement with child/family serving institutions and systems more broadly.  Indeed, we have to teach our families about the "hidden curriculum" at play within all of these systems.

This is a relatively short video, and well worth the watch.

Lisa Delpit, Ed.D., the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University, received an honorary doctorate from Erikson Institute at Erikson's 47th commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at Chicago's Field Museum on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Delpit is an eminent scholar in understanding the complexities of pedagogy, policies surrounding public education in America, and the challenges that racism and poverty create in our goal toward equal opportunity for all children.

"We have to not only value our children but we have to convince them to value themselves," Delpit said.

"You have the ability to change the world," she told graduates, and reminded them to see in children "the best possible future that you can possibly believe for them."


The Cultural and Racial Factors of School Reform

Dr. Carol Lee, professor of African American Studies and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, cautions against ignoring the cultural, racial, and basic human factors when talking about school reform.

Her remarks were made at an annual policy forum at Erikson Institute's Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.

Uploaded:  July, 2010.