I am fortunate to teach courses in African American History and African History at one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse community colleges in the nation, Montgomery College. It has students from over 170 countries enrolled in classes. This wealth of diversity brings incredible richness to the learning process.
I also involve my students in a service learning project in which they re-enact scenes from two different periods in African American History (early civil rights and Antebellum period). Images from these projects can be seen by clicking on the links above labeled Legacy of the Freemen and the PEA the Movie.
African-American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah & The Coastal Islands
Highlights include tours of Ossabaw Island and Sapelo Island, and several sites in the Savannah Historic District, as well as presentations by leading experts in African American History and Culture.
Growing Up Gullah
Last year I completed a film that includes the testimonies of 12 residents in the Washington DC area, who consider themselves Gullah or Geechee.
The film, "Growing up Gullah" chronicles the childhood memories of Washington DC area residents who once lived on the Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. In the film, 12 African Americans provide multifaceted insights into African cultural patterns (i.e. art, dance, music, healing and spiritual traditions) that continue to impact American Society today.
African American Heritage Day
I also served as the curator of the Accokeek Foundation's 11th Annual African American Heritage Day. The theme of our celebration was "Enduring Traditions." We highlighted groups, institutions and individuals that exemplify this year's theme. For example, Jubilee Voices, Prince George's African American History Museum and Buffalo Soldiers re-enactors shared their knowledge and skills with the public.
We provided both an educational and entertaining experiences to people of all ages. Thanks to everyone who attended!
To learn more about this project, please click on the link labeled AfroAm Heritage Day here or at the top of the page.
Profiled as a "best practice" in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages committed young leaders from around the world in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at U.S. non-profit organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers.
I was fortunate to interview several fellows from the third cohort of this innovative program. For example, Masoora Ali was a the first Atlas Corp fellow from Pakistan. In the video above, she shares some of her experiences with AALEAD, the non-profit she worked with while she resided in Washington D.C. You can find out more about Atlas Corps by going to their Homepage
The mission of Asian American LEAD (AALead) is to promote the well-being of low-income and underserved Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building. In 2010 they organized several Dance for Peace fundraisers in which the children performed. Below are some some videos of their practice sessions and interviews with several of the children.