Black World History Class Offered
Western educational institutions primarily leave out a whole segment of history because its mandate is to teach historical and cultural courses that reflect its own interests. Even so-called Black Studies or Pan Afrikan Studies courses often fall short of revealing the global history and culture of Afrikan peoples. True instruction on the history and culture of Black people around the world, ancient and modern, would ultimately change the face of world history, igniting a revolution in scholarly literature from what is offered today.
For the past six years, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, historian, musicologist, author, producer, has been teaching these missing pages of history in the community, at the same level one would expect from a graduate level university course. The class begins September 18th, for 11 Friday evenings, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The new location, formerly in Leimert Park, is at the Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Ladera Park Community Center (4750 62nd Street, first block west of La Brea Ave.) in Los Angeles. Dr. Kwaku will conduct a multi-media class unlike anything taught in today’s educational institutions. As an extra incentive for those skeptical of such information, the first class is free.
Dr. Kwaku, as he is affectionately called by thousands of students, makes essential history come alive. He is one of the innovators of teaching Afrikan world history, and has taught this particular course for over two decades at various universities. And for those who come early, he plays his format music called QBM, Quality Black Music, for adults. The first free class will feature what Dr. Kwaku calls ‘Michael Jackson for Old School.’
Â “Our community and many university students have been denied certain areas of history that should be standard. Unfortunately, there are not enough university professors doing research on Afrikan world history and culture, and/or have not been adequately trained to teach such a course,” said Dr. Kwaku. “Since the onset of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Afrikan world history has virtually been eliminated, omitted or distorted from textbooks. Why? Because it corrects the often inaccurate Eurocentric view of the world.
Registration for the class will begin at 6:15pm Friday, September 18. For detailed information about the entire class, go to www.drkwaku.com.