Reconciliation Begins with Knowledge of Contributions by Americans of African Descent
A new dawn is upon us, a 21st Century reconstruction period. The people’s demands can and will move this nation closer to justice, equity, and liberty for all. We have voiced our intentions to do so, and we must continue to move forward as our ancestors did before us, both black and white. The season of greed, corruption, power at any cost, and a shameful justice system must end. Leaders of integrity with intelligence, compassion, confidence, effective leadership skills, and respect and love for the principles on which this nation was founded must be the basis of any individual running for office and any politician seeking to stay in office. Individual merit should be the trait by which men and women are held accountable, rather than the color of one’s heritage.
Journal of Black Studies: Yvette Long
Author Yvette Long is the President of Aspire, an organization dedicated to educating students on the best ways to reduce risky behaviors and make better choices. The organization is dedicated to teaching students about time management, goal-setting, and overcoming stress and anxiety to achieve greater success in their careers and relationships.
African American Book Reviews
African american book reviews: Ms. Long’s historical stories will resonate loudly in both the African American Communities and educational community. It is a treat for lovers of history and provides a new perspective on Black History with key questions at the end of each chapter. A well-researched journey that many of us have heard whispers of but never saw. She brings the truth to us all about what we contributed.
I have truly enjoyed reading “The Untold Stories”. For many years the truth has been buried and false narratives about African American history have prevailed, until now. It’s thrilling to see your passion to communicate a perspective to our children that isn’t currently taught in schools. I would certainly recommend ALL Students across America read it to understand the true history.
George W. Martin
African american book reviews: Yvette takes the reader on an epic journey through Black History. Young and old will be engaged and embark on a journey of self-discovery with surprising results. I think it will spark all readers to want to know more. It is an easy read and a snapshot into our past and present providing an honest and insightful look at our history. I found her fluid prose and questions insightful and thought provoking challenging me to discover more.
African American Book Reviews: The Untold Story and I endorse it because it provides an excellent primer for educators as well as students. It is an important contribution to scholarship surrounding African American History and provides concise highlights of important events in the Americas over the centuries since the arrival of enslaved from Africa. Teachers and students can learn basic facts of American history so they can understand the foundation of current conditions that exist in the United States of America. The extensive list of references affords great opportunities for pursue additional studies in African American history.
Why African American History?
Engages an interest in learning for the African American students by developing self-esteem and a sense of identity, which has the potential to improve their academic outcomes.
The deliberate disenfranchisement of African American stories and contributions in the building of America continues to spread the ideals of white supremacy, ultimately leading to racism, stereotyping, prejudice, and intolerance.
A deep understanding of history teaches patriotism and lets students to feel pride in their heritage and culture, which creates a connection to their true roots as Americans. Focusing on the commonalities that bind us rather than the differences that separate us offers a form of healing and a method to unite our nation. Blacks and whites both made enormous sacrifices and contributions to help build this nation.
A full and accurate account of American history displays the contributions of African Americans in building the nation. It also lays bare cruel behavior that was conducted for greed. History can teach African American students that the majority of whites were not in support of America’s shackled slavery legacy. Work still remains to be done in recognizing and holding accountable those who engage in prejudicial mistreatment of African Americans.
An honest and true history helps to develop self-esteem and identity for children during the developmental years.
By examining history, students can learn to avoid repeating past mistakes.