Empowerment Through Education
Blacbiblio.com advocates a philosophy of empowerment and acceptance through
education which incorporates three intertwining concepts:
1. Today, everyone learns in a global world.
Today families, schools and all community institutions share the responsibility for preparing young people for living and learning in a global culture. Canada has always been shaped by the confluence of multiple cultures on its shores. How did we receive culture? How did we create belonging and open opportunities? These stories implicitly beg these questions. All Canadians can learn from this journey.
2. Our current understanding of the world is mediated by our past.
The ABC’s helps young people acquire an empowering set of “navigational” skills which include the ability to:
- Access unknown information from a variety of sources.
- Analyze and explore how history is “constructed”
- Evaluate the stories’ explicit and implicit messages against one’s own ethical, moral and/or democratic principles.
- Express or create their own messages using a variety of media tools.
3. Learning about silent voices is an ‘alternative’
Canada has always had a history embedded in multiple cultures, though most are woefully unaware of how others’ culture made a difference. Thus, we are working so that all Canadians develop better cultural literacy. The power of history is its ability to inspire independent thinking and foster critical analysis. The goal of historical education is to make every person feel valued and transform the world so that all benefit from its richness.
February Black History Month is coming; will you be ready? Are you like many educators who find themselves on February 1st scrambling to create new materials from scratch in order to incorporate diversity within your classroom?
The ABCs of Black Canadian History Kit has been designed to free up your time by making Black History Month activities easy to integrate into your lesson plans and by allowing you to develop some unique learning activities with your students.
About the Editors
Dr. Dorothy W. Williams
President & Founder of Blacbibilio.com, Inc.A well-known author of the history of Blacks within Quebec, she has contributed numerous articles, chap¬ters, and web content on Blacks across Canada. She has a Master’s in History and a doctorate in Library and Information Studies.
Community & Education DeveloperHe has been working in the non-profit sector for several decades. He has developed expertise on the educational needs of visible minority youth and has a passion for history and the value of storytelling. He has consulted with provincial school boards on youth retention, community networking and curriculum development. Linton has collaborated on the creation of the ABC’s, playing a key role in both the design and marketing of our products.
She comes to the Project with training in Education and has begun to work with inner-city youth in Montreal. She was instrumental in developing much of the early pedagogical frameworks used in the ABC’s Kit.
Blacbiblio.com is committed to an inclusive Canadian-focused education