African-Centered Education Walkathon

The 1,069 mile walk to Washington D.C. (2009)

African Centered Education is a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities for learners of African descent that is based on philosophies and theories centered in the African perception of reality, and delivered through a curriculum that develops the necessary skills to participate as global citizens and advocates for the African descendant community. The distinctive purpose of African Centered Education is to develop self-consciousness, self determination, positive self-concept, a sense of Africa as it applies to the upliftment of the community, and an understanding of Africa as it to applies to personal growth and development. It is the overall goal of African Centered Education to offset the pervasive educational challenges caused by cultural amnesia and self hatred.”

(Alexander 1996, Asante 2001, Goggins 2001, Hilliard, 2003)

· The African centered school experience provides a sense of freedom and confidence.
· The African centered learning experience fosters an intellectual maturity earlier in life than might otherwise have taken place.
· Daily African centered interactions prepare students for global citizenship as they develop the skills to deal with all types of people with a clear awareness of “who I am and where I am from.”
· African centered instructional models develop critical thinking skills and provide the tools for advanced synthesis, and research analysis.
· The intellect and cognitive skills developed from African centered learning experiences translates through all things and throughout life.

Calling the Village to Account….

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Florida’s only African-centered public school Co-founder and current Board Chairman, Amefika D. Geuka, walked from the school in West Palm Beach, FL along with his supporters to Washington, DC to dramatize the urgent need for African-centered education for children of African descent. Geuka and his colleagues have dubbed this venture a “Trek for African-Centered Education,” that was conducted from July 15th through August 13, 2009.

The Route

Florida:
Palm Beach -> Martin -> St. Lucie -> Indian River -> Brevard -> Volusia -> Flagler -> St. John’s -> Duval -> Nassau

Georgia:
Camden -> Glynn -> McIntosh -> Liberty -> Bryan -> Chatham -> Effington

South Carolina:
Jasper -> Colleton -> Dorchester -> Orangeburg -> Clarendon -> Sumter -> Florence -> Dillon

North Carolina:
Robeson -> Cumberland -> Sampson -> Johnston -> Wilson -> Edgecomb -> Halifax -> Northampton

Virginia:
Greensville -> Sussex -> Dinwiddie -> Chesterfield -> Henrico -> Hanover -> Caroline -> Stafford -> Prince William -> Fairfax

Date

Origin

Destination

Miles

Cumulative Miles

July 15, 2009

West Palm Beach

Port St. Lucie, FL

45

45

July 16, 2009

Port St. Lucie, FL

Sebastian, FL

40

85

July 17, 2009

Sebastian Fl

Cocoa, FL

46

131

July 18, 2009

Cocoa, FL

Oak Hill, FL

37

168

July 19, 2009

Oak Hill, FL

Daytona Beach, FL

28

196

July 20, 2009

Daytona Beach , FL

St. Augustine, FL

56

252

July 21, 2009

St. Augustine, FL

Jacksonville, FL

36

288

July 22, 2009

Jacksonville, FL

Kingsland, GA

36

324

July 23, 2009

Kingsland, GA

Brunswick , GA

41

365

July 24, 2009

Brunswick, GA

South Newport , GA

36

401

July 25, 2009

South Newport , GA

Savannah , GA

42

443

July 26, 2009

Savannah , GA

Ridgeland, SC

35

478

July 27 , 2009

Ridgeland, SC

Walterboro, SC

38

516

July 28, 2009

Walterboro, SC

Summerville, SC

31

547

July 29, 2009

Summerville, SC

Greeleyville, SC

48

595

July 30, 2009

Greeleyville, SC

Florence, SC

52

647

July 31, 2009

Florence, SC

Dillon, SC

33

680

August 1, 2009

Dillon, SC

Lumberton, NC

27

707

August 2, 2009

Lumberton, NC

Fayetteville, NC

32

739

August 3, 2009

Fayetteville, NC

Benson, NC

32

771

August 4, 2009

Benson, NC

Wilson, NC

45

816

August 5, 2009

Wilson, NC

Rocky Mount, NC

20

836

August 6, 2009

Rocky Mount, NC

Garysburg, NC

40

876

August 7, 2009

Garysburg, NC

Emporia, VA

18

894

August 8,2009

Emporia, VA

Petersburg, VA

40

934

August 9, 2009

Peters burg VA

Richmond, VA

24

958

August 10, 2009

Richmond, VA

Ladysmith, VA

34

992

August 11, 2009

Ladysmith, VA

Aquia, VA

31

1,023

August 12, 2009

Aquia, VA

Malcolm X Park

Washington, DC

46

1,069

Press

Walking for a Purpose By A.J. Ross (source: WMBF News)
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1 comment for “African-Centered Education Walkathon

  1. Robert Hart
    March 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m seeking direction and guidance. I would like to start an after school program here in nyc,bronx/harlem.The main theme will be african centered/multicultural…Looking to site definition and success stories regarding the positive out come of the students. Less drop outs especially of our african american males. the students feeling more of a relevance with the academics ,instead of a detachment…

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