N’Joya Weusi Saturday School

by Salim K. T. Adofo
National Secretary
National Black United Front

During the summer of 2012 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in the Brookland Section of Washington DC, the National Black United Front (NBUF) initiated its N’Joya Weusi Saturday School.  The school is named after two of NBUF’s founding members Baba Seydou N’Joya and Baba Jitu Weusi. Seydou N’Joya is a long time Pan African Activist that started as a member of the Labor Section of NBUF. He helped people with discrimination complaints in the workforce. Before his passing, he worked in the area of political prisoners, electoral politics and reparations. Jitu Weusi is known as the architect of NBUF and is a long time Pan African Activist as well. He was a founding member of The East Cultural Center, the Council of Independent Black Institutions, the Afrikan Street Festival, The NY State Freedom party and many other organizations. Jitu Weusi worked as an educator in New York City for over 40 years before he passed in 2013.

In the early 90’s NBUF established its “World African Centered Education Plan.” The ultimate objective of the plan is to create a worldwide independent African Centered Education System by developing African Centered independent schools and strengthening existing African Centered Independent schools.

By applying point number two of the plan, NBUF developed its N’Joya Weusi Saturday School in Washington DC. Recognizing that the current District of Columbia educational system isn’t designed to meet the needs of Africans in America, NBUF concluded that it should (as well as other community organizations) organize around supplementing the education (or lack of) that the children in the Black community are subject to in the public, as well as private and charter school system. NBUF’s supplemental educational program is based upon science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and the principles of Kwanzaa.

In an article published in May of 2014, CBSNEWS reported the 2013 results of 8th grade Washington DC students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test.

The article stated that in math, D.C. public-school eighth graders scored an average of 265 out of 500, and only 19 percent were rated “proficient” or better.  With this in mind, the main focus of the N’Joya Weusi Saturday School has been STEM.  Students have successfully conducted science experiments on water purification, renewable energy, global warming and volcanoes. In addition to the sciences, the Saturday School uses the principles of Kwanzaa to address many of the social needs of the children.

NBUF maintains that a healthy and productive learning environment is one that includes a child’s family.  Therefore, guided by the principles of Kwanzaa, (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) NBUF uses these principles to help create that environment.  Parents, guardians, and extended family members are highly encouraged to participate in all aspects of the classes. This includes financing, preparing lunch, recruiting children and facilitating the lesson of the day. By having a child’s family participate, the family bond is strengthened, a positive value system is reinforced in the home as well as outside of it and a stronger sense of community is developed.

The purpose of education should be to teach a people how to become producers of goods and services, and controllers of the economy, politics, and social structure of their community. However, the current system is training Black youth how to be first class consumers and subjects of the prison industrial complex. The NBUF World African Centered Education Plan and the N’Joya Weusi Saturday School is an organizing tool that can be used to counter the mis-educating of Black youth and set Black people on a path of self-determination.  The school, which started out as a six-week summer program, is now facilitated on a quarterly basis and has expanded to Houston TX. To learn more information on the National Black United Front N’Joya Weusi Saturday School, contact info@nationalblackunitedfront.net.

 

  1. African Centered curriculum development and educational restructuring in the public

 

  1. Expanding the number and quality of supplementary or after school programs in the African

 

  1. Working to restore African extended communities through aligning with African religious / spiritual institutions, community organizations, social organizations, and educational groups to create pilot block by block organizing around African Centered

 

  1. Through NBUF’s Prison Project, work to implement African Centered Education in the education programs in the prisons of

 

  1. Encourage African governments throughout the world to adopt the African Centered Education thrust.
  2. Support, when appropriate, African Centered Charter

 

  1. The establishment of an NBUF African Centered Teacher Training

 

  1. Develop a National Strategy of electing African Centered School Board Members at the local level and establish a National African Centered School Board Organization.

 

  1. Strive to coalesce with non-English speaking African people in furthering our efforts to internationalize the African Centered

 

  1. That NBUF consolidate the African Centered movement through aligning and collaborating with African Centered entertainers, study groups, churches/temples, scholars, and rites of passage programs.

 

  1. Establish an NBUF African Centered Education Summit Network and periodically convene NBUF Educational Summits.
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NBUF Solidarity Statement in Support of the #Telema Youth Activists in the Congo

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The National Black United Front supports the young people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and our allies at, Friends of the Congo, in their efforts to ensure a fair and democratic election in the DRC.  On December 19, 2016, Congolese youth strengthened their efforts for a peaceful and just democracy, by using non-violent, civil disobedient, direct actions to urge President Joseph Kabila to step down after his term. However, the young protestors were met with fire from armed security forces, resulting in an estimated 26 deaths. We offer our condolences to the protesters and their families.

 

Per the term limits in the country’s constitution, December 19 was Presidents Kabila’s final day in office. Kabila and his administration, have still maintained governmental control and have suspended all future elections indefinitely.
We denounce the suppression faced by the peaceful Congolese protesters, including the brutal state sanctioned violence.  The National Black United Front stands in solidarity with the #Telema youth activists in the Congo as they organize for a fair and just transition of power in their homeland. NBUF firmly believes that with guidance from their elders and strong international support, this can be achieved.
Take Four Actions Right Now to Support the Congolese youth:
1.  Make a financial contribution to help sustain the youth’s ongoing actions inside the Congo.
2. Update your social media profile(s) and share images and stories from youth inside the country by using #Telema.
3. Encourage your family, friends, loved ones and others in your network to support the Congo youth movement.
4. Appeal to your organization(s) to send a solidarity statement supporting the #Telema social justice movement in the D.R. Congo.
Click here to find out more about ways in which you can stand with the Congolese people!
#Telema means stand up in Lingala, a language spoken in the north western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It is a  Congolese global movement unfolding both in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Diaspora.  Launched in the wake of the January 19, 2015 uprising in the Congo, #Telema aims to support, develop and sustain an organized popular movement in the Congo for peace, justice and human dignity.
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Another Side of Dr. King

by Salim K. T. Adofo

 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a front line freedom fighter in the fight to uplift the Black community, is often quoted, referenced and honored, but was he ever understood? Many people will remember Dr. King for his position on non-violence and his “I Have a Dream” speech. However, contradictions in White America’s treatment of Blacks, which were exposed by the Black Power Movement, fashioned another side of King, a side that accelerated Dr. Kings’ assassination.

 In Dr. Kings’ book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community,” he wrote: “Black Power, in its broad and positive meaning, is a call to Black people to amass the political and economic strength to achieve their legitimate goals. No one can deny that the Negro is in dire need of this kind of legitimate power.”

 Dr. King also went on to write, “Black Power is also a call for the pooling of Black financial resources to achieve economic security. Through the pooling of such resources and the development of habits of thrift and techniques of wise investments, the Negro will be doing his share to grapple with his problem of economic deprivation. If Black Power means the development of this kind of strength within the Negro community, then it is a quest for basic, necessary, legitimate power.”

 It is important to note that these ideas that Dr. King had on Black politics and economics are the same positions that Malcolm X communicated in his definition of the political and economic aspects of Black Nationalism. The reason this is important is the FBI felt it would be necessary to eliminate Dr. King if he were to use Black Nationalist tactics. This can be seen through the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) of the FBI.

 COINTELPRO was and still is a program designed to neutralize, disrupt and dismantle Black organizations. On March 4, 1968, the FBI released a classified document that stated: “Prevent the RISE OF A ‘MESSIAH’ who could unify, and electrify, the militant Black Nationalist movement.

 Malcolm X might have been such a ‘messiah;’ he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and [Nation of Islam leader] Elijah Muhammad [sic] all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammad is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘White, liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence) and embrace Black Nationalism.”

 Dr. King’s Last Speech

 On April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech that is now known as “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top.” In his speech he stated: “And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from [big corporations]. And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell them not to buy, what is the other bread? Wonder Bread. And what is the other bread company, Jesse? Tell them not to buy Hart’s bread.

 “As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now, only the garbage men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain. We are choosing these companies because they haven’t been fair in their hiring policies; and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike. And then they can move on downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right. But not only that, we’ve got to strengthen Black institutions.

 “I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a ‘bank-in’ movement in Memphis. So go by the savings and loan association. I’m not asking you something we don’t do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We’re just telling you to follow what we’re doing. Put your money there.

 “You have six or seven Black insurance companies in Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an ‘insurance-in.’ Now these are some practical things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here.”

 This would become King’s last speech. The very next day, April 4, which was exactly one month to the day after the COINTELPRO memo was released, Dr. King became a victim of American terrorism against Black people. He was shot in the neck by a White supremacist sniper under the direction of the United States government.

 Why? As one can see, according to Dr. King’s last speech and his writings, another side of Dr. King was developing. A side (MLK) that began to embrace Black Nationalist tactics and strategies as a means to achieve freedom, justice and equality for Black people.