My Quest To Teach

April 15, 2014

Saving Black Communities and Supporting HBCU’s

Saving Black Communities and Supporting HBCU’s
by William Jackson

Saving Black Communities/Click to get more information on
attending Thursday, April 17th.

This blog is inspired by:
Living Education: Re-Defining The Narrative:
The Importance of HBCUs and the Role of Alumni
an online Google Hangout Discussion

The presence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
is diminishing as the century of change and innovation grows.
These historically and culturally rich iconic institutions are
closing their doors to future generations of intellectual and
skilled African Americans.

“Blacks are losing their educational heritage and appear to
be apathetic about it..” Hbcu Kidz HBCU KIDZ
words that are frequently
heard cross this nation. “The power of education can never
be diminished for the potential to lift a person, a family
and a culture from the ravages of poverty and slavery
(intellectual, economic, political and educational).”
Wm Jackson, Educator and Professor at Edward Waters College.

“We are on dangerous grounds about education and culture”
in the Black community. Hbcu Kidz Too many are not taking
education seriously and lacking skills for new high tech careers.
Unemployment is high because too many Blacks lack 21st
century technical skills and caught in mentalities of service and
not leadership and innovation.

Wm Jackson Graduate of South Carolina State University 1985 and
Sean Jackson Graduate of Florida A&M University 2014

The formation of the nation’s HBCUs began helping
Blacks in attaining an education. Obtaining an education was
nearly impossible for most African Americans that are newly
free from slavery. Reading and writing had to be
taught in secret to avoid beatings, lynching’s, rapes and other
consequences often with dire results. The Civil War came to
an end and Blacks recognized that their minds had to be free
as well as their bodies.
As a graduate of an HBCU, South Carolina State University
and Professor of Educational Technology at an HBCU -
Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida I see the
challenges that HBCU’s face and the promise having the
faith in the ability to prepare African Americans for a complex
society, I support my son attending an HBCU – Florida A&M
University and any other child.

The recent closing of St. Paul’s College in Virginia creates
another void and the loss of knowledge that can never be replaced.
A former enslaved African began a school in 1888 which grew
up to become St. Paul’s College. As of April 9th 2014 the 137 acres
and historical buildings will be up for auction. An auction similar
to what the slaves experienced that tore apart families, destroyed
generations of greatness and shows once again that unfortunately
when African Americans achieve their goals of economic and
educational success they turn a blind eye to the past and helping
Black institutions in their growth and contribution.
Information on St. Paul’s College provided by HbcuKidz :
St. Paul’s College
“In this age of opportunity and technology abound we are
becoming as WEAK as our weakest links.” HBCUKidz

HBCU’s foundations were on creating atmospheres of
educational opportunities for freed slaves to learn skills
that enabled freed slaves to provide for their families and
compete for jobs. Blacks were not allowed to attend
white institutions so Blacks created their own, based on a
foundation of skills that Blacks could compete for jobs,
although never given equal opportunities Blacks still
took advantage of the chance to learn. What has happened
in the 21st century, blame cannot be totally placed on
educators and schools. How many Black homes have
reading libraries, how many homes take trips to libraries,
explore museums and planetariums?

The importance of education can be seen in data that
approximately 214,000, or 16 percent of African-American
higher education students in the nation are enrolled at HBCUs.
HBCUs produce approximately half of all African-American
teachers, Washington Monthly magazine states that
HBCUs outperform non-HBCUs in their education of
African-Americans as well as their ability to improve the
economic status of low-income students. HBCU’s contribute
to the growth of the Black middle class because these
institutions contribute much to the social, economic, and
political balance of the nation.
Unfortunately the question is still being asked whether or
not HBCU institutions are needed. The answer is a
competent “YES!” if HBCU’s did not exist, they would have
to be created to help sustain and strengthen the family unit of
Blacks in this nation. Black youth that are struggling
academically, but have the desire to earn a higher education
degree can be successful from remedial classes that help
those struggling. Many white institutions do not have these
forms of support. HBCU’s continue to lower the achievement
gaps because of the nurturing provided, cultural identification
and even the peer pressure to be successful.

An HBCU president said, “We remediate half our freshman
class but our motto remains ‘we take you as you are, but we
don’t graduate you as you came.’
Stated by Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College,
“HBCUs are the preferred choice for many talented Black
students. College choice is a reflection of identity; a statement
about how you see yourself, who you are now, and who you
hope to become. Students are drawn to environments where
they see themselves reflected in powerful ways, places
where they see themselves as central to the educational enterprise.”

Listen to:

Living Education: Re-Defining The Narrative:
The Importance of HBCUs and the Role of Alumni
Supporting HBCU’S
Host Dr. Mike Robinson, a Google Hangout discussion on the
importance of HBCUs and the role of graduates with alumnae of HBCUs.
Guests will include:

Kemba Cofield, Kentucky State University
Jazz Vocalist, Jazz Singer, Atlanta Jazz Musician,
Jazz Music Teacher Instructor, Atlanta Vocalist

William Jackson, South Carolina State University
National Blogger, STEM / STEAM Educator
Bullying / Cyberbullying and Social Media /Speaker
Adjunct Professor with Edward Waters College

April 12, 2014

Why Black Women Matter at #EDSPARK & #ONESPARK

Tangela Floyd – Reader Theater – Reading and Tutoring Project #20380

Why Black Women Matter at #EDSPARK & #ONESPARK

“If Black men do not support Black women, Black men will
see Black women being supported by other races and
cultures, losing the chance to create future generations of
Black boys and girls.” Wm Jackson #ONESPARK 2014

This year’s EDSPARK and ONESPARK has seen a
tremendous growth in women of color taking the
entrepreneurial path. Following their dreams and passions
to make a difference in their communities and improving
their lives and the future for their children.

Black women are involved in initiatives from education to
business, science to technology, music to the Arts, medicine
to embracing STEAM / STEM / STREAM careers that open
opportunities to 21st century careers.

Black women are climbing ladders in ways not conceived
before in diverse disciplines where only men would venture
into. Black women are fulfilling their dreams of financial
independence and diversity, relationship flexibility, engaged
in intellectual and cultural growth, changing the paradigm of
what society “thinks” or attempts to stereotype the Black
woman. There are no limitations and boundaries to what
Black women can achieve. #EDSPARK and #ONESPARK
are showing that women have talents, abilities and great
potential for change.

Tangela Floyd Project# 20380

#ONESPARK is enabling, engaging, educating and empowering
women to travel new paths as entrepreneurs, developing
technology, educators, engineering’s and as visionaries.
Women are building networks that no longer fear the “good
ole boy” system, because that system is slowing dissolving.
Women of all cultures are sharing their pride in their culture,
their intelligence and are realizing their growing power of
influence. Instead of looking for men mentors there are women
mentors and influencers.

#Jacksonville and #Florida understand that in the new
century women are important, can and do contribute to the
foundation of business, education, corporate and technological
contributions that allow for new ventures and increased
employment. From #ONESPARK to #EDSPARK to other
opportunities girls and women are moving into their own
places of confidence, influence and prominence.

Black women are breaking stereotypes, tearing down the
walls of fear of failure, building up their self-esteems and
confidence, are moving past those that say they cannot
and will not be successful.
Dr. Sandra Miles, “We (women) combat stereotypes that
have existed long before we came into the room.”
“Some think we are condescending, mean, unprofessional
and harsh. Sometimes I feel that a majority of black women
feel they can’t be their real selves at work because they
will be judged.” Women In Higher Education

Black women have been making history for years and are
gradually coming into their own, examples from history are
The first “official” African American female college graduate
was Mary Jane Patterson, who received a BA degree in
1862. The daughter of fugitive slaves, she became the
first black female principal at the Prep School for Negroes
in Washington DC. “Women In Higher Education”
Mae Jamison the first Black women in space, and there are
others growing in numbers.
This is a reason #EDSPARK and #ONESPARK are important
to provide networking opportunities, collaboration of resources
and content sharing.
Black women are becoming “Thought Leaders” Thought Leaders
are recognized as an authority in a specialized field, possessing
diverse knowledge and whose expertise is sought and often
rewarded. This is a great compliment and a growing
accomplishment for Black women whose intellectualism in
some areas is passing men. As a Black man I can confidently
say this with pride of my Black sisters and other sisters of
color and culture. Because I’m confident in my abilities being
raised to respect and appreciate all women, especially Black

Brown Girls Unite Project #20189 on Facebook:
Brown Girls UNITE

Black women are leaving the negativity of people
behind and disregarding the words, can’t, don’t,
shouldn’t and won’t. “If Black men do not support Black
women, Black men will see that Black women can survive
without them, Black women will move to those that do
support and encourage them to think out of the box and
embrace their passions.” Wm Jackson #ONESPARK 2014

Anthony Butler w/ Student in Mentoring Program

These SPARKS are the ignition to greater things for girls
and women of all colors, cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds.
E3 Business Group founder Anthony Butler, Sr. states the
importance of #ONESPARK – OneSpark has helped spotlight
the innovation of women entrepreneurs and how important
they are to the local economy. We need to continue
educating and encouraging women to be entrepreneurs
and take advantage of showcases like OneSpark. Women
are seeing role models of success and innovation that is
helping to revitalize our city and nation. My role as a
consultant, I find women entrepreneurs are hungry for
knowledge and opportunities. #ONESPARK and #EDSPARK
are changing history and a cultural mindset of women.”
E3 3-30-300 initiative #20332 at One Spark
@AnthonyButlerSr E3 Business Group E3 Business Group

#EDSPARK confirms that Black women have direct influence in
the educational environment at all levels from early childhood,
primary, intermediate and higher education. As a public school
educator and higher education professor women are influential
and active. I see a growing presence of women taking the roles
as instructors, administrators, Presidents, Board members and
educational innovators that are integrating technologies and
creating curriculum’s that are interactive and transformative.

Black women and women of color do matter at #EDSPARK
and #ONESPARK. Watch-out men #Jacksonville and #Florida
are ready for a women Mayor and a woman Governor, the
question is who will be first???

Before Email Reader Theater – OneSpark Project #20380 -

April 8, 2014

AKA 2014 Youth Summit: A Success In Learning

AKA 2014 Youth Summit: A Success In Learning

The summit to educate, encourage and engage over several
hundred youth attending the “Talk It Out” Summit was an
overwhelming success in Jacksonville, Florida.
Building of leaders is what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc. does well in its national
and international sorority.

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission has been to cultivate and
encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote
unity and friendship among college women, to study and
help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order
to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive
interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
These illustrious words carried from the foundation of AKA
Sorority in 1908 extend to the 21st century community
This year’s theme: “Talk It Out” achieved the goals of
Leadership Development, Character Building, Educational
Enrichment, and Civic Engagement through interactive
dialogue and discussion. Youth attending the workshops
held at James Weldon Johnson College Prep were engaged
in discussions from bullying prevention which is on the rise,
budgeting money, STEAM and STREAM careers, Social
Media safety and developing leadership skills necessary
to be successful throughout life.
Betty Burney, educator, motivational speaker, past school board
member with Duval County Public Schools and one of the AKA’s
greatest role models and advocates for education, excites and
motivates all she interacts with. Providing wisdom and foundational
knowledge to the value and empowerment of education.

Taylor Richardson, a fourth grade student commented with
great excitement when asked what she thought of the event
she attended with her mother, learned that she has to work
hard if she is going to be an astronaut (one of her dreams).
Stating further that she doesn’t want McDonalds anymore,
focusing more in a healthier eating lifestyle at a young age
to carry into adulthood.

Events such as this are important for girls; youth, teens and
young adult women to attend because they show how
important engagement is with women that are active and
involved in the community and have successfully completed
higher education, vocational education and even careers in
the military to show girls and young women, and even the
few young men that attended the value of education and
the significance of preparing for future careers.
Sororities like Alpha Kappa Alpha and even fraternities provide
a valuable resource to youth that need to see role models in
business, education, science, medicine and even in careers
not thought of or even considered. The presentation of
STEAM, and STREAM careers provided by William Jackson
of “My Quest To Teach” an educator and presenter that speaks
on careers associated with STEM showed that careers are
continuously in development for youth, teens and young
adults that have not been created yet. Mr. Jackson an
educator of over 20 years teaches Engineering and Technology
in public education and Educational Technology at Edward
Waters College shares that youth especially Black youth need
to enter in careers of STEM – Science Technology
Engineering Math and STEAM Science Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics. These are careers that are high in salaries,
leadership responsibilities and the opportunity to travel the world.

The growing number of acronyms from CSTEAM
Computer Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics
and STREAM integrating reading and comprehension prepares
students for careers.
Taylor Richardson with excitement still building in her eyes and
a bright excited smile stated that “this (AKA Summit) was the best
experience of her life thus far! To meet a real astronaut and her
be(ing) a girl rocks!! “ Taylor and her mom hope to find a summer
camp that emphasizes STEM and STEAM activities and careers
to continue to motivate and educate girls in these important career

The influence and power of role models like Ms. Juliea Robinson-Nelson
and Dr. Mae Jamison are powerful in motivating girls into careers
that may not be recognized as realistic dreams and goals for inner
city youth. Events like this are important to show girls that they are
intelligent, talented and just as smart as boys in sciences, technology
and mathematics.

The upcoming One Spark crowd funding event in Jacksonville, Florida
is another opportunity for girls and women, especially Black women
to seek how to find funding as entrepreneurs, business leaders and
pioneers in diverse areas that provide services and products.
Women are growing as business leaders and need to see models
of success and influence to encourage the next generation of leaders.
Statistics are showing a growing change in the participation of
women in many fields. Women hold only 17 percent of the board seats
on Fortune 500 companies NPR 04/2014. The trend shows the
more women get involved in companies and work up the professional
ladder they are watched by other women and their achievements
are emulated from educational obtainment to career choices.
One of the benefits to summits is the opportunity to network for these
young ladies.

Mr. Jackson, a social media consultant explained to the youth the value
of networking from the model of E3 Business Group of Northeast Florida he stated that before
the summit is over they should have networked with three people they
did not know previously, sharing contact and social media information.
Research says the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business is networking
and youth should be taught and modeled the value of networking to build
relationships that extend in years, creating a foundation of collaboration
and connectivity for future.

The success of the AKA Summit will be seen in the growing futures of
the young ladies and young men in attendance. A young lady thrilled
about participating in the summit stated with passion she wanted to
learn everything there was to be an AKA. What a great testament to the
success of building women and empowering them to exceed their potential.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
AKA Chapter
My Quest To Teach
Bullying On the Rise

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