My Quest To Teach

May 27, 2013

Save Our Sons Summit

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 4:11 pm

Save Our Sons Summit

Save Our Sons Summit is a collective effort
between St. Paul MBC of Jacksonville, Florida,
Community Connections, and other
organizations. The mission is to prevent
young men 10-18 years of age from being
involved in the judicial system, working to
solidify the importance of education and
its empowering value of the family structure.

Encouraging mentoring, fathers staying involved
with their children and positive parenting.
The Save Our Sons Summit was attended by
over a thousand youth. This summit provided
an opportunity for youth in Jacksonville and
surrounding communities to be engaged in
discussions about their responsibility and
accountability for their actions. The
importance of youth understanding that if
they are not personally accountable and have
low expectations for their success socially and
educationally there is a criminal justice system
that can and will incarcerate them. Students from
throughout DCPS, teachers, parents, guardians
and grandparents were invited to attend. Importantly
to bring a young man with them.

Today’s criminal system has been compared to
modern day slavery. The lack of educational
resources, counseling (education and substance
abuse) and vocational education to help youth
get back on the right path in society.
Judge Mathis a noted community activist and
national speaker on prison systems stated
many times his criticisms. The prison system is
designed for the failure of Black men, not to help
them re-enter society with marketable skills.
Judge Mathis has pointed out Black men are
60% of the prison population the results of bad
schools, diminishing mental health resources,
lack of fatherly involvement and no
employment opportunities that often result in
African American men being in prison.

The value of education, the importance of
self respect, the priority of valuing life and
living should continuously be taught to youth.
Parents should talk to their children every day and
if there are no responsible parents, then a mentor or
positive adults should take the effort to bond and
support that youth through schools and churches.
It is easier said than done, but the priority is here
and now. Each of these elements and more were
discussed in detail for the attending young
men and even several young women.

Community organizations from 100 Black
Men of Jacksonville, Churches, Fraternities, Law
Enforcement and other community groups were
in solidarity for this initiative.

Attending were
Mayor Alvin Brown speaking about the Learn2Earn
Experience and how he strives to get first generation
students to enter college. Even though Gov. Scott has
vetoed monies for this summer event that is a now a
national model, Mayor Brown understands with a
college education employment and career doors open.
The community, churches, businesses, fraternities and
their sister organizations are encouraged to support
the Learn2Earn Experience because their children may
need helped in their aspirations for college.

Dr. Vitti, Superintendent of Schools for Duval County
Public Schools, discussed parental responsibility and
how parents are their children’s first teacher, mentor
and foundation for educational and social excellence.
New direction for parents to be more involved and
active in schools, taking a lead in working with
teachers and administrators for the growth of educational
successes. Dr. Vitti has stated many times that schools
cannot do it alone in the educational process they need
parental support not criticism. Parents can help with
student discipline, truancy, bullying, and even the potential
for criminal behaviors that create too many opportunities
for youth to be involved in the criminal justice system.

Pastor John E. Guns St. Paul MBC http://www.spmbcjax.org/
heartfelt words of his experiences presiding over funerals
of youth that have been murdered showed his passion and
commitment to youth and the Jacksonville community.
Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives each day.
No child should be incarcerated, killed or involved in the
killing of another person. More can and should be done by
churches and organizations throughout Jacksonville. Pastor
Guns announced this is only the beginning. Next will be
Save Our Daughters.

Each of the community organizations involved represents
what is good and positive in Jacksonville. Speakers spoke
to parents and youth to inspire, encourage and engage the
reality of our world for young men Black, Latino, Mexican,
Asian, Haitian and even White.
The direct discussion by men that were incarcerated, gone
astray in life and their experiences were shared to show
youth how life is precious and should be valued. To show
those attending what social and educational paths NOT to go
thru because of the long term negative effects of being
involved in the juvenile justice system and even the adult system.

The school to prison pipeline is shown to be affecting the lives
of millions of youth especially Black youth. The implementation
of preventive measures are many times not in place to help
youth that are challenged educationally, socially and the
instability of the family structure.

Emphasis was on more could be done. As Pastor
Guns stated multiple times, “more can be done
for our youth in Jacksonville. More organizations,
fraternities, professionals and others need to step-up
and help youth of our community.”

Save Our Sons is just the beginning of a wider
initiative, expanding soon to Save Our Daughters.
Data shows more young girls from the ages of 10-18
are challenged academically in schools, exposed
to bullying, sexual situations and the lack of male
and female mentors. This is only the beginning and
to be successful more Churches, Chamber of Commerce’s,
Educational organizations and community groups need to
be involved.

Resources:
Save Our Sons Summit 2013
https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSonsJacksonville

YouTube Videos from Save Our Sons
http://www.youtube.com/williamjacksoninfl
Pastor John E. Guns, Dr. N. Vitti and Mayor Alvin Brown

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May 24, 2013

Black Bloggers and a Nigerian Connection

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 3:39 am
Black Bloggers and Their Influence

Black Bloggers and Their Influence

Black Bloggers and a Nigerian Connection

The influence of Chinua Achebe
Father of Contemporary African Literature
on Black Bloggers and the power of reading
by Malcolm X with educational emphasis by
Carter G. Woodson

My interpretations of the power and diversity
of Black Bloggers in the 21st century.

At this moment Negroes must begin to do the
very thing which they have been taught that
they cannot do. Carter G. Woodson

As Black Blogger month comes to a conclusion
I want to share my passion for writing, the
purpose of engaging those of like mind
sets, talents and intellects. Black Bloggers are
not the rarity that they once were, there are millions
of writers either published or unpublished. Each
valuable in their talents and abilities to tell a
story, share a thought and express passions.

Sharing my passion of Blogging and understanding
how studying other writer’s allows a growing
Blogger to be a better writer, a better reading.
Bloggers no matter how long they have been
writing still need a mentor. Someone that shares
literary guidance that helps to develop not only
a writing/blogging style, but some form of ethics
that reinforces the goal and mission of writing.

Ironically my three writing /blogging mentors
are of great generational distance from the current
bloggers of today. My mentors did not rely on the
digital engagement of the Internet; they used the
strength of written words on traditional paper.
Their words are no less powerful and poignant;
their works later on were forged onto digital
manuscripts where they will forever be alive.
My mentors are Malcolm X, Carter G. Woodson
and Chinua Achebe.

Chinua Achebe displays a unique and engaging
passion for writing that many Black writers/bloggers
should know and understand. Born in Nigeria where
passion is frowned upon, as Achebe states. Achebe’s
writing creates the aroma of life in situations and
circumstances that invoke emotional responses
that cannot be contained. The African spirituality
that conquers even the distance of oceans and seas
that separate America from Africa.

When blogging it is important to have a passion for
what you are writing. A writer is sharing a part of
themselves with their readers. They are exposing their
soul, their essence to the world through words. Using
intellectual tools that are important even for children.

Blogging is a process that can expand in multiple directions
or focusing on a specific course, it helps to guide the
discussion that develops when bloggers write. The best
way to build momentum for a blogger is to give power
for continued dialogue from blogging, a dialogue that
empowers the reader. This is a symbiotic relationship,
that can perpetuate a undying connection between the
writer and the reader.

Bloggers are not just writing for themselves they are
writing for a developing and growing family of followers.
Chinua Achebe has stated that “no one can tell your
story but you.” Our experiences in life help guide a
person’s writing, their style, their content and their story.
Each person has a peculiar story that has connections
for others. Once a person writes and then publishes
(blogs) they lose ownership of their content. It is taken and
absorbed into the lives of others. The power of a person’s
content is that no matter another persons’ color, culture,
race, creed, gender the reader can identify as a whole or in
part with the blogger. Whites are now reading Black
bloggers to learn how passion is infused in the cornucopia
of words that Blacks are able to assemble into knowledge.

A person’s story is best told by the author first, because that
first person experience sets the tone and tempo of the voice
of the blogger. Black Bloggers are passionate, emotional and
blends personal experiences of family, culture and the power
that writing has to make people think, ponder and reflect.
Not to take away from White or European writers, but Black
writers continue to fight for authenticity, and value even
from their own people. The responsibility of Black Bloggers
is to accurately depict their people.

Chinua Achebe states that as a writer it is his ambition to
“seeing a human being as human.” Black Bloggers face several
challenges that sometimes are a roadblock to entering into new
marketability and branding. The perception of Black Bloggers
producing valuable content that does make a difference. Black
Bloggers should question what is their ambition for writing,
what is their purpose and mission, whom is their audience.
Each blogger has a purpose and that purpose will determine
who follows them not just on a temporary basis, but for a long
term relationship. Writing is a relationship, the bond that
joins souls in a unique embracing through words.
Writing /Blogging creates relationships that transcend the physical
and digital pages of their works. This is from as Chinua Achebe
states that a writer “has a unique story ready to come out.” There
is a literary birth just as the birth of a infant.

Good writing requires work to accomplish the goal of educating
and inspiring. Bloggers in many cases have a captured audience
because their writings will never go away. When posted online
they are always available, capturing the attention of millions.
This availability can allow each generation the opportunity to
lay a foundation that they can follow only if they read the words
of the past.

Parents have a responsibility to lead their children to read
the words of the past. If they fail to inspire readers and fail
to encourage writers that lead to the growth of a new generation
of Bloggers they maybe creating historical literal genocide.
Meaning that parents are the first teachers, the first literary mentors.
Teaching children to read, to develop a thirst for the written
word. The challenges of schools and the educational down turn
can be attributed to Black parents not emphasizing the importance and value of reading.
Black parents that do not teach their children to read are
creating generations of literary assassins, Black children
that are not taught to read are being placed into slavery
(mentally and physically).

The mental slavery of Black children unable to know they can
grow from their current perceptions of poverty and ignorance.
The physical slavery is the ignorance of not valuing education
and learning. Girls growing into the governmental system of
slavery of birthing machines, manufacturing the future tenants
of prison cells. Black boys relying on athletics not academics
to market and brand themselves as scholars and producers.

Chinua Achebe has stated that, “children can fly, everything
is possible.” To create this perception and important
ideology of flight Black parents must teach their children
before they get into school they can fly by reading and thinking.

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed
by one book.” Malcolm X

Children are their own storytellers, they have an important part
in keeping Black writing and storytelling alive. Black children
are the paths from remembrance. Past writers will remain alive
and flourish if Black parents allow Black children to read about
Black authors, allowing them to be inspired to write and tell
their stories to the world.

My Alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend
the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Malcolm X

When will Black parents take their children to the libraries
and museums of this nation. When will Black parents take
their children to the science centers and cultural centers
to learn of past and current glories in science,
technology, engineering, arts and even mathematics.

African’s are the originators of STEAM, but without reading
and preparation Black children will not learn of the literary
giants of the past, present or become our future.

#Blerd #Blerdchat #BlerdNation #blkintechnology #MyQuestToTeach
@Blerdology @JoinBBC @blackmediascoop @urbanexpressive @NatlBlackPages @TVOne

May 21, 2013

Support Learn2Earn Experience by Mayor Alvin Brown

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 5:01 am
Learn2Earn Experience

Learn2Earn Experience

Support Learn2Earn Experience by Mayor Alvin Brown

Calling on all Parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts,
Pastors, Priests, Bishops and other religious leaders,
young professionals, seasoned business leaders and Prayer
Warriors your HELP is needed.

Governor Scott, vetoed monies for this summer’s Learn2Earn
Experience here in Jacksonville, Florida. As a parent and educator
for this great program we need support to let Gov. Scott know
HE NEEDS TO SPONSOR THIS PROGRAM and support it
with monies.

Learn2Earn Experience is designed to help potential first
generation college students gain the experience of attending
college and encouraging students with the experience of staying
on a college campus for a week during the summer. Involved
are the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College,
Jacksonville University and University of Florida.

Learn2Earn Experience

Learn2Earn Experience

How can Gov. Scott deny your youth this unique opportunity to
experience a college environment? Even youth with disabilities
that are trying to overcome the stereotypes and critics of
students with disabilities.
The Learn2Earn Experience: To encourage and inspire
youth that may be the first in their families to go to college.
This is not a Black, Hispanic, Latino, Haitian, Asian or White
program it is a unique educational program that embraces our
community, the students of the Duval County Public Schools.
Community support is needed and a strong effort to get funding
for this program.

There are millions of dollar in the Juvenile Justice system to
incarcerate youth, but not enough money to support educating
youth.
Why and importantly how can Gov. Scott not support this
program? After attending the Save Our Sons Summit this is
exactly what the Jacksonville, Florida community should
support. As Pastor Guns stated, “More should and can be done.”
Now is the opportunity for more to be done. More programs
that encourage higher educational opportunities. More programs
that lead youth away from crime and towards educational
opportunities. Now it the time for churches to show their
priorities in helping youth obtain more educational opportunities.
Contact the Mayors Office to see how your church or ministry
can support our youth.

Learn2Earn

Learn2Earn

Contact the Governor’s Office and your state representatives in
Tallahassee, ask if they want an educated workforce for
Jacksonville and the State of Florida. The better educated our
youth are the better they can help ALL of Jacksonville grow
and become 21st century leaders and advocates for business,
finance, social and educational strength.

It seems education is always attacked and excuses made to help
better our youth. Learn2Earn Experience is growing to a national
model to help youth get to college, but it seems Tallahassee has
other ideas again for the educational opportunities for the youth
here in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mayor Brown cannot do it himself he needs community help to
send a message to the Governor to support our children that are the
Sparks of growth and future professionals for Jacksonville, and the
State of Florida.

William Jackson, Learn2Earn Instructor

Mayor Alvin Brown Speaking to L2E Students

Pictures from 2012 Learn2Earn Experience at UNF
Copy and paste in a new browser or click on active links.

Day One –
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/slideshow/Learn2Earn

Day One and Two –
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/slideshow/Learn2Earn%20Experience

Day Two and Three –
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/slideshow/Learn2Earn%20Social%20Media%20Presentation

Mayor Brown’s presentation from the Save Our Sons Summit
Part One – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmeUdyIBNkQ

Part Two – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq9IzJQpikE

Discussion is the key to understanding and growth for youth and teens.

Discussion is the key to understanding and growth for youth and teens.

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