My Quest To Teach

May 27, 2013

Save Our Sons Summit

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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 @ 03:39
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

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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.

May 20, 2013

Celebration of Black Blogger Month

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Wm Jackson Blogger

Celebration of Black Blogger Month

Celebrating the talents, abilities, enthusiasm, and
developing content created by Black Bloggers and
Bloggers of Color.

May 16, 2013

May Is Black Blogger Month

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Wm Jackson Blogger

May Is Black Blogger Month
Wm Jackson, M.Ed.
MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger
Month to celebrate the dynamic abilities of Black Bloggers
and Bloggers of Color. Representative of the importance
of sharing content that engages, excites, inspires and
importantly teaches creating content that is positive,
progressive and diverse.

History of Blogging
The history of Blogging can be traced back to the
emergence of blogs in the late 1990s,as technology
grew so did blogging in its outreach and popularity.
Web publishing tools allowed for the expansion
of the writers ability to post content. The history of
Black Blogging can be traced over a few years from
2004 to the present.
The perception is, writing is not seen as a passion that
Blacks would engage in by the general white literary
society, this perception is totally incorrect with the
vast interests of Blacks in many facets of technology,
Social Media, fashion, relationships, natural hair,
parenting, fatherhood and the list continues to grow.
As with any successful venture when Blacks started to
excel in Blogging, non-Blacks tried to replicate these
successes by imitating, copying and even trying to
hire Bloggers that could duplicate Black Blogging
styles without hiring Black Bloggers.

Transpiring Skill
Blogging is a natural transpiring skill, even before
the advent of technology, looking at the writing history
of Blacks all that needs to be done is to mention the
names of Dunbar, Wright, Johnson, Ellison, Haley, Balwin.
Names respected in the literary field for
excellence.
Lets’ not forget nor dishonor the names of sister writers
that paved the way for female Bloggers of today:
Giovanni, Walker, Hansberry, Angelou, Brooks, Morrison
and Hurston.

These are names of men and women of writing
prominence, there are more. In their own ways they
are iconic and literary geniuses throughout time and
global influence. Their writing essence can be found
on Blog sites in text and through video. Continuing
to influence future generations of Bloggers, allowing
for growth and maturity and an new generation to be
take the lead.

My Motivation
My own Blogging did not start until 2006, a young
lady making the comment to me in my Educational
Technology class at a local HBCU, that there were no
intelligent and progressive Black men. This made me
angry because I knew my intelligence, engagement
in my community, my school where I teach technology,
involved in my church and my involvement with my
children as a caring and supportive father.
These elements are important because they define me
to the world. They show my willingness to be engaged
in events in my world, the level of my humanity, what
influences my Blogging. Life experiences and life’s
relationships define our perception and reaction to
the world. Black Bloggers are important because of
their “Voice” in the world, thus for me “My Quest To
Teach” was born http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/

Connections
Blogging and Social Media platforms allow writers to
connect with people of like mindset. The traditional writing/
blogging, to the developing micro-blogging of Twitter and
its 140 character limitations now integrating several seconds
of video through Apps, the use of audio podcasts and the
growing video podcasts that are being used to Market and
Brand people not just businesses. The use of YouTube and
Vimeo video platforms that allow anyone to be directors,
producers, actors, news anchors. The limits are only limited
by the imagination for Blacks in creating content.
Additionally, Blogging has transitioned to the realm of Blog
Talk Radio where thousands of channels are available to
digest, dialogue, diagnose, and dissect issues important to
Blacks that traditional media refuse to cover or only with
negative content.

Blogging has gone ballistic in the past few years because of
the passion Blacks have in their abilities, talents, and shedding
of their fear of using technology to express their passions.
The growth of developed online communities that allow Blacks
to share content, to release their passions through digital text
and with advancements of the web now text has transformed.
Transformations to multimedia elements that provide almost an
emotional and religious relationship. Black Bloggers bring several
dynamics to Blogging, one of them is passion, this passion
brings an emotional connection. Because Blacks are people of
emotion, passion, zeal and enthusiasm.

If you performed a Google search on “What is a Black Blogger?”
the search results would bring forth sites specifically for Bloggers
of Color. Eager to share their ideologies, the passion for life and
living, experiences with children, families, husbands, wives, the
dynamic and sometimes complicated relationships that we are
involved in. Blogging allows “Blacks to tell their story” and
“create their own Scandals.”
Listening to the great Nigerian writer and story teller Chinua
Achebe, he states that “no one can tell your story better than you can.”
An Evening with Chinua Achebe (Youtube) Library of Congress 2009.

Spreading the Word
The sharing of knowledge and wisdom comes in many forms, when
Blacks unite, collaborate, coordinate it is now outside of the church
house, school house, barbershop, and hairsalon. Black Bloggers are
now leading Meetups, Conferences, Workshops and online sites for
Bloggers of Color.
Growth in a talent is not active alone it takes the sharing of ideas,
creating the atmosphere of learning, creativity, innovation and unity.
May is an awareness month to the diversity of Black Bloggers and
Bloggers of Color. United in multiple digital environments that
transverse the World Wide Web, Blogosphere, Internet, WWW3 or
other terminology that seems relevant to Social Media platforms
that Black Bloggers can Bless with their content.

A New Era
This is the beginning of a new era in Black communication and
the power of Social Media. Just as the poem “Still I Rise” by
Maya Angelou. Black Bloggers rise from the darkness of
traditional media, creating content that represents the struggles,
challenges, successes, victories, and achievements of Blacks.
No media run by any other culture can share the passion and heart
of Blacks and People of Color than Black Bloggers. Their value and
importance is immeasurable.

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