My Quest To Teach

August 15, 2016

HBCUs Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers

HBCUs Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers
by William Jackson, Edward Waters College
Educational Technology

The explosion of blogging has transitioned beyond the
limitations of text, there is VBlogging, MicroBlogging, Podcasting
and other platforms to share cultural, political, educational,
and dynamic content.
The importance of writing can never be understated in the
areas of education and business writing, it is still crucial to the
sharing and disseminating of information. Writing shows the
foundation of intelligence  and engaging ideas and concepts.

As an instructor
teaching Educational
Technology and
Social Media at
Edward Waters College,
I have always felt that
blogging allows  for
growth and

networking. The challenge is to get HBCU students to see beyond
their personal perceptions that are limited by lack of exposure
and expand their digital vision to see the benefits of creating and
mastering their digital footprints.
This exposure can expand  networking opportunities and
collaboration that can lead to employment and the start of careers.
Content can make or break an HBCU student’s ability to gain
employment.
Businesses are looking for talent that has a passion for challenges
and diversity; looking at HBCUs’ for professionals. HBCU men and
women that can integrate technology with creativity and innovation
have valuable skills that are sought after.
HBCU students should be taught to be aggressive, confident and
prepared. The increase of conferences show there is a need for
professional development, workshops, seminars
and teaching Marketing/Branding in the 21st century by creating
or branding with knowledge in areas of need.

Blogging, Microblogging, Podcasting Vblogging can aid in
the Marketing and Branding of HBCU students.
Students need to attend conferences like:
1. Blogging While Brown
(the premiere blogging conference for bloggers of color and culture)
Blogging While Brown
2. Florida Blogging and Technology Conference
(FLBlogCon educates and empowers bloggers by
teaching best practices for blogging)

 

 

 

 

 

Just to name two, Google other conferences like:
WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp

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There is even a Florida Writers Conference that
provides access to literary influences and thought
leaders.
Check with local libraries and even MeetUps
to see what events are coming up.

Colleges and universities across the nation are
teaching the intricate dynamics of writing and applying
writing to integrating with technology. The growth and
influence of blogging can be seen in its infusion
in Social Media platforms that are now money
makers,  business ventures based on content creation.
Social Media has a local impact on the events that
happen in communities where individual citizens are
reporters and content creators that keep neighbors
informed and engaged.

Writing influencers such as Chinua Achebe and Buchi
Emecheta have been influential in my blogging because
of the passion they have for their native Nigeria and
empowerment of education and literacy.
One of the best influences for HBCU students is to find
a blogging/writing mentor, either virtual or in person.
It is important to find writers with similar interests and
abilities to model and direct passion to create content.

My other mentors are Malcolm X because of his love
for learning, Richard Wright for intellectualism,
Earnest Gaines, James Baldwin, Carter G. Woodson
to name a few.

Reading is important because content
is based on research and background information
that will validate and carry your blog.

Buchi Emecheta
“I believe it is important to speak to your readers
in person… to enable people to have a whole
picture of me; I have to both write and speak.
I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.”
These are strong words that can be applied to bloggers.
Engagement and communication is important.
Involvement in a community and speaking up is
important as well. HBCU students, what is your passion
to blog about to help effect positive and
transformational change?

BlackBloggersConnect.com
leading SM / Blogging site:
Social media is the thriving pulse
behind the blogosphere.

ThyBlackMan.com
http://thyblackman.com/about-us/

HBCU students
create change through intellectualism and developing
themselves as a thought leader and influencer.
Choose your words wisely and apply your passions,
you will make an impact in the world and be heard.

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I’m a proud graduate of South Carolina State College

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March 12, 2016

Introducing the Black Superheroes

Reader Theater Group
Conjure Con – Orlando, Florida 2016

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc.
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation

Young Minds Building Success
&
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
Present
Stetson Kennedy Legacy:
“Introducing the Black Superheroes”

The Black Superheroes
*Roy Sold His Car to God
*Uncle Monday
*Big Mama was a Superhero Too
*Nine Second Man
*John The Conqueror
*Princess Kitaka
*Turpentine Sam
*Abada the Warrior
*Mama Duck
*Daddy Mention

Introducing

Performers:
Tangela Floyd
Executive Director for Young Minds Building Success
Author of “Can I Speak,” “Eve of a New Nation,” and “Jump Manya”
Tangela is a poet, storyteller, and lecturer. She excels in creativity
and innovative thinking in an artistic media.

Ari Turner
Business entrepreneur, spoken word artist and fan of the Arts.
Her youthful energy is invigorating and infectious and her
professionalism defies her youthful appearance.

Aida Correa
A Brooklyn, New York native of Puerto Rican descent, her passion
and cultural diversity is to empower individuals from all walks of
life through her paintings and poetry.

Roxann Hilbert
Has appeared in several Stage Aurora plays and displays an artistic
maturity that displays confidence and patience. Having appeared in
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frathouse, and The Wiz her theatrical experiences
brings a theatrical dynamic to Reader Theater.
William Jackson
A teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Edward Waters
College. He is the 2015 – 2016 Teacher of the Year with Venetia
Elementary School. William is usually handling the Social Media
platforms, photos and PowerPoint/Music transitions during
Reader Theater, he performs when needed.

Elisha Taylor
Student with Duval County Public Schools, he is an “Agent of
STEAM” who loves technology and comic books. Elisha maybe
a future reader using his youthful exuberance and growing
theatrical abilities.

Tommy Bridgewater
Audio Equipment Specialist

Producers are:
Tangela Floyd, Sandra Parks, (widow of Stetson Kennedy)
and Nancy McLucas

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Performing at Florida State College Jacksonville 2016
Rahman Johnson, Ari Turner, Tangela Floyd,
Roxann Hilbert, Aida Correa, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition

Resources:
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com
Young Minds Building Success Charities
http://www.ymbsc.org
904 635-6167

Video of Reader Theater at Conjure Con in Orlando, Florida
Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
William Jackson, Elisha Taylor: Videographer

Video of Reader Theater at Florida State College Jacksonville
Performers: Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
Rahman Johnson, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition
https://fscj.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Black+Super+Heroes+21616.mpeg/1_4ig8rt9c

YouTube Videos of Reader Theater
The Black Superheroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE
Introduction of Reader Theater – October 2, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE

Reading and explanation of Anne Frank’s novel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGF1YvyOnaA
What does banned books say
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQkRjQta5mM
The Before Email: Reader Theater – Readers of the Evening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8tjRQuOJk
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CXzxHKDrl4
Readers Theater performing at Hope Chapel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl9lAe_obwg

Media Moments:
Folio Weekly
http://folioweekly.com/speaking-the-black-superheroes,13262
eu Jacksonville
http://eujacksonville.com/2015/07/14/stetson-kennedy-legacy-black-superheroes/
Reader Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/
Do You Believe In Black Superheroes
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/do-you-believe-in-black-superheroes/
Readers Theater puts the ‘super’ in African-American folklore heroes
http://jacksonville.com/current/mandarin-st-johns/2015-07-23/story/readers-theater-puts-super-african-american-folklore
Readers Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/

Group SuperHeros
Performing at Jacksonville Public Library 2015


Sandra Parker (widow of Stetson Kennedy) and William Jackson


Performance at Jacksonville Public Library 2015

 

 

June 9, 2015

30 Books for Parents Raising a Black Male/Female Child

30 Books for Parents Raising a Black Male/Female Child

There are a great deal of resources to help parents
“teach” their children the necessary academic skills
in order to be successful in school. One of the programs
is “The Raising Him Alone Campaign” and its list of 30
Books for Parents raising a Black Male Child.

The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising
boys/girls in a “challenging” society.
The campaign realizes that raising a Black male/female
child can be both rewarding and difficult, there is help.

These are some resources that I shared months ago,
with summer here parents and their children can use
their time wisely, if encouraged and read this summer.
Looking at the “Adventures of Moxie Girl,” The Black
Superheroes and other local works, it is important
that children need to read more, and make
reading fun and enjoyable.

The third grade reading scores of our babies shows
a need for books in their hands and to be encouraged,
inspired and praised to motivate them.

Please share this list with other parents;
“If the village does not embrace learning and wisdom
what does that say about the future of the children?”
William Jackson – Edward Waters College
#EducationalTechnology #EWCTIGERS
For more information check the public library in your
community or city.

Group SuperHeroes – Readers Theater

A Black Parent’s Handbook to
Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele
1. A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington
2. Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif
3. Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson
4. How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman
5. Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American
Boys in American Classrooms by Michael Porter
6. Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper
7. Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our
African-American Sons to the Ivy League by
Paula Penn-Nabrit
8. Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu
9. Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu
10. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life
of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson


Taylor Richardson “An Agent of STEAM”

11. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher
12. Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden
13. Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams
14. Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir
15. Strength for Their Journey: 5 Essential Disciplines
African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and
Teens by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford
16. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to
Self-Empowerment for Women by Iyanla Vanzant
17. The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell
18. The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and
Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson Davis,
Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins
19. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and
Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins,
Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt
20. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner


Natalie #AdventuresofMoxieGirl

21. The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack
22. The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush
23. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of
Living and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant
24. Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress
and Peril by Kevin Merida
25. Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams
26. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young
Men by Leonard Sax
27. Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint, and
A. J. Franklin
28. 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields
29. Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby

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