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In Black Ink (IBI) is a social enterprise that seeks to create inter-generational literature bout people f African descent in Minnesota. IBI supports the publishing industry by engaging literary artists in projects that bring collective economic development.

Towards An African Education: A Biia Book Review

Summary:
This book is a collection of articles written by the Black community for the Black community. These articles focus on education in our communities especially with a focus on children and us as an African people. By communities I mean all our communities. Some articles focus on our communities in the United States, some focus on education in Africa and some on both. I personally enjoy how each article speaks in a different tone. Some articles feel flowy like a story, some are very fact based with lots of graphs and pie charts, and some were heavy on the academic side as in jargon and concepts. I liked the variety and I particularly enjoyed not knowing what type of article I was going to read next. What can I say I just love surprises!

My Favorite Part:
My favorite article was the third article ” A Historical Review of the Role Black Parents and the Black Community Played in Providing Schooling for Black Children in the South 1865-1954.” by Dr. Josie Johnson. This was my favorite because it was almost like a historical story. Personally, I love reading about our period in history after enslavement and before the Civil Rights Movement. This article is important because it takes the myth that Black parents don’t value or care about their children’s education, rips it apart and throws it away. The myth has always been foolish and it actually kind of breaks my heart that it even exists but it felt good to read that article and laugh at how obvious the importance that education has to Black parents in the past, now and forever.

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Biia Thoughts:
I’m excited that the very first book that I have reviewed on “paper” or I guess the first written review that I have ever done is on Towards an African Education: by Elder Mahmoud El-Kati. For three reasons: 1. It was basically the first book that I ended up touching since I’ve returned to America. 2. Quite a few people that I actually know or have at least met and interacted with more than once has an article in this book and 3. Elder Mahmoud El-Kati… do I really need to say more.

Also at the end of the book there are many resources for you to continue our journey and study into learning about the education of our community. There’s a list of key points and summaries from the book! Honestly all books should have this at the back just so that if you don’t read the book quickly you can be reminded of what you read also it serves as a nice point of reflection where you can review everything that has been talked about. There’s quotes about education from prominent Black leaders. There’s a booklist filled with books on education. There’s even a list of organizations that support, encourage and foster opportunities for quality education. like come on people it does not get any easier than this!!! If you are at all curious about education or want to continue learning about education for our community this is the place to start!! and it shows you where to go afterwards like ugggghhh I can’t even express to you how perfect this book is for that.

Favorite quote from the Book:

The chief aim of life is not simnply to be happy.
The chief aim of life is to be useful,
To be responsible,
To be compassionate,
To count for something
To make it matter that you lived at all.

Random:
• I keep kicking myself because I want to have all the contributors sign my book but I keep leaving it at home when I go to events that I KNOW they will be at SMH how Biia How?!
• You all should read the book and come the Sankofa Series: Book Reading and Dicussion events! There’s one every month. It’s ran by In Black Ink so you should check out their facebook page and instagram @MNinBlackInk. Yes I do volunteer with them and yes this is my shameless plug.
• I am slightly disappointed in myself for taking so long to read this. But life has just been so crazy and getting back into the rhythm of America aka the busyness of it took longer than I thought but I think I finally got the balance to add reading back into my life.

Rating Scale

💥 = i regret reading this
💥💥 = meh. Not really for me
💥💥💥 =it was good/fine
💥💥💥💥 =i would own it😊
💥💥💥💥💥 = i would reread this hundreds of times. I would own it and pass it down to future generations.

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Here is a pdf download of the review.

Book Reading and Discussion – A Sankofa Series Event

In this event, three of our selected authors will read and discuss their writings; Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of Macalester College, Eric Mahmoud President/CEO/Founder of Seed Academy and Harvest Best Academy, and Dr. Rose Brewer, Professor in Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Download the event brochure here.

Upcoming reading and discussion schedule:

 

MN African American Heritage Museum
1256 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Fri. February 21, 2020
6:00-8:00pm

Rondo Community Library
461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55103
Sat. March 7, 2020
1:00-3:00pm

Nu Skool of Afrikan American Thought
1166 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Fri., March 27, 2020
6:30-8:30pm

For more Information:
MNInBlackInk@gmail.com
651-231-6604

In Black Ink advances cause of children’s education

“Towards an African Education: Selected Writings on the Education and
Development of Children of African Heritage” edited by Mahmoud El-Kati, is the newest offering from In Black Ink.

The book launched in October in conjunction with In Black Ink’s Sankofa Series event “Educating Our Children in the 21st Century.” The showcase had the trappings of a richly grassroots aesthetic, enlisting many culturally noted individuals.

Keynote speaker was Third World Press founder Dr. Haki Mahubuti—once known as literary legend of the Black Arts Movement Don L. Lee. Mahmoud El-Kati delivered the address, “Towards an African Education: An Overview.”

Serving as emcee was local media powerhouse Lissa Jones, producer-creator-host of KMOJ’s hugely popular “Urban Agenda,” and host of the Givens Foundation for African American literature podcast “Black Market Reads.”

“Towards an African Education” is impressive, to say the least—before you open the book. El-Kati contributing “Towards an African Education: A Critical Essay.” Rekhet Si-Asar of In Black Ink and Papyrus Publishing Inc., Josie Johnson and Dr. Rose Brewer are also contributors.

Educational and engaging, the general tone is academic but not stiff, as the writing tends to be conversationally
informative. Something college and high school students wouldn’t mind getting assigned since it’s sagely enlightening without being so densely cerebral.

Revered activist, Johnson, whose memoir “Hope in the Struggle” was published this year, contributed “A Historical
Review of the Role Black Parents and the Black Community Played in Providing Schooling for Black Children in the South 1865 – 1954.”

Excerpted from her mid-1980s dissertation, Johnson attests, “Because the history of Black people is often ignored or presented in an inadequate manner, the extent of the role Black parents played in providing schooling, during the slavery years and beyond, has not been available even to some scholars otherwise knowledgeable about Black interest in education. The fact that Black parents and the Black community were significant factors in the provision of schooling for their children needs additional documentation and dissemination.”

Dr. Brewer is, among other accomplishments, a noted professor of African American and African studies at the University of Minnesota. Her “The Struggle Continues for an African Education” issues, in part, an indictment against America for a system that, in the guise of social progress, covertly sustains age-old bigotry, forcing the fight for education to go on after all this time.

“This turning away from educational justice is expressed in a willing embrace of dismantling laws and government policies, which support educational equality,” laments Brewer. “No need for these since a segment of the society proclaims this is now expendable in a so-called “colorblind society or they more vulgarly assert Black children are the source of their own lack of educational achievement.

“This shift in articulation of what the stakes are should also be thought about in the context of what I call transformed economic space with deep consequences for Black educational inequality in the U.S. today.”

“Towards an African Education,” suffice to say, shows In Black Ink’s strong commitment to advance young minds.

The book reading and discussion of “Towards an African Education” with Mahmoud El-Kati and contributors took place Dec. 7 from 1-3 pm at The Reading Room – Model Cities Brownstone, located at 839 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

Download the PDF copy.

Black Women Must Write, and Publish!

In this segment of Urban Agenda, I’m in studio with Rekhet Si-Asar, Founder of ‘Ink Black Ink’, and Lesley Anne Brown, Author of ‘Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son‘. Join us as we explore myriad issues that are a part of living as black women in the world, and our strivings to celebrate ourselves and our sisters!

In Black Ink (IBI) has made it their purpose to make sure the stories of Minnesota’s black communities are heard. With a FUBU (For Us, By Us) mentality, IBI strives to capture the untold stories of African heritage Minnesotans by creating and publishing a database of black writers, editors, illustrators, distribution reps and other publishing.

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In Black Ink (IBI) is a social enterprise that seeks to create inter-generational literature bout people f African descent in Minnesota. IBI supports the publishing industry by engaging literary artists in projects that bring collective economic development.

Capturing Our Stories

IN BLACK INK SHARES THE ABSENT NARRATIVES OF MINNESOTA’S PEOPLE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE

By definition, a story is an account of incidents or events. When certain narratives are absent, we miss points of view that strengthen the rich colorful fabrics of community.

In Black Ink (IBI) has made it their purpose to make sure the stories of Minnesota’s black communities are heard. With a FUBU (For Us, By Us) mentality, IBI strives to capture the untold stories of African-heritage Minnesotans by creating and publishing a database of black writers, editors, illustrators, distribution reps and other publishing resources.

“Part of our mission is to really use publishing as an economic engine in our community,” said IBI
co-founder Rekhet Si-Asar.

As owners of Papyrus Publishing, Rekhet and her husband Anura have made it their duty to showcase and highlight the literary art of Minnesota’s black community. The idea for IBI came to the couple in 2015, right before the passing of legendary Saint Paul activist and artist, Robert “Bobby” Hickman. It was during the process of trying to complete his story that the literary community realized just how important it was to have the necessary resources available to gather, capture and tell stories.

“People really want to hear their stories,” said Kimberly Nightingale, executive director of the Saint Paul Almanac. “And these are stories that no one’s heard.”

In collaboration with Nightingale, the Si-Asars and other community leaders were able to secure funding to start this journey. With $90,000 of initial funding from the Minnesota Historical Society, they were able to enlist support from 21 creative consultants to hold listening sessions around the state. These sessions would serve as gauges for uncovering how to best tell these stories and as a tool for IBI to know what stories to cover next.

According to Rekhet, IBI holds annual meetings to address the topics and ideas best suited for publishing. Last year’s theme focused on the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul and its rich black history. IBI helped publish two books, “Mr. Rondo’s Spirit” by Ericka Dennis, and “Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo” by Dr. Artika Tyner, both part of The Rondo Children’s Book Series Project.

“WE HAVE TO SAVE AND CREATE SPACE TO TELL OUR STORIES”

In December of 2018, IBI received funding from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. Funding from the Foundation will go toward IBI’s Sankofa series, an anthology piece they are doing around education. The hope is that this funding will also allow them to hire on full-time staff. “We have to save and create space to tell our stories,” Rekhet said. “And we have to be able to allow experiences of people who’ve lived the stories to be the voices that we hear when the stories are told.”

She and Nightingale agree that in their 8ndings from the community, people want to have their narratives told by people who look and think like them.

“The thing we really heard was, ‘I don’t want a white person telling my story,’” said Nightingale. “That’s happened my whole life; and they’re not really saying the true story of my life or my community’s lives, I want my community to tell my story,’ and that’s really the power of In Black Ink.”

Their goal is to do away with intermediaries, providing authors of African descent in Minnesota an
outlet to get their voices heard and seen. They hope IBI will also serve as a training ground for
others who are interested in the literary arts and don’t yet have the skills. IBI wants the youth to see
the viability in literary talent and Minnesota’s black story.

The new location of In Black Ink

The new location of In Black Ink…
How two buildings aim to help black-owned businesses grow on Selby Avenue
Selby Milton Victoria Project is the product of the first commercial land trust in St. Paul.
April 1, 2019

 

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