Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is one of the best in the business, but I am actually a bit bewildered. How can this one Brother have so many books, gems in fact, that could immediately aid in the survival and uplift of people of African descent, but are so rarely used? I am confused. He embraces Maat, he embraces Christianity. He has found a way to extract the best of them both. In his book Sankofa: Stories of Power, Hope, and Joy, he invites writers and inspirational figures from all sorts of religious and spiritual backgrounds to offer anecdotes of salvation, freedom and love. For some reason however, Dr. Kunjufu is not often celebrated or at the very least used in conversations and plans!
Thanks to my wonderful friend Ayanna, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing workshop with Dr. Kunjufu at the Kenneth Clements School for Boys. It was powerful and I believe that everyone in the workshop left feeling motivated, educated, and determined to have a good school year. Dr. Kunjufu made some poignant remarks about the state of the Black America, the disconnect of educational institutions from reality and even pointed out the ridiculous environment in which the children to have to come to school. Look at the buildings surrounding the school…
Pretty ridiculous, right? Well, this is “our” country. Dr. Kunjufu asked, “How can you possibly let your students walk past this every day to come to school?” Of course, there were no answers. Our children deserve better than this.
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has over 60 books published and ready for use. These are few of my favorites.