Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized.
By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.
King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised speech on the theme of "I have a dream", possibly prompted by Mahalia Jackson's cry, "Tell them about the dream, Martin."
The Center of African American Art and History started with a dream of an eleven year old African American girl who wanted to see more African American culture in her community.
Today her dream to educate, inspire and inform not just children here in Holland Michigan, but throughout America and unborn generations.
Docent Training AcademY
The Center of African American Docent Training Academy is an intense four week program in a college designed to address the academic, cultural, career, and social needs of African American high school and middle school students. This academy is crafted in a cultural framework for the purpose of connecting African American and Multi-Cultural students of African descent with the history, traditions, literature and folklore of African people in western civilization. It is also designed to build a foundation of positive self-image and self-esteem for young adults.
The Center of African American Art and History Academy will provide academic and cultural enrichment experiences and opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12. 2012 will marked the first year of operation for this program. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM
K-3 educational reading program
This language arts unit allows students k-3 to analyze African folk tales about Anansi the spider. Students will use the tales as springboards to study story elements and writing techniques. Various skills, such as sequencing, identifying main idea, characterization and writing will be utilized to help students improve their reading and writing skills.
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