The Importance of Black History, what the textbooks don’t tell you in grade school…

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Have you heard of the Igbo Landing before? This is part of Black History in America.

“The water brought us here and the water will take us home”

Igbo Landing (alternatively written as Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing) is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. It was the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captive Igbo people who had taken control of their slave ship and refused to submit to slavery in the United States. The event’s moral value as a story of resistance towards slavery has symbolic importance in African American folklore and literary history.

One of the Tribal Groups in Nigeria is the Igbos (Ibos). One of the major languages in Nigeria is Ibo language, spoken majorly by the Igbos (Ibos).

Igbo Landing

Some people in America are in denial of the historic event that took place on St. Simon Island, Glynn County in Georgia. Such people view the mass suicide of Igbo people from Nigeria as a myth.

Actor Michael B Jordan I the Marvel Comic Film, Black Panther made this statement: ”Bury me in the Ocean with my ancestors, who jumped from ships, cause they knew death was better than bondage” I reference to the Igbo Landing Legend.

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect and appreciate different aspects of the history of black people in America. In 2019, I had the opportunity to be with two of the original Freedom Writers on Cypress CollegCampus. We get active with Black Lives matter Events and promote the principles of the group.

It is better to start the educating at the elementary schools’ level that not to teach the full and complete history of Black people in America at all. We all can do a better job of this.

Freedom Writers with FolaSo, to this end annually,
The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools invites a brilliant collective of educators and activists to bring you lessons and resource lists for every grade level that relate to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter. Here is the 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide–free, downloadable activities, resources, and actions to challenge racism, oppression and build justice-centered classrooms. Enjoy!

~Fola Odebunmi, CCA Treasurer, February 2020