Monday, October 8, 2018

AYA's Melanin Mastery Cohorts Forming

AYA Parents, I sent this out last Saturday. The response has been overwhelming. Here are some of the responses:

If you are a parent of an AYA High School student, please read this carefully and we need you to participate in the cohorts that are forming. Also, please spread the word. We have 10 students enrolled in the class, and we want 10 cohorts nationally. Given the response so far, we may have to extend that! 

Please plan to attend the organizational meeting on Sunday the 14th!
Please talk to your Black Body Bio-Khem students about it. Big them up. This is a national STEM academic movement and they are at the center of it!
Here's the video: 
Here's the web:
Here's the letter that went out:

Please pass them on.

On Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 12:08 PM Wekesa Madzimoyo <> wrote:
AYA Family and Friends,

AYA Educational Institute needs your help with a school-community STEM project that we call Melanin Mastery! We are forming 10 of these MM cohorts around the country. Will you join us? Your organization can even sponsor one of the cohorts! There are many ways to get involved. Attend our organization - informational meeting on online  - Oct. 14th. See info below.

  • If you are a parent of a middle or high school Afrikan, Afrikan Diasporian, Afrikan-American student, we need you. 
  • If you are an Afrikan or Afrikan American interested in learning and sharing about melanin, we need you. 
  • Lastly, if you are a science teacher, professor, student, or science enthusiast interested in learning and sharing about melanin, then we need you. 

Each cohort will consist of each of these categories plus an AYA high school student taking the Black Body Bio-Khem class

Your mission, should you decide to accept it will be:

1. To take an assigned or chosen claim about melanin and to research them together so that the cohort can support that claim with evidence - biological and khemical evidence

2. To meet one weekly via web-conference to share your questions and discoveries about melanin generally and the claim your group is researching

3. To teach each others - in and out of the cohort - what you are learning

4. To prepare for your cohort's community presentations 

Learn More @ BBBK - Melanin Mastery

This MM cohort is a part of AYA's Black Body Bio-Khem educational process. Here's more:

In the high school course Black Body BioKhem we use Melanin (primarily) to introduce and - in some cases deepen -  students' biology and khemistry studies. We seek to do a number of things:

1. Create a portal to those sciences instead of blocks that are created by the current science instruction.

2. Establish in student's minds and experience that science is for the service of our people (Afrikan) people first and the world after that.

3. To demonstrate how academic attentionretention, and research is increased when students engage the subject matter (biology and khemistry - in this case) as a vehicle of healing from the wounds of oppression and as a tool for challenging oppression

4. To develop school-community learning cohorts so that high school students get to experience the community  (not just "schools") as a serious multi-generational learning space.

5. To help us (Afrikan parents and communities) regain faith in our ability to educate our own children! 

C18-H10-N2-O4 is a powerful formula for healing in our bodies and our minds. We need to deepen our knowledge of it - what it is and what it isn't - so that we can protect it and nurture it. Cliche's, slogans, T-shirts, Memes, even errant claims can be a pathway to the scientific inquiry yielding greater understanding and commitment to our community becoming the scientists we need to be.

It's a wonderful story. Come, help us weave it and tell it! Please share this email.

Attend our  Melanin Mastery Cohort Online Organizing Meeting. 
Sunday, Oct. 14th at 6pm Eastern  | WEB: 
Telephone: 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 243 290 519

Joy, Peace, Power!

Wekesa Olatunji Madzimoyo
mobile: 404-780-6170 | phone: 404-201-2356
email: website:
|  zoom: address: United States

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Airborne: Stuckey - The Scholar-Warrior

Mo! to a Black Scholar with a Black Mission!

The first time I'd ever got on a plane was to go to a lecture by this giant of a man. I didn't know who he was; I was sent to represent his friend and protege, Dr. (Sister) Sonja Hayes Stone, who was chair of the newly forming African and African Studies Program (AAS) that would become a department at UNC-CH.

Sonja Hayes Stone
When I showed pictures from my trip which included pictures of clouds under the wing of the plane. She said: "That was your first flight, huh?" She laughed. Then we got down to what I learned from Stuckey. She told me stories of their work together in Chicago. I became a Stuckey-ite for life. I threw myself into understanding the National Negro Convention Movement and Black Nationalism of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Years before, my mother had moved me away from the New York just before my teenage years where I would have been engaged with the burgeoning cultural nationalist movements in NY like The East or the NOI, or the Panthers. Winston-Salem had significant and relatively little Black Panther Party activity. Fayetteville, NC - where I turned 15 years old - had none.

It was a military town known to insiders as "Fayette-Nam." Nelson Johnson and SOBU reached us from Greensboro via the Fayetteville State University chapter of the Student Organization for Black Unity (SOBU). From them, our newly formed high school movement learned about Malcolm X Liberation University in Durham, NC. I celebration of Malcolm and in protest against our racist high school - Terry Sanford, Ron George, Jabulani (Larry William) and I skipped school to find Malcolm X Liberation University. My '64 Pontiac Star Chief was more than up to the task. Unfortunately, we were a little late. The University had closed its doors.

A few years later I was to get reconnected to the precursors to the power Black Power and Black Nationalist movements through the seminal work of Brother Sterling Stuckey. At the otherwise boring historical presentation, I was riveted to his every word. His portrayal of H.H. Garnet, David Walker, Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell ushed me into a world of Black nationalist ideology that I couldn't have imaged. It also corrected a major misconception - that because our times were "modern," we were more advanced.

Not! The clarity and courage of these 19th Century brothers and sisters were instructive and humbling.

While my formal academic work at UNC-CH was under the auspices of the Speech-Communications Dept, I was working as the first graduate student assistant under Sonja in AAS. It was perfect. My focus in Speech-Communication was attitude development and change; in AAS it was OurStory. This is the combination that guides my work today. The first course that I taught as a graduate student in AAS was based on the Stuckey's dissertation - The Ideological Origins of Black Nationalism. The course shared the title. Today, AYA (www.AYAED.COM) youth and adults learn about his works through courses like "Economic Conundrum" where we use his book "Slave Culture."

To Sister Sonja and Brother Sterling Stuckey I'm forever indebted. I pay that debt the only way I know how - by living out and passing on their works, discoveries, insights, and love for our people and African redemption.

Travel well, my brother, travel well.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

AYA Launches its Preparatory Academy to Serve 8 - 10 Year-Olds

Over the years I invariably got the question, "Can we try our 9-year-old in AYA?"  Most often those nine-year-olds have been ready for AYA's regular middle school section.  Especially with AYA's formula of high nurturance and high expectation, the nine-years olds stepped up and did us all proud.

From time to time our nine-year-olds need a little more support than they can easily get in the middle school section.  At AYA, the teacher is always teaching via live instruction.  They also can use more time getting acclimated to a web-based instruction program. In the AYA Preparatory Academy, they can get a little more direction and support.

If you have that eight to ten-year-old that could benefit from an African-centered, rigorous, nurturing and supportive educational environment, please reach out to us today.

Fortunately, we can offer you a free trial of a day to see how he/she does.  We also can start students out in our regular middle school section and take them to the AYA Preparatory side, if more support is needed.

If you would like to explore more, schedule to speak with Afiya today. 404-532-9958;

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

AYA Preparatory Academy Opens

Come and meet Mama Kiya Green of Trenton, NJ and Mama Sherrie Muhammad of Lexington, Kentucky, the two AYA teachers who will hold down the AYA Prep Academy.

Sunday, August 5th 8:00 PM

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Meeting ID: 404 292 9002
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Join us won't you, 
Afiya and Wekesa Madzimoyo

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mama Evelyn Duduyemi joins us for AYA OPEN HOUSE tonight re: SANKOFA MATH PROGRAM

So grateful that Mama Evelyn Duduyemi of Kibolebole Educational Institute will join us tonight for our ongoing OPEN HOUSE every Sunday @ 8 PM EST.

Mama Evelyn will tell the story as to why we started the SANKOFA MATH program and give us a progress report as to how well our students are doing with it.

Join in.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
    Meeting ID: 404 292 9002

We look forward to seeing you there. 

AYA Full-Day School OPEN HOUSE Every Sunday, 8 PM EST

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Ongoing AYA ONLINE OPEN House Every Sunday, 8 PM EST

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Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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    Meeting ID: 404 292 9002

Join us won't you and see what embracing our Africanness and educational excellence looks like.

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