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National Championship! Want Some of This?

College admissions want to know what national championships your child has  won! Your child needs to know how they stack up, not just on a paper and pencil test, but in face-2-face state-wide and national competition in areas they love and in which they are strong. Our students are active ACTSO participants and very often state and national champions.  We're small, mobile and powerful! Ife Madzimoyo national champion as an AYA Junior! Each student is assigned an ACT-SO coach by the end of September, so they'll be ready to compete in the Winter and Spring. What is ACT-SO? The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young pe

Why Are These Adults Studying?

Why are these adults learning? Why is Septima Clarke teaching? Aren't they "over the hill?" Aren't they too busy, too tired, or just too old? Don't they know everything they need to know by now? The answer is simple. They weren't satisfied with the restrictions White people and White racism placed on them and their children. The wanted what they called "Freedom." They weren't learning to read so they could get awards at the annual Governor's banquet. They were learning to read, so they could read the Mississippi Constitution, so they could register to vote, so they could get the Governor and White people's foot off of our backs. Is "Freedom" enough for you? If so, then you'll join this elite crew who did what they had to do for us to see a brighter day. If so, enroll in AYA's Weekend Academy for our Trayvon Martin Curriculum. It features courses like: Following Ariminta (Harriet Tubman) like you've

Becoming Unjust?

A FB friend posted: "Truth: When we become unjust, while experiencing injustice, we are showing ourselves to be unworthy of what God would grant to us." Wekesa Responded: True - only if we define unjust and define and name God out of our story and our highest aspirations. Our current moral code - injected by the  oppressor - has us more concerned about becoming them than stopping them from murdering our children and turning us into thugs and pole dancers.  Morality and justice is contextual. If we use the same moral compass when dealing with those that oppress us and those with whom we choose to build, we will remain the hunted, the  servants, the playthings of the oppressors.  We will remain alienated from our deep spiritual selves that can again be a light unto the world.

AYA Weekend Academy 2013-2014

AYA Weekend School  Learn More @ our open house on Sunday 8PM Eastern: Login and Phone info here: Saturday Courses  Starting September, 7th Justice For Trayvon: (Each of the courses in this section is designed to help our students and adults process and recover from the pain of oppression heightened by recent verdict in the Zimmerman murder trial This course along with Where My Voice Begins for Youth and Warriors-Healers-Builders for adults provide an excellent psychological, historical, and communicative context and tool-set to help adults and youth generate a warrior-healer-builder response that facilitates academic achievement and social responsibility.)  Ayati (Haiti) From the Bottom  (Ayinde Madzimoyo, Instructor) We Will Shoot Back (Wekesa O. Madzimoyo, Instructor) Following Araminta (Harriet Tubman) Instructor - Wekesa O. Madzimoyo Creative: The Ancestor's Breath: Introductory Twi Drawing From The Soul (Brother Man) T