Welcome, and thank you for subscribing to the Learn Our History project. This welcome note is designed to give you a brief introduction into who we are, what we do and what to expect from our weekly newsletters.
Learn Our History is an initiative many years in the making. It is a deep love for our community and the desire to bring about a positive change that has driven our work.
Countless black leaders have spoken about the importance of knowing our history; the self-confidence, pride and solidarity such teachings can bring are invaluable to our community. We believe wholeheartedly in the power of education, especially that of cultural education, and our ambition is to provide that in abundance. Our roadmap is long, and it starts here, today, with you.
"Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self-respect. Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
— Malcolm X
Our mission is to connect readers to the wealth of knowledge found in black history. Week by week, our newsletters look to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown.
The Learn Our History project provides a truly authentic view of world history, countering the conventional Eurocentric approach for a more balanced Afrocentric perspective. As well as teaching our readers, we hope to empower and support you in our journey to Learn Our History.
"If we are going to be masters of our destiny, we must be masters of the ideas that influence that destiny."
— John Henrik Clarke
Here at Learn Our History, we have three main aims:
To make quality black history teaching accessible to all
To create a safe environment for cultural learning and discussion
To push black history into curriculums worldwide
Our newsletters follow a simple formula, provide as much information as possible in a concise, stimulating and digestible fashion. Here is what to expect from our weekly email:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: We kick off each newsletter with a selection of key historical dates to be observed in the week ahead.
STORY OF THE WEEK: This is the bread and butter of our newsletter. Here we provide concise, well-researched historical accounts on a range of topics. We hope to teach you something you may not have known before, or at least give you a perspective you may not have considered. Each newsletter brings you an article with a focus on black history in either Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas or Europe. To commemorate Black History Month (February and October), our newsletters will feature four articles a week as an added bonus.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: We then move on to some words of wisdom from leaders past and present. Words can inspire, and we hope this section empowers you for the week ahead. We want to thank our friends over at The Black History Facts App for their support.
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Finally, we sign off with our book of the month. Each month we will be making our way through a new title, chapter by chapter. Here we hope to further expand our knowledge with a deeper dive into key black history topics. Feel free to read at your own pace; the allocated weekly chapters serve only as a guide.
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
— Marcus Garvey
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Here at Learn Our History, we are always looking for opportunities to partner up with other community projects; whether you are looking for a shout-out or a fully-fledged partnership, you can contact us here.
"There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."
— Chinua Achebe
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"It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem."
— Coretta Scott King