Social Studies

Power of Questions and Courage to Speak up! Unbought and Unbossed by S. Chisholm

Students will write a reinvention one-page autobiography using US first Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm book "Unbought and Unbossed" life experiences as a template.
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Having earned a Master in Security Policy & Law and Society, my studies included courses on racism, narratives of diverse cultures, law and justice, mediating history, and political advocacy. In the class - Race Issues in Justice, I explored the history of slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and desegregation within the context of how race is framed and perceived within the American justice system. My studies reinforced the importance of history as a problem-solving tool to solve present-day conflicts.  

As an educator, I've worked in over 120 public schools from Pre K - Grade 12. Explicitly, I have taught and addressed questions from elementary and middle school students on African American history, the Civil Rights Movement, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions. 

My extensive community involvement includes the production of the Musical "Martin and You," which celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and was performed at Howard University. Other activities included visiting the Douglass Cedar Hill estate in Anacostia, Washington D.C. 

In addition to attending the July 4 celebration of Darius Wallace reenactment of Frederick Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" and Martin Luther King Jr. "God is Marching On!" I have also presented speeches about Martin Luther King Jr. at Toastmasters Clubs. Also, I have attended the House Judiciary Subcommittee Juneteenth Congressional H.R. 40 Hearing - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposal for African-Americans Act by the 116 the Congress.
Read "Unbought and Unbossed" by Shirley Chisholm, Part III Speaking Out - Chapter (9-16)

“Political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power. Their first rule is “don’t rock the boat.” If someone makes trouble and you can get him, do it. If you can’t get him, bring him in. Give him some of the action, let him have a taste of power. Power is all anyone wants, and if he has a promise of it as a reward for being good, he’ll be good. Anyone who does not play by those rules is incomprehensible to most politicians.” - Shirley Chisholm, Unbought And Unbossed
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A pen and writing paper.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The reality of the African American experience involves ruthless behaviors by their oppressors, historically and presently. However, I have a unique teaching style to make very sensitive information accessible to students through everyday encounters.

For parents/guardians registering their child for this course, I request that you read T.K. Thorne’s article: - “Breaking the Code of Silence” and discuss applicable parts with your child

T.K. Thorne is an author and a retired police captain. I met her at Colgate University, where she was promoting her book “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers.”,-Shirley-Anita-(C000371)/


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I am a native of Guyana, an oil-producing country in the Amazon basin with a dual Caribbean and South American identity. My Guyanese identity and CLASS training (a quality measurement assessment examining teacher/student interaction) contribute to... 
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