We Hold These Truths to beSelf-Evident
Issues in African-American Education


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Type your answers for the questions below into the answer template (download and open file "ansafr.txt" with any word processor or text editor).

  1. As you explore the site, What is Kwanzaa?, reflect upon and respond to the following questions:
    • What is the basic premise of the Kawaida Theory? Would you tend to agree with this premise? Why? Why not?
    • Select 3 of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) and discuss their relationship to the values we wish to teach all children.
    • What is the origin of the red, black and green flag?
    • Give 3 specific examples of ways that some or all of the principles of Kwanzaa might be incorporated into a classroom/school environment?
  2. Move through African-American Holocaust with your heart, but also respond to the following questions:
    1. WARNING: This site contains vivid photographs of African-American persecution in this country within this century.
    • As you view the pictures and read the definition of a lynching, think about the fact that these people (Black and white) were contemporaries of our grandparents and great-grandparents. How could this happen a full 50 years after slavery was abolished in this country?
    • Explain what Dr. John Henrik Clarke meant at the beginning of this site when he wrote: "All history is a current event."
  3. Read Maya Angelou's Inaugural Poem. How does she express the hope and spirit found in the principles of Kwanzaa while also reflecting the pain and anguish of the African-American Holocaust site? Give at least three examples.

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Written by Dr. Carla Mathison (cmathiso@mail.sdsu.edu) and Dr.Cathy Pohan
URL: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/cmathison/truths/truths.html
Last Update November 2002
WebQuest concept by Dr. Bernie Dodge