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Assimilating Black children in the U.S.

Alton H.Maddox | , Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:35 p.m.

Blacks who advocate equal funding for Black children have no knowledge of the purpose of education. Throwing more money at public education, controlled by whites, is like throwing kerosene at a burning fire. Many Black children are resisting a forced, public education even if the alternative is prison.

Given the history of racial oppression in this country, a Black child should be constitutionally entitled to a customized education. Black children have special needs that have arisen from racial oppression. Public education will not do the trick. In addition, charter

schools are like wolves in sheep's clothing. This is a rehash of the "talented tenth."

Both Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey served apprenticeships. The same can be said for Robert Morris Jr., Aaron Alpeoria Bradley and Scipio Africanus Jones. All of these revered ancestors were also committed to self-study. We must look to the past to fashion an educational paradigm for the future.In the meantime, Blacks must put an end to mayoral control.

June 3 :UAM Weekly Forum at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Take the "C" train to Franklin Avenue. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free. June 20: Dinner-dance for Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem from 9 p.m. There will be a sumptuous buffet, live music featuring vocalist Ann Sinclair and the Cotton Club All-Stars, door prizes, a raffle drawing and more to help Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls.

July 5-August 1: Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls for children ages 7-15 in the Catskill Mountains. This is the only African-centered, sleep-away, summer retreat in the nation. It offers many activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, sports, field trips, fishing, archery, African history and culture, legal advocacy, mock trials, skating, martial arts, exploration of the Underground Railroad and more. Call UAM at (718) 834-9034 for further information.

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