Motherless Child at The Academy of Classical Studies

I really enjoyed my time talking about the Black Classical Tradition at the Academy for Classical Studies in Oklahoma!  Being able to sing Motherless Child in this beautiful old Baptist church as I recounted the pain of my ancestors was my way of demonstrating the despair they felt. Classics were a lifeline from that despair because when they were being treated as nothing more than livestock, as Douglass said, the words of classical texts spoke light and hope into their souls. To not understand this part of Black history is to have an incomplete understanding of the history of Black education and Black History overall.

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