Celebrating Great Civilizations of Africa – NAACP and Africa-America Institute Announce Alliance

by January 17, 2018

Above image caption: (Africa-America Institute) The richest man in history was a black man. Mansa Musa had a networth of 400-500 billion dollars #BlackHistoryMonth. By the end of Mansa Musa’s reign, the Sankoré University had been converted into a fully staffed University with the largest collections of books in Africa since the Library of Alexandria. The Sankoré University was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with roughly 1,000,000 manuscripts.

Historic partnership will showcase excellence from the Diaspora and provide curriculum that celebrates the great civilizations of Africa

“It’s appropriate that on a day that we honor Dr. King and promote positive images of people of color, we announce to the world a partnership that creates a center of gravity for African Americans and all peoples of African decent in the Diaspora, with a heightened sense of civic engagement, ” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

PASADENA, Calif. – On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Africa-America Institute announced a ground breaking partnership during the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

Together, the NAACP will work with the AAI on the development and distribution of a curriculum designed to highlight the accomplishments, achievements and history of Africa and its Diaspora.

Africa-America Institute Announce Alliance

“AAI has a long history of academic exchange and educational meetings between Africa and America.  Now is an extraordinary time and opportunity to partner with the NAACP and together connect the more than 42 million Afro-descendants with the brilliance of the African history and its contribution to modern civilization,” added Kofi Appenteng, President of the Africa-America Institute.

The curriculum from the NAACP/AAI Alliance will include content such as Africa’s Great Civilizations, the critically acclaimed series by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Partners and NAACP chapters will benefit from organized screenings and lessons with an early education focus on positive identity formation and a more advanced curriculum that includes studies in social sciences.

A campaign kick-off will take place in February of 2018 as a part of Black History Month.

ABOUT THE AFRICA-AMERICA INSTITUTE (AAI): The Africa-America Institute is the premier U.S.-based international organization that works to increase the capacity of African individuals and institutions through higher education initiatives, leadership development, professional workforce training, convening activities, program implementation and management.


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