Now that I am sharing what was only 8 months ago an idea that came to me in a moment of deep reflection, anger and resolve to DO SOMETHING, I want to tell you how I got here. It took me back to a series of moments at Brown University when I was reading Francis Cress-Welsing for the first time, listening to Kwame Toure speak on campus, and deciding to join the All-African People‘s Revolutionary Party. These encounters inspired me and led me to a vision. I had a vision that we could teach people to understand racism as it unfolded in America using courses, speeches and lived experiences that make it plain - and that it could be done from a sense of pride and commitment to Sankofa (the African tradition of going back to our history, culture, roots and core values to move forward). Over the last 30 years, I have tried to offer a way… to teachers, families and youth development professionals. Whether it was an independent school, the song ABC’s of Unity for young learners (Thank you, Dr. Asantewaa Sunni-Ali), SETCLAE for teachers (Thank you, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu), a framework for a liberatory pedagogy for educators (Thank you, Rosalynne Duff) or an Equity Facilitation Fellowship within a teacher residency (Thank you, CREATE).
The series of racist events in May of 2020 drew so many of us to search for new solutions, to the removal of all fears, to say the damn thing no matter who was in the room - in fact, to make sure the people who need to hear it most are in the room - to write new books and post powerful truths. For me, that was Listening 4 Justice. I had no idea when I asked people to join me for the pilot of this eight-week experience two hours a week that 50 of us would come to look forward to Tuesday night. Where the learning was sometimes painful and the opportunity to deeply listening was healing. A small mighty 20 of us would continue to connect weekly and learn together and we are crafting ways to smash the damn thing and co-construct something new, something life-affirming, something that offers a way to heal. Across cultures and continents, we are rising to the challenge. Whether you have found your way or all still searching for a way to contribute to the dismantling of racism and the building of communities of action and criticality. We invite you to experience deep listening with us. The outcomes are unforgettable and its impact long-lasting.
~ Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams
How you can join the experience
Saturday, March 27th Noon EST – Listening 4 Justice Informational(come learn more and get your questions answered) [Join]
Weekly on Saturdays from 12:00 PM EST to 2:00 PM EST beginning April 3rd [Register]
Gathering #1 - “Race is all in your head”
Gathering #2 - “Who am I? - Identity matters”
Gathering #3 - “Fight the Power!”
Gathering #4 - “Internalizing Love”
Gathering #5 - “How can we all just get along?”
Gathering #6 - “The System”
Gathering #7 - “What is mine to do?”
CELEBRATING PAT PRESCOTT
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
This Women's History Month we celebrate, Pat Prescott, radio personality, mentor, and big sister of HTI's CEO, Folami Prescott Adams.
Pat Prescott has soared as a radio personality from her start in New Orleans (WYLD-FM) to NYC, WBLS-FM, WRVR-FM and finally CD-101.9 before going off to LA and partnering with Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, and countless guests as a consistent voice of 94.7 The WAVE-FM.
Pat Prescott mentors and donates her time, talent, and treasures to good causes and makes friends wherever she goes. And now, Pat has joined forces with her younger sis as justice warriors together listening, learning, and leading 4 justice.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT - CREATE
This month we spotlight CREATE, a teacher residency program that is building and nurturing a thriving community of educators committed to practices of teaching that prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities.
CREATE was one of HTI's first partners, initially bringing on Chief Catalyst and CEO Folami Prescott-Adams to support new educators. Since 2015, HTI Catalysts has aided CREATE with its mission and in its five years in existence, CREATE has seen nearly 100% retention of its African-American alumni teaching in APS or surrounding districts… We are so proud to work with the team at CREATE and want to take this time to acknowledge their work and the Executive Director, Elizabeth Hearn.
Gina Glymph is the Lead Catalyst of the team that works with CREATE. She has served in the world of early childhood education in varying capacities for over 25 years and is a strong advocate of education. She has developed a professional brand rooted in her passion for positive early learning outcomes for all Georgians.
Gina believes that fostering the love for learning, involving parents and creating opportunities for positive social interaction are germane to developing children who are ready to enter Kindergarten and to becoming life-long learners.
HTI Catalysts utilizes facilitated experiences to shift leaders and communities towards equity and shared visioning that impact change. Our three areas of specialty include Advancing Equity, Youth Development and Education Transformation.
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