For Tuesday 10/1: Guest speakers on youth rites of passage programs

For Tuesday 10/1, we’ll have some guest speakers who will focus on their experiences working with Black children and their experiences with youth Rites of Passage programs. Class will meet in our normal room at Lehman (Carman 331) and at the usual time: 6:30.

To prepare for the speakers, please read the PDFs of 2 chapters (on the Readings page) from Nsenga Warfield-Coppock’s workbook for Afrocentric youth rites of passage programs. Also bring your copy of the current Amsterdam News in case we want to refer to it.

Guest Speakers

mut_dutMdut (pronounced “Medewtwy) SeshrAnkh is a lecturer on ancient African history and religions/spiritual systems. He had been taught at the feet of one our historical greats, Dr. Yosef ben Yochannen (affectionately referred to as “Dr. Ben”). Mdut has also studied one of our most ancient languages – Mdw Ntcher (pronounced “Medew Netcher” and renamed “hieroglyphics” by the Greeks) and our original history by other great cultural teachers in our community. Mdut has traveled to various countries on the African continent since 8 years of age, as well as through Europe, parts of Asia, and the Caribbean. Mdut can be referred to as a “Jolly” in the truest form of sharing “Ourstory” in the way our ancestors used to. His presentations are primarily interactive and in story form. His theme is “power is knowledge.” Our community has been so divided by “misinformation,” and the truth shall unite and empower us as a whole.

karen_drakefordKaren C.W. Drakeford LCSW, APP – (aka Mut Nfrt Ka Raet, or Nfr KaRa for short. Translated: the deep mothering energy from within that emanates goodness from the enlightened spirit) received her undergraduate degree in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and her masters in social work from Hunter College in New York City. She is also certified in hypnotherapy, play therapy, polarity and wholistic consultations. Karen Drakeford has trained with holistic experts such as Dr. Llaila Afrika, Dr. John Beaulieu and Queen Afua.

Ms. Drakeford’s world travels and studies have allowed her to infuse sensitivity to a diverse spectrum of cultures. She has worked as a clinical social worker in the New York City Public Schools for more than twenty years and maintains a private practice in which she works with children, adults, couples and families. Her practice infuses a variety of traditional and holistic approaches.

Mr. Enpumes Ankhmeni.IMG_3088 (1), Founder and Managing Director of Moja World Travellers, is a photographer and educator. He has photographed images in Afrika and the Diaspora for seven years.

Moja World Travellers is the youth arm of The Africa Group World Travellers, founded by his mother, Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko (Dr. Beryl Dorsett), a retired Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Brooklyn, New York and former Assistant Secretary of Education US Dept of Education. Mr. Ankhmeni has traveled with The Africa Group World Travellers/Moja World Travellers, to Kemet (Egypt), China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Ethiopia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Spain, and Brasil.

Mr. Ankhmeni is a Mathematics Coach (Teacher Trainer) and a science teacher with the New York City Department of Education. He holds a BS Degree in Computer Graphics from UMASS, MA in Science (Secondary Education) from The City College of NY and a MS Ed (Master of Science in Education) in Supervision and Administration from Fordham University. Mr. Ankhmeni holds the title of Mwalimu completing leadership training in the Afrikan Leadership Training Retreat (ALTR), a 12 year process, given by the Ankobea Society. He also holds the title of Mfundi, equivalent to 3 Degree Black Belt, in Kupigana Ngumi Afrikan Martial Arts.

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