African History Classes

In keeping with Jaku Konbit's values of community, culture and identity, we are proud to have our complimentary African history classes taught by Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr., who has been teaching and publishing on subjects in African World Studies for over a decade.

Designed for adults and young people alike, Dr. Ledbetter's classes are free and open to all-ages. Each eight-week course will be interactive using readings, lectures, discussions and audio/visual materials. Classes will be led in a way that allow you to look to the past and consider the connections between the historical experiences and intellectual thought of peoples of African descent.

Join us as we launch our third series of history classes. This series picks up from the first (Summer 2018) on “Classical African History”. Part 2 of the course has its beginnings in the 8th Century C.E. all the way to the Battle of Adowa in 1896. All reading materials will be provided and the course will utilize a combination of interactive lectures as well as online learning.

Here are some images from one of our sessions:

At the end of the series, you will:

  • Learn of the rise of large and small polities including the empires of the Western Sudan (Ghana, Mali, Songhay), the Swahili city states, the Era of Princes in Ethiopia and the Zulu Empire;
  • Explore the cultural similarities throughout the continent including the position of Queen Mother and the use of oral history
  • Review the onset of the colonial interruption and the development of African societies in the Americas

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Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr. is an alumnus of Lincoln University and received his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in 2013. He earned a second Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. He has taught in a private K-12 African-centered school in Philadelphia as well as at several colleges and universities in the U.S. including: Temple University, Lincoln University, and Cheyney University (the latter two are both historically Black universities).

In addition to co-editing the book Contemporary Critical Thought in Africology and Africana Studies with Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Dr. Ledbetter has also published articles on Malcolm X as well as various topics concerning human and peoples’ rights in the African world.

Introduce your family to history and culture.