African History Classes

Designed for families, adults and young people alike, join us as we launch our new series of complimentary classes on Classical African History: What They Didn't Teach You In School. In keeping with Jaku Konbit's values of community, culture and identity, we are proud to introduce Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr. who has been teaching and publishing on subjects in African World Studies for over a decade.

Dr. Ledbetter's classes are intentionally geared to include children and youth of African and Caribbean heritage. 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. This will enhance the collective well-being of Africans from Ottawa all the way to Ouagadougou.

At the end of the series, you will:

  • Come to know key events and personalities in the ancient civilizations of Africa’s six regions (North, South, East, West, Central and the Diaspora)
  • Learn of the contributions of African women and men to global civilization
  • Reflect on the contributions of African women and men to Canadian society
  • Understand the role of environmental and material factors in shaping African world history
  • Discover and discuss the different methods Africans developed to face times of struggle
  • Be introduce to theories and method in shaping cultural identity

Here are some images from one of our sessions:

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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.