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About Us

Since its earliest beginnings as a nation, American history has been taught selectively. Educational curricula have consistently avoided and misrepresented issues related to people of color. These distortions of the American experience have bred cultural intolerance, created an atmosphere of hostility toward African American people, and a total disregard for their contributions to all aspects of American life. Since the blatant omission of the extraordinary history of the African American people from American text books, African Americans, as well as other races, have not benefitted from it.  That same omission has fueled a legacy of misconceptions about African culture and mores which has caused a division among African Americans and Caucasians that continues to cast a negative shadow over these United States. The systematic avoidance of teaching an inclusive American history to all of our nation’s children has created a hole in America’s coat of armor. We lack the tools to exist in a global society without serious ethnic conflicts threatening our internal stability.

The Black Footprints Collection’s presentations bring the extraordinary history of the African American people  to the forefront.

The majority of the nation’s children are segregated along economic lines and, because people of color continue to be disproportionately represented at the lower rungs of the economic ladder, these divisions are also along racial lines. Even at schools with a mixture of ethnicities, students are segregated socially and academically. Hence, few American children have the opportunity to interact with people of various cultures whose perspectives of the world differ from their own. Schools get a poor report card in righting the situation. As our society becomes more pluralistic, American education continues to sidestep the incorporation of the full range of cultures that contributed to the making of this great country. People whose backgrounds have not prepared them to deal effectively with people of other cultures have fallen short on their abilities to interpret many of the activities occurring in their contemporary environment. When there is a lack of correct information individuals come to view each other as the cause of the nation’s problems.

The Black Footprints Collection’s presentations take the documented verbal and visual correct information to the communities.

The lack of knowledge about cultural and historical truths, conveyed at a time in a child’s life when it can have an effect, is one of the ills affecting this nation. African American children know of no history in which they can take pride. They lack relevant historical models from which to draw inspiration. They are fully primed to soak up poplar models of African American life that glorify violence, money, sex and drugs because they know of no viable alternative. Children so ill informed of significant elements of their society will be unable to make well-informed decisions as adults.

The Black Footprints’ Collection presents an array of positive role models from virtually every walk of life as alternatives to the negative elements among them.

African Americans are told of their ancestor’s enslavement and exploitation, but when it comes to the rich legacy of protests, creativity, and perseverance to rise up for change, facts become limited. The Collection fills that void and educates all age groups and all races to the aftermath of enslavement and exploitation.