African-American Philosophical ABC


 

African-American Philosophical ABC



Cultural Foundation Dreamweavers is currently working on a philosophical ABC book for grade school children, which showcases the quotations by heroes of the African-American community including philosophers, writers, athletes, artists and leaders. Our latest project, the African American Philosophical ABC book, is a third in a series of philosophical books for children with which we want to help promote reasoning skills and instill values in children, and teach them to respect opinions of others. Compiled in the African American Philosophical ABC book are statements by Arthur Ashe, Ralph Bunche, Ray Charles, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Louis Farrakhan, Marcus Garvey, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Huey Newton, Barack Obama, Ptahhotep, Bayard Rustin, Albert Schweitzer, Desmond Tutu, Usher, Denmark Vesey, Stevie Wonder and Malcolm X. Their quotations will be vocalized by a singer and set to different musical genres ranging from ragtime, jazz and blues to big band, Motown and musicals. Each philosophical quote is matched with an image of a painting. In addition to 26 different artists whose artworks will illustrate the quotations, this project involves a large team of contributors - a graphic designer, several writers, musicians, singers and recording engineers. We hope you will consider getting involved as a sponsor, writer or advisor in our creative project to help develop cognitive skills in children and inspire them with thoughts of great personalities of African American origin.

A ‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.’
Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993)
Artist: Frédéric Bazille 1841 –1870




B ‘Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.’
Ralph Bunche (1903 - 1971)
Artist: April Harrison (contemporary)



C ‘You better live every day like your last because one day you’re going to be right.’
Ray Charles (1930 – 2004)
Artist: Arthur Thiele (1860 – 1936)


D ‘The soul that is within me, no one can degrade.’
Frederick Douglass (1818 –1895)
Artist: Unknown artist ‘Black Madonna’, postage stamp



and so on till Z

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