Pasadena, CA (January 15, 2018) – On Monday, January 15, 2018, the holiday
marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP and the
Africa-America Institute announced a ground breaking partnership during the 49th NAACP Image Awards.
The NAACP will work with the AAI on the
development and distribution of a curriculum designed to highlight the
accomplishments, achievements and history of Africa and its Diaspora.
appropriate that on a day that we honor Dr. King and promote positive images of
people of color, we announce to the world a partnership that creates a
center of gravity for African Americans and all peoples of African decent
in the Diaspora, with a heightened sense of civic
engagement, " said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the
“AAI has a long history of academic exchange and
educational meetings between Africa and America. Now is an extraordinary
time and opportunity to partner with the NAACP and together connect the more
than 42 million Afro-descendants with the brilliance of the African history and
its contribution to modern civilization,” added Kofi Appenteng, President of
the Africa-America Institute.
The curriculum from the NAACP/AAI Alliance will
include content such as Africa’s Great Civilizations, the critically acclaimed
series by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Partners and NAACP chapters
will benefit from organized screenings and lessons with an early education
focus on positive identity formation and a more advanced curriculum that
includes studies in social sciences.
A campaign kick-off will take place in
February of 2018 as a part of Black History Month.
AFRICA-AMERICA INSTITUTE (AAI): The
Africa-America Institute is the premier U.S.-based international organization
that works to increase the capacity of African individuals and institutions
through higher education initiatives, leadership development, professional
workforce training, convening activities, program implementation and management.