AFRICAN AWARENESS & CRITICAL THINKING STUDY CLASS (AACTS)
Public Study Class
UPDATE: Due to the limitation on public gatherings in Maryland and for the safety of our members regarding COVID-19, as of April 12, 2020, and until further notice, AACTS is conducted online via Zoom. The class will be held on the same date and time, and the link invitation will be posted in the private AACTS Study Group on Facebook.
AACTS is a weekly study class to discuss and discover the truth about African history and culture. Whether it is the 25 dynasties of Kemet (Egypt) or the African revolutions in the Caribbean, this class introduces us to the rich history of Black people through a series of acclaimed books and open discussions.
Traveling from East Africa to West Africa to Asia to the Caribbean Islands, and finally to the Americas, our books tell the stories of great African nations, leaders, revolutions, and institutions across the world. We travel back in time to understand the history of our ancestors to energize our struggle today.
Our purpose is to re-Africanize people of African descent. Through discussion, we enhance our understanding of African people’s worldview, Njia Yetu (Kiswahili for “Our Way”). The class is a place to assist in the educational, cultural, spiritual, psychological, social, and character development of African people in North America.
Facilitated by Baba Imhotep Fatiu
Co-facilitated by Mama Harmonie Davis
HOW TO JOIN AACTS
Attend Orientation (Held Monthly)
We care about the growth of the people that join our class. To help you grow, we strive to understand more about your current journey. We hold a monthly online orientation for those interested in joining our study class. The orientation is held by the founder of PLM, and we introduce you to the structure and purpose of the class.
Also, we try to understand how our facilitators can best assist in your development too — what do you currently understand? What are you eager to learn more about? Don’t worry — there’s no serious pressure, no right or wrong answers here — we just want to know more about your background and how you’re currently seeing the world.
To attend the next monthly orientation, sign up below. You will be sent a Zoom link before orientation begins.
The next AACTS/PLM Orientation is Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 12pm EST.
AFRICAN GLORY: The Story Of Vanished Negro Civilizations, by J.C. DeGraft-Johnson
African Glory was first published in 1954, a time when few books on African history were written from an African perspective. In this sense, African Glory provided a bold alternative. Written as an intimate history of Africa and its ancient civilizations, the book opposed the stereotyped and often racist histories of Africa. These his-stories were seldom more than histories of European intrusion and colonization of the Mother Continent.
Born in Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast), Dr. J.C. deGraft-Johnson was fully qualifies to write this alternative history. He obtained his advance education in Great Britain receiving a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Ediburgh University. At the same time, he was thoroughly familiar with the culture and history of his motherland, having received his early education in West African schools.
Becoming a member of AACTS is the first step to becoming an official PLM member. To become a member of AACTS, you should attend classes regularly and pay monthly dues of $50.
Note: AACTS is free and open to the public. Dues are only for those that wish to take it a step further, and begin the process of becoming an official member of the organization.
If you have questions about AACTS, feel free to call Sista Nakia at 443-467-7600 or Brother Kumra at 443-431-3467.