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The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants "Teach & Learn" Black History Curriculum​​

Specially designed for Parents, Teachers, Homeschool, or Independent Study, grades 5+

Where Black
History Lives!​

Unit 7: Post-Reconstruction (1877 – 1935)

Class 1: Mound Bayou: One of the First All-Black Towns Founded by Formerly Enslaved Blacks PART 1

Knights and Daughters of Tabor  was founded by Moses Dickson in 1872 as one of many ‘mutual aid’ organizations to help the African American community. The fraternal organization provided help to widows, established schools and ‘old folk’ homes with units throughout the United States. 
Oral History: Mound Bayou 1877 - present
Many African societies in antiquity, (and some still today) recorded their histories through oral storytelling as opposed to writing their histories down in books. Those responsible for remembering and retelling these histories are called griots in Africa. They are the historians of their communities and are held in very high esteem.

However, other African societies such as ancient Nubia and Kemet (Egypt) developed elaborate written language that they called hieroglyphs, which means "words of the Gods." This is important to note because many European scholars and historians like to claim that African people had no language until the coming of the Europeans, which is completely false. In fact, the ancient Egyptians, which were Black Africans, were the first people to develop a written language -- and paper (papyrus), which still exists today!

When studying African history it is extremely important to begin with ancient Nubia and Kemet (Egypt), which were founded approximately 6000 years ago -- over 3,000 years before ancient Greece. Racist European historians and Arab Egyptologists have tried desparetly to claim that the ancient Egyptians were not Black and that ancient Egypt developed independent of any Black African influence, which is false.
Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou founded in 1942 by the Knights and Daughters of Tabor. It was renovated in 2011.

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