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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+


Intro Unit: The Politics of Education - Enlightenment or Propaganda?

Intro Unit, Class 2: The Mis-Education of the Negro

Gil Scott Heron
"His Story"

I was wondering about our yesterdays,
and starting digging through the rubble 
and to say, at least 

somebody went through a hell of 
​a lot of trouble to make sure that when we looked things up we wouldn't fair too well, 
and that we would come up with totally unreliable 
portraits of ourselves. 
But I compiled what few facts I could, 
I mean, such as they are 
to see if we could shed a little bit of light 
and this is what I got so far:
First, white folks discovered Africa 
and they claimed it fair and square. 
Cecil Rhodes couldn't have been robbing nobody 
'cause he said there was nobody there. 
White folks brought all the civilization, 
since there wasn't none around.
They said 'how could these folks be civilized 
when you never see nobody writing nothing down?' 
And just to prove all their suspicions, 
it didn't take too long. 
They found out there were whole groups of people 
— in plain sight —
running around with no clothes on. That's right!
The women, the men, the young and old, 
righteous white folks covered their eyes.
So no time was spent considering the environment. 
Hell no! This here, this just wasn't civilized! 
And another way they knew the folks was backwards,
or at least this how we were taught 
is that 'unlike the very civilized people of Europe'
these Black groups actually fought! 
And yes, there was some 'rather crude implements' 
and yes, there was 'primitive art'
and yes they were masters of hunting and fishing
and courtesy came from the heart. 
And yes there was medicine, love and religion, 
inter-tribal communication by drum. 
But no paper and pencils and other utensils
and hell, these folks never even heard of a gun. 
So this is why the colonies came
to stabilize the land. 
Because The Dark Continent had copper and gold
and the discovers had themselves a plan. 
They would 'discover' all the places with promise. 
You didn't need no titles or deeds.
You could just appoint people to make everything legal, to sanction the trickery and greed.
And out in the bushes if the natives got restless
You could call that 'guerilla attack!'
and never have to describe that somebody finally got
wise and decided they wanted their things back.
But still we are victims of word games, 
semantics is always a bitch: places once called under-developed and 'backwards' are now called 'mineral rich.' And still it seems the game goes on 
with unity always just out of reach 
Because Libya and Egypt used to be in Africa, 
but they've been moved to the 'middle east'.
There are examples galore I assure you, 
but if interpreting was left up to me 
I'd be sure every time folks knew this version wasn't mine,  which is why it is called 'His story'. 

Video: "His story," written and performed by Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron, Biography

​Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, Allmusic wrote “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists”.



Intro Unit: Class List

INTRO UNIT: CLASS 1 - African History: The Missing Pages of World History
INTRO UNIT : CLASS 2 - The Miseducation of the Negro
INTRO UNIT: CLASS 3 - The Psychological Effects of Racism on Blacks and Whites
INTRO UNIT: CLASS 4 - The Struggle Continues...The Ongoing Battle Against Racist Propaganda In Public Schools