Depiction of the Amistad Rebellion, June 28, 1839
Mural by Hale Woodruff
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglas
E. Davis, Assemblyman Keith Wright, L. Pass
Amistad Watch was formed to monitor the progress of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, Article 57B (57.51-57.54), Amistad Commission, Bill A6362, legislated by Assemblymen, Keith Wright and Tom Alfano, in 2005.
This is in response to concerns about large percentages of inner-city youths who have no grounding in a narrative that remotely explains how they arrived at the present nor does the narrative embrace them as part of the fabric of the American story. This is evidenced by their behaviors and lack of direction.
This lack of knowledge has emboldened them to find identities in apocryphal representations of what it means to be productive and successful citizenry.
Instead, the entertainment industry fills this void by providing a false sense of reality that has devastating effects on youths and the community.
By implementing something as simple as teaching the 'complete' American story, we can undo some of the negative self-esteem issues facing children of color. It's an holistic approach to an internecine trend.
This can be achieved by implementing the legislation set forth making a difference in the lives of children, and the community.
Film Project: "The Impact of Knowledge," is a compilation of 'live' testimonials establishing the need and desire to incorporate the African American experience into the American History curriculum of our schools.