Let’s Make Black History A Team Sport

Updated: November 30, 2016

By Professor Fred Whitted


NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above is taken from the motto being used on my new business cards for the Quiz Bowl Challenge. Not every readily buys into that concept. At the same time, if they take the time to look at things, they will readily catch the vision and want to participate.


This is an idea that has bounced around in my head for many years. Finally, the right vehicle came along that could make all of this happen. This is not to say that there was a little trepidation at various points in the journey.


While talking with a friend about doing things reach young people and providing a positive impact on their lives. As the conversation continue, it became clear that something that I had done a few years ago would be a perfect fit for what she was looking for.


At the same time, the light came on relating to something that I wanted to get rolling.


When we look at things that are designed to uplift young people in the Black community, we typically look for some sort of sport activity that will challenge their minds. In the process of challenging their minds, we hope to sprinkle in a few nuggets that will catch on and stick with them.


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At the end of a certain period of time, we hope that the youngsters have gained a little something that will help them move ahead in life. Since we are talking about Black youngsters, we hope they learn enough of their history that they will still be interested in Black history next year.


So, putting great minds together, we considered using Black History as the core of the process we wanted to use. Using the concept of using teams of four to six youngsters on a team, having them work together to learn Black History.


The concept is actually quite simple. We use a core of information that we call the BHR-500. This consists of 200 figures from Black history, along with 100 Black institutions, 100 dates relevant to Black history and 100 historic terms. The young people work together to learn these as a foundation to their Black history knowledge. From there, we will and more information in the future.


An added piece that will add value to this is competition. We will offer an opportunity for young people to compete in teams against others in their age groups. The team will be patterned after the Honda All-Stars, competing in teams of four against similar teams.


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Using the BHR Black History Boot Camp Work Book as a guide, young people should be able to master most of this within 60-90 days of focused team effort. From there, they will be able to add to their knowledge base. In the process of learning Black History, the can also learn the same principles in this learning environment as are taught in football, basketball, baseball or track and field.


Also, in this process we can also expand the knowledge base on HBCUs and other aspects of the Black community. Once we are proficient where our history is concerned, then, we can extend our knowledge base into other areas. Through all of this, we can produce young people who have a firm knowledge of themselves. These young people will have a working knowledge of their ancestors dating back to the African kingdoms.


As a people we have found ways to compete at some of everything. We have football games combined with halftime shows where the bands compete. From there, we have the Fifth-Quarter where the bands compete, again. We have all sorts of games where youngsters compete. The idea here is to have them compete with their brain. In this case, they go beyond the traditional classwork.


All of this will kick off just after the Christmas holidays. Your church, fraternity or sorority, or community organization can participate in the learning process as well as the competition. Teams are by ages 9-12, 13-15 and 16-18. Teams compete with four active players, but they can have two alternates. Each team needs at least two adult mentors.


Further information is forthcoming.


NOTE: You can request information by email at blackheritagereview@yahoo.com. Information will be posted on our website at www.blackheritagereview.com.

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