Program ends with trip to Kemet (Egypt) for select scholars
Once again Dayton, Ohio’s Racial Justice NOW! uses its national network to benefit Black families at home. Through its youth division, the West Dayton Youth Task Force, RJN! has become the 8th chapter to host the Browder Scholars Program named after cultural historian, Anthony T. Browder. Through his relationship with master teacher Debra Watkins, the Executive Director of A Black Education Network headquartered in California RJN!, is set to have 40 Dayton high school students have a cultural experience like no other.
Anthony T. Browder is an author, publisher, cultural historian, artist, and an educational consultant. He is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Japan and Europe, on issues related to African and African American History and Culture. He has traveled to Egypt 54 times since 1980 and is currently director of the ASA Restoration Project, which is funding the excavation and restoration of the 25thdynasty tomb of Karakhamun in Luxor, Egypt. He is the author of six publications (including the best sellers, From the Browder File and Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization) and the co-author of six publications, including two written with his now 35 year-old daughter, Atlantis Tye. Read full Bio at IKGresourcecenter.com
For the last three years, Tony Browder has been teaching students in San Jose, California, on a monthly basis using his books, Survival Strategies for Africans in America: 13 Steps to Freedom and From the Browder File. While on Tony’s 22nd study tour to Egypt in August 2017, a great deal of interest was generated about replicating some aspects of the San Jose model in other parts of the United States. Tony and Debra decided to create a model and share it in 10 cities.
Anthony Browder’s work is known far and wide and highly regarded among the hip-hop community. While in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the Dignity in Schools Campaign National Week of Action and the Community for Just Schools Fund launch of a national conversation on race, award winning rap artist and producer David Banner shared how Browder’s book changed his life.
“Banner: The book that opened my eyes was a book called From the Browder File by Anthony Browder. I actually stole Browder’s book. My cousin had the book and he stole something from me. So when he went to work, I stole the book from him. I used to go to sleep with From The Browder File in my hands. That was the first book that I read from cover to cover. I didn’t put the book down.
A lot of books have complex words which make them hard to comprehend, especially for people who haven’t been reading or aren’t comfortable with trying to read an entire book. The thing that I like about From the Browder File is that Tony made it comfortable and simple to read. Also, he uses issues and situations that we deal with right now. A lot of times, that’s the disconnect with the church. Everything is in the past. We are dealing with modern racism right now. We need to know how to apply information to help us deal with the issues that we are facing today.”
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The Browder Scholars program will begin in January 2018 and continue through June and begin again the following school year for a select group who did exceptionally well in that six month period. The 40 Dayton students chosen will be freshmen and sophomores. To get information about enrolling a student into the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-319-1671.