Thursday, July 23, 2009

CNN's Black in America 2

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela

The first part of CNN's Black in America 2 with Soledad O'Brien was quite refreshing. Specifically the Journey for Change segment on Malaak Compton-Rock's efforts to reach out to teenagers at a school in Bushwick, Brooklyn, teach them, and take them out of their comfort zones to South Africa, where they volunteered with HIV-infected adults, and worked with orphans.

The 12 to 13 kids selected were documented sharing their experiences on being there and what it meant for them.

See that video here.

The best thing that I witnessed was how, in Malaak Compton-Rock's words, the children were becoming "global citizens". Her mission was to teach them to become well aware of the world that we are living in, the importance of giving back to their communities, and how they can apply those attitudes in the development of their future.
I think it was a success.

1 comment:

Unbreakable said...

At missed it and I am pissed however I saw that snippet, on CNN in the morning.
I have to agree with you that it’s a successful tactic. I have seen it worked on countless occasions.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Marcus Garvey

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin