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Alchemy of the Soul

An African-centered Education

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Joyce Piert

It started with a dream, a dream in the night that challenged the dream of the author’s life. That dream, which evolved through her personal experiences, was to start an African-centered school. The dream in the night ignited the journey that led to this book, which was to discover answers to critical questions such as: What is an African-centered education model? How do former students perceive this experience? And can, or even should, this educational model be effectively adopted in traditional public schools? Joyce Piert offers this book as a critical resource to parents, educators, potential teachers, community leaders, and policymakers who are seriously pondering the question of how to provide all students with a holistic educational experience. In Alchemy of the Soul, the vibrant voices of African American young adults share their stories in robust and candid narratives of their educational experiences at an African-centered school.
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Chapter 3. Defining an African-Centered Educational Model

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Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. And don’t forget the language of omens. And, above all, don’t forget to follow your destiny through to its conclusion. (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1993, p. 22)

I now understood that the desire for self-­determination through educational access was forefront in the minds of African American leaders at various historical junctures within American history. I knew that my destiny was leading me to discover how this educational model is defined by asking and answering the following questions: What are the components of this African-­centered educational model and how are the components defined?

What Is an African-­Centered Curriculum?

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