Produced in partnership with Woody Guthrie Heart, Bob Dylan Heart and Tri-Metropolis Collective, the Hearth in Little Africa curriculum takes the content material of the album launched this summer season on Motown Information and makes use of artists to show in regards to the Tulsa Race Bloodbath in faculties.
TULSA, OK – Earlier this summer season, Tulsa’s hip-hop collective ‘Hearth in Little Africa’ launched their debut album on Motown Information, commemorating the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Bloodbath. Now they’re turning the album’s content material into an academic curriculum that may be taught in faculties, company places of work and different instructional settings.
Produced in partnership with Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Heart, Bob Dylan Heart and Tri-Metropolis Collective, the curriculum goals to make use of the groundbreaking hip-hop album launched this summer season on Motown Information to show college students historical past and language arts.
The curriculum element of the challenge was developed by Tri-Metropolis Collective, a Tulsa-based non-profit group with an academic and social justice emphasis. Artists that contributed to the album will go to faculties and train the fabric to college students first-hand.
“This curriculum reinforces not solely the historical past of the Greenwood District as mirrored in each observe, it additionally presents considerate and pedagogically rooted connections to life in Tulsa, and the nation, as we speak,” mentioned Prof. Quraysh Ali Lansana, Curriculum Coordinator and President of Tri-Metropolis Collective.
“Moreover, the trainer’s information supplies a chance to discover the various creativity of lots of the gifted emcees, singers and producers on the album by a language arts lens grounded in state and nationwide instructing requirements. KRS-One referred to as it edutainment.”
The curriculum will pilot at 4 Oklahoma excessive faculties — Millwood, Putnam Metropolis West, Will Rogers and McLain, with plans to develop throughout the nation and into larger training and company settings.
“Hearth in Little Africa is greater than an album. We actually need to pay attention, study and develop with our communities by our intentional and significant artwork, and I couldn’t be happier with the work that the Tri-Metropolis Collective has accomplished to deliver this curriculum to life,” mentioned Hearth in Little Africa govt director Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson, PhD.
“The artwork of connecting music, artwork and training has been misplaced, and Hearth in Little Africa is filling a deep wound. The state of Oklahoma and the nation wants this curriculum now greater than ever.”
The curriculum is obtainable as a obtain on the official Fire in Little Africa website, along with tricitycollective.com. Colleges and different organizations serious about adopting the curriculum can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, these serious about bringing Hearth in Little Africa artists to show the curriculum in highschool, college or enterprise settings can contact FILA@tricitycollective.com.