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LEGACY 2024: Hour a Day Study Group

Black excellence is powerful! It is a type of power that can be felt in individuals that are not only exceptional themselves, but have the ability to compel others to be the same. This power is felt by those who have been in the presence of educator Karen Hudson.

Karen Hudson took her belief in the power of Afrocentricity to make Black students believe in themselves and thrive within the public-school curriculum. Karen Hudson has been and remains and has been a powerful force in the education system for close to three decades. Currently, Hudson is the Principal of Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour, NS.  As the creator of the first Africentric Cohort within the Province of Nova Scotia Hudson was recognized nationally as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2019.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the definition of Black excellence as presented in the passage?
  2. Who is Karen Hudson, and what has been her contribution to Black excellence?
  3. How has Karen Hudson used Afrocentricity to empower Black students within the public-school curriculum?
  4. How has Karen Hudson been a powerful force in the education system for close to three decades?
  5. What is the Africentric Cohort, and what role did Karen Hudson play in its creation?
  6. What is the significance of Karen Hudson being recognized nationally as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2019?
  7. How has Karen Hudson been able to make Black students believe in themselves and thrive in the public-school curriculum?
  8. What are some of the challenges faced by Black students in the education system, and how has Karen Hudson addressed them?
  9. How can Karen Hudson's approach to education inspire other educators to promote Black excellence in their classrooms?
  10. What is the role of education in promoting Black excellence, and how can it be made more accessible to Black students?

CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS:

  1. How does the educational experience differ for Black youth compared to their non-Black peers in Canada?
  2. How do systemic racism and discrimination affect the academic performance and educational outcomes of Black youth in Canada?
  3. What steps can be taken to address the under-representation of Black youth in advanced academic programs and higher education in Canada?
  4. How can schools and educators work to create a more inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment for Black youth in Canada?
  5. How do Black youth in Canada deal with the challenges of navigating a school system that often fails to represent or understand their experiences and cultural backgrounds?
  6. How do Black youth in Canada address the lack of representation and inclusivity in school curricula and materials?
  7. What are the main challenges faced by Black youth in Canada in terms of access to mental health and support services?
  8. How can schools and educators work to address and prevent disciplinary disparities faced by Black youth in Canada?
  9. How can schools and educators work to address the issue of implicit bias among teachers and staff towards Black youth?
  10. What are effective strategies to empower and support Black youth in Canada in their educational journey and beyond?
  11. How do you define “power”? How can people of descent who are powerful use it to make a difference in their community?
  12. What does “africentric” and “afrocentric” mean? Why would both help youth of African descent excel in both school work and their lives??

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