• "Beyond the Screen: Empowering Narratives of African Queens Inspired by “The Women King”

"Beyond the Screen: Empowering Narratives of African Queens Inspired by “The Women King”



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About "Beyond the Screen: Empowering Narratives of African Queens Inspired by “The Women King”

Course Summary

In this dynamic and enlightening course, we embark on a journey that transcends the confines of cinematic representation to explore the rich tapestry of African queens and the indomitable spirit of African American women. Inspired by the evocative storytelling of "The Women King," we delve into the legacies of legendary African queens such as the Kandake Queens, Nubian Queens, Queen Nzinga, and the Queens of Dahomey, while drawing parallels to the courage and resilience of modern-day icons like Harriet Tubman, Angela Davis, and Alysa Stanton.

Throughout this course, participants will engage in a multifaceted exploration of historical narratives, cultural representations, and contemporary movements, shedding light on the profound impact of African queens and African American women on the course of history and social change. By examining the intersectionality of gender, race, and power, we aim to uncover the hidden stories, amplify marginalized voices, and celebrate the triumphs of African queens and African American women in shaping their own destinies and challenging systemic oppression.

Course Description

By the end of this course, participants will gain a nuanced appreciation for the multifaceted identities and narratives of African queens and African American women, and emerge with a renewed sense of empowerment, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Join us on this transformative journey as we go beyond the screen to uncover the empowering narratives that inspire and uplift us all.

About the Instructor
Dr. Naima Robinson

Dr. Robinson is a native New Yorker, who grew up on Long Island. She is a Scholar, Historian, Educator and Lecturer. Dr. Robinson has a Doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, her original research is entitled “Fear and Avoidance: Barriers to Developing Racial Literacy in High School Teachers” an exploratory study examining the racial literacy skills of high school teachers. Additionally, she has an M.S. Ed in School Leadership, an MS in Secondary Social Studies Education, and a BA in History and Women’s Studies. Dr. Naima Robinson is a veteran public school teacher. She is a Black Studies specialist and provides professional staff development on Implicit Bias; Diversity and Inclusion; Equity Team Development; and Racial Literacy for adults and children. Her scholarship presents a fresh vibrant voice to the academic community and has rapidly become a valuable community asset. Dr. Robinson is a founder and instructor at Keep Your Change Inc. Academic Support Program in North Amityville where she teaches ‘Real History’. Dr. Robinson has developed an extensive Black Studies curriculum that she has been teaching at various schools and programs in multiple states reaching hundreds of students. In her Black Studies class, students study history, psychology, sociology, philosophy and economics. They read a variety of works that challenge and enlighten, and they explore a multitude of topics beginning ten-thousand years before U.S. History. Dr. Robinson is the daughter of Justice Derrick Robinson and Dr. Pamela Robinson Allen and the mother of Semaya, a student at Brown University

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