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Philadelphia Educators to Africa

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BC007

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Biographical Note

Philadelphia Educators to Africa (ETA) is a common interest organization that was formed after a unique six-week study tour to four West African countries. The School District of Philadelphia, in response to the October 17, 1967 student protest for Black History to be taught in schools, created the Office of African/African-American Studies. Under the leadership of Department Director, William C. Green, the School District, along with the African American Institute headquartered in New York City, co-sponsored “Educators to Africa ’70.” This was an educational travel program that took one hundred and thirty-one educators from twenty-five states in the United States to Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Benin for intensive historical, social and cultural studies. The thirty-eight participants from Philadelphia formed the largest single contingent. It was anticipated that upon their return to Philadelphia, these educators would form the nucleus of a team of knowledgeable leaders who would carry out the School District of Philadelphia’s mandate that African/African-American history be taught in schools.

Although most days in Africa were filled with university lectures and workshops, the group made numerous field trips to surrounding villages, towns and cities where they interacted harmoniously with local residents. Due to the hospitality the contingent of teachers received while in Africa, an organization was formed to maintain closer relationships with the people of the African continent. Hence, in February 1971, Philadelphia Educators to Africa was established at the home of William C. Green. The stated purpose of the organization was to:

Create a closer link with Africans

Educate the general American public about political, cultural and economic affairs in Africa

Organize a cultural exchange with the nations of Africa

Support African nations in their effort to achieve economic and political viability

Offer scholarships and other forms of financial aid to qualified students from Africa in their efforts to secure a university education in the Philadelphia region

Sponsor cultural and educational activities that would create a greater interest, awareness and appreciation of African history and culture

Support the Black liberation movements of African people on the continent and in the Diaspora

Since 1971, ETA has lived up to its stated purpose by planning and implementing many interesting programs, projects and activities that have stimulated public awareness on African issues, and at the same time have created closer links with Africans on the continent and throughout the world.

Description of Collection

The collection consists of papers on the Philadelphia Chapter of Educators to Africa from 1971 to 2012. The papers include history, constitution, correspondence, publications, seminars, flyers, minutes, photographs and CDs. Most of the photographs document ETA trips to African and South American countries – Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and Cuba – as well as other programs organized by ETA. Publications include ETA newsletters and newspaper articles about ETA. Seminars include notes from lectures and speeches. The collection also includes DVD recordings of several ETA events and programs throughout the years.

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog:

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Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository and require up to two business days to retrieve.  Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection in advance of your visit so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on Reproduction.

Information on copyright (literary rights) available from repository.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], Philadelphia Educators to Africa Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in October 2012 Lateefat O. Durosinmi-Etti; Supervised by Leslie Willis-Lowry.

Inventory

Box Folder    Content

1 1     African American History Lectures given by W.C. Green

1 2     African Burial Ground – Print Materials and Photographs

1 3     Agendas: General Meetings

  • General meeting Agenda 1975, 1976, 1977

  • Agenda 1984

  • Agenda 1990

  • Agenda 1991

  • Agenda 2007

  • Agenda 2008

  • Agenda 2009

  • Agenda 2010

1 4   Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon House and Capitol Trip

1 5   Autobiographies: Founder, Presidents and other officers

  • Arthur L. Young

  • Cornelia Mayo Wilson, Miss ETA

  • Elsie S. Erwin

  • Harley Spry

  • Linda Osinupebi

  • Marguerite Johnson

  • Theodore Patterson Erwin

  • William C. Green

1 6     Calendar of Events

1 7     Correspondence

  • Letter to the African American Studies Education Advisory Committee from Othella R. Vaughn,                            Jan. 23, 1992

  • Letter to members from I. Garland Sigler,                                                   1975

  • Letter to Theodore and Elsie Erwin from June V. Peggs,               Jan. 20, 1991

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Dorothy Brown

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Mark Hyman

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Gainor Davis

Box Folder    Content

1 7    Correspondence

  • Letter to members from Theodore Erwin

  • Letter to Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III from Theodore Erwin                         Oct. 19, 1993

  • Letter to members from Mel Johnson                                                         Feb. 1973

  • Letter to ETA from Connie Wilson                                                      May 21, 1974

  • Letter to David Vann from Carolyn L. Holmes                                    Mar. 23, 1980

  • Letter to Mr. Dennis Stavis from C. Payne Lucas                                Nov. 16, 1981

  • Letter to friends of ETA from William C. Green                                   Jan. 16, 1982

  • Letter to James Cassel from William Green                                         Mar. 16, 1982

  • Letter to William Green from James Cassell                                        Mar. 16, 1982

  • Letter to Rica Duffus from William Green                             Feb. 18; Mar. 31, 1982

  • Letter Hon. William H. Gray III from William Green                          Mar. 12, 1984

  • Letter to ETA Staff from Ayofemi Babatunde                                       Jul. 27, 1984

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Na’im Akbar                                        Jan. 17, 1986

  • Letter to ETA from Carolyn Homes                                                     Mar. 23, 1987

  • Letter to John Henrik Clarke from William C. Green                          Mar. 29, 1989

  • Letter to Carolyn Holmes from Othella Vaughn                                   Sep. 13, 1989

  • Letter to Molefi Kete Asante from William Green                  Nov. 23; Dec. 4, 1989

  • Letter to Linda Goss from Millie Jordan                                              Nov. 26, 1989

  • Letter to William Green to Millie Jordan                                              Nov 26, 1989

  • Letter to Melodye Stewart from Mildred Joran                                    Nov. 27, 1989

  • Letter to exhibitors from ETA seminar committee       Jan. 29, 1990 ; Feb. 20, 1991

  • Letter to John Skief from Theodore Erwin                                               Feb.5, 1990

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Antoinette Girio                                  Mar. 16, 1990

  • Letter to William Green from Molefi Asante                                          Apr. 3, 1990

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Gabre Medhin                                     Sep. 27, 1990

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Liller Green                                        Nov. 26, 1990

  • Letter to William Green from Kenneth Dosser                                     Dec. 17, 1990

  • Letter to Thomas Morton from William Green                                      Jan. 10, 1991

  • Letter to Muriel Feelings from Theodore Erwin                                    Jan. 28, 1991

  • Letter to Aramintha from Theodore Erwin                                            Jan. 30, 1991


 

Box Folder    Content

1 7    Correspondence

  • Letter to Daryl Burgee from Theodore Erwin                                       Feb. 10, 1991

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Fred Johnson                                          Mar.4, 1991

  • Letter to Thomas Morton from William C. Green                                Mar. 22, 1991

  • Letter to Kenneth Dosser from William Green                                     Mar. 22, 1991

  • Letter to Jose Pimientabey from William Green                                  Mar. 22, 1991

  • Letter to Mark Hyman from William Green                                         Mar. 22, 1991

  • Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Harley Spry from Theodore Erwin                   May 15, 1991

  • Letter to Rosita Johnson to Theodore P. Erwin                                     May 19, 1991

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Peter Liacouras           Jun. 19, 1991; May 28, 1993

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Molefi Kete Asante                             Jun. 26, 1991

  • Letter to Theodore P. Erwin from Evelyn A. Hankinson                      Oct. 30, 1991

  • Card to ETA members from Adrienne Morrison                                  Nov. 15, 1992

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Lindiwe Mabuza                                 Dec. 16, 1992

  • Letter to Mr. Erwin from Ravenda Johnson                                           Jan. 30, 1993

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Steven Derby                                      May 12, 1993

  • Letter to Carolyn Holmes from Randall and Robin Drain                    May 17, 1993

  • Letter to Randal Robinson from Theodore Erwin                                 Nov.14, 1994

  • Letter to C. Payne Lucas from Theodore Erwin                                      Feb. 5, 1995

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Lorrie Heagy                                       Mar. 17, 1995

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Michael Hill                                           Jun. 8, 1995

  • Letter to Theodore Erwin from Sylvia Bingham                                   Jun. 11, 1995

  • Letter to James Nevels from William C. Green                                    Mar. 22, 2002

  • Letter to Nathaniel Norment Jr. from Theodore Erwin                           Jun. 4, 2006

  • Letter to Mr. Spry from Suzanne Behsudi                                               Jan. 2, 2007

  • Letter to Mrs. Spry from Leola Highsmith                                           Sep. 19, 2008

  • Letter to ETA members from Harley Spry                                             May 3, 2010

  • Letter to members from Harley Spry                            Mar. 20; 2011 Apr. 17, 2011

  • Letter to ETA from Jonathan Reckford                                                Apr. 22, 2011

  • Letter to Nathaniel Norment, Jr. from Harley Spry                                    May 2011

1 8 Cuba Photographs

1 9 ETA Cultural Program for Children Materials

1 10 ETA Cultural Program for Children – Photographs

Box Folder    Content

1 11 Dobbins Project Materials

1 12 ETA Newsletters and News Articles

  • Dr. Molefi Kete Asante Latest books                                                                  2011

  • Ghanaian Newspaper: The Daily Graphic                                              Jul. 27, 1970

  • Ghanaian Newspaper: The Mirror                                                        Aug. 26, 1977

  • Ghanaian Newspaper: The Pioneer                                                        Jun. 27, 1970

  • Ghanaian Newspaper article: “The Gold Empire of Asante”

  • “England’s Smartest Family is Black”                                                        Mar. 2010

  • “Heroes’ Graves Forlon, Forgotten” Phila. Inquirer                               May 2, 2010

  • “Molefi Asante Promotes Afrocentric Vision” Temple: Ambler Press  Nov. 1, 1988

  • Newspaper article on ETA, Philadelphia Tribune                                 Apr. 20, 1982

  • Newspaper: SCOOP USA                                                                    Nov. 20, 2009

  • Newsletters 1971

  • Newsletters 1972

  • Newsletters 1984

  • Newsletters 1985

  • Newsletters 1996

  • Newsletters 2006

1 13 Ethiopia Photos

  • ETA members with Haile Selassie                                                                       1971

1 14 Fundraisers

  • AIDA Trip                                                                                                             2000

  • African-American Heritage Tour, Harlem NY                                                     2005

  • ETA Fundraisers                                                                                           1992-1993

  • Fashion Show and Dance                                                                                      1974

  • Fundraisers 1989 – The Great Blacks in Wax Museum Tour; Dinner & Movie

  • Trip to Sotterly Plantation, MD                                                                            1997

  • Windsor/Detroit Underground Railroad Tour                                                       1996






 

Box Folder    Content

1 15 Ghana Book Collection

  • A Blueprint for the Party Game in Ghana by Kwamena Bentsi-Enchill               1968

  • Historic Speeches and Writings on Ghana by J.B. Danquah

  • Information Brochure, University College of the Cape Coast                                1969

  • No Starving Billions by Wesley F. Buchele                                                 1969

  • Open Day, University College of the Cape Coast                                        1968

  • Proceedings of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences                           1968

  • Reflections and Refractions on the Ghana Draft Constitution (Book 1) by Isaac S. Ephson,                     1968

  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Ghanaian Citizen                             1968

1           16   Ghana Cape Coast University Lectures

  • Discovering Ghana’s Past by Prof. Merrick Posnansky

  • Pre-19th Century Forest States

  • Pre-Colonial Nigerian History

  • Religion in Africa by K.O. Agyakwa

  • The Central Region at a Glance

  • The Concept of “Race” and Language Groupings in Africa

  • The Evolution of Man in Africa by Prof. Merrick Posnansky

  • The Western Sudanese Empires

  • Traditional West African Social Structure by B.I. Chukwukere

2 1 History and Constitution

  • History of Philadelphia Chapter

  • Proposal for Revisions to the Constitution of Philadelphia ETA                          1983

2 2 Kenya Photographs

2 3 Kwanzaa Celebration and Sankofa Luncheon

2 4 Membership and Directories

  • Membership Directory 1970

  • Membership Directory 1977-1978

  • Membership Directory 1978-1979

  • Membership Directory 1984-1985

  • Membership Directory 1985-1986

  • Membership Directory 1990-1991

  • Membership Directory 1992

  • Membership Directory 2002-2003

Box Folder    Content

2 5 Miscellaneous

  • Guide map of Accra, Ghana                                                                                   1975

  • Haiti tourist brochures

  • Note to Dr. Diane Turner from Sandra Brown                                        Sep. 16, 2009

  • Photos – Bahia

  • Photo – ETA Members in Europe

2 6    Monthly Meeting Minutes

  • Minutes 2007

  • Minutes 2008

  • Minutes 2009

  • Minutes 2010

  • Minutes 2011

  • Minutes 2012

2 7    Obituaries

  • Annor Elizabeth Ray Roye

  • David P. Richardson Jr.

  • Frances E. Turner

  • List of ETA Ancestors 2007

2 8    Original Philadelphia Educators Study Group West Africa Trip                             1970

  • Article: “Africa Trip Planned by 38 Teachers,” Phila. Inquirer                       Jul.1970

  • Correspondence: Letter to participants from Bill Green                           Sept. 8, 1970

  • Lesson Plans 1970                                                                                                  1972

  • List of Members of 6 week study travel in Africa 1970, 1971; Itinerary              1970

2 9    Philadelphia’s Elementary Schools African Curriculum

  • “Africa in the Elementary Curriculum of the Philadelphia Schools” by Gwendolyn Brightful            1972

2 10    Pictures of the African Presence in Asia

2 11    Press Releases of Events

  • Press Release                                                                                                          1985

  • Press Release                                                                                                          1986

  • Press Releases                                                                                                        1991

2 12   Publications: The History of Black People in Philadelphia, William C. Green        1975


 

Box Folder    Content

2 13   SEBA Study Group

  • John Henrik Clarke Biography

  • Photographs – ETA Seminar workshop                                                         late 1990s

2 14    Seminars (1 of 2)

  • Seminar at Temple University (schedule)                                                Apr. 12, 1975

  • ETA Conference and Reunion Dinner Dance (program)                        Mar. 27, 1982

  • ETA Conference – Struggle Against Apartheid                                                     1985

  • 21st Annual Spring Seminar (Schedule) 1992 March 28; 21st Anniversary Dinner Dance (program)    Apr. 20, 1991

  • 23rd Annual Spring Seminar (article attached)                                        Apr.16, 1994

  • Silver Anniversary of ETA Annual Educational Seminar (Booklet)       Oct. 26, 1996

2 15    Seminars (2 of 2)

  • 1st Annual Seminar                                                                                                1972

  • Seminars 1974

  • Seminars 1976

  • Seminars 1977

  • Conference on Africa                                                                              Mar. 26, 1983

  • Conference on Africa                                                                               May 12, 1984

  • 19th Annual Seminar                                                                                 Apr. 7, 1990

  • 20th Annual Seminar                                                                                 Apr. 6, 1991

  • 22nd Annual Spring Seminar                                                                     Apr. 3, 1993

  • Seminars 1999

  • African Family Symposium                                                                     Oct. 23, 2004

  • Seminars 2008

  • Miscellaneous Seminars and Symposiums

2 16    Seminar Photos (Struggle against Apartheid)                                                          1985

2 17    Speeches

  • A Tribute to John Henrik Clarke by Ted Erwin                                                    1989

  • ETA Welcome: Kwanzaa, Ted Erwin                                                                   1991

  • Edythe Ingraham Award Program Acceptance Speech, William A. Green          1980

  • Welcome Address at the 19th Annual Seminar, Ted Erwin

  • Welcome Address to the 21st Annual Seminar; Message from the President by Ted Erwin               1991

Box Folder    Content

2 18    Travel Information (West Africa and East Africa)

2 19    William C. Green

  • Article: “Educators to Africa Honor their Founder William C. Green,” Scoop U.S.A.            Nov. 20, 2009

  • William C. Green’s personal journal                                           Jul.-Aug. 1970

2 20    Zimbabwe

  • Photographs

  • The Fourth African-African American Summit                         Jul. 18-29, 1997

DVD List

Box      Folder Content

3 1 Kenya

3 2 Ghana

3 3 Ethiopia

3 4 London, South Africa, Zimbabwe

3 5 Cuba

3 6 Brazil

3 7 African Burial Grounds in New York City

3 8 Underground Railroad in Windsor, Canada

3 9 ETA Seminar: “Future of Africa in the 21st Century”

3 10 ETA’s Sankofa Luncheon

3 11 ETA’s Saturday African American History and Culture Program

3 12 ETA’s Seminar Speaker: John Henrik Clarke                                                              1993

3 13 The African Presence in Asia

3 14 ETA Seminar Speaker: Rev. Cain Hope Felder

3 15 Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon and Capitol