YGB is currently welcoming new members at all grade levels. We have moved our rehearses to Berkeley, Ca.
Washington Elementary School on Mondays & Wednesdays 430-6p (grades 2 - 8)
Berkeley High School on Wednesdays only 5-7pm (The Dance Studio) (grades 9-10)
YGB IS HOSTING A PARENT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 17TH AT WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN BERKELEY. 5-6PM
Four black educators recognized that black history and pride education would help black children succeed. They came together in Ithaca New York, in 1981 and formed Young Gifted and Black.
Fast Forward to 2010, one of these educators, recognizing the same need in Oakland California, teamed with her son an original YGB member and formed Young Gifted and Black of Oakland. Teaching and learning black history, and pride through historic poetry, hip hop and liberation songs, YGB has been an Oakland community treasure for over 8 years. This year we have transitioned our work to Berkeley to support the 50th Anniversary of Black Studies in Berkeley Unified School District. We have had over 100 youth participants who have performed for thousands of people around California, presented in 4 countries around the world, and performed in national and international events, festivals and broadcasts. YGB has served as youth ambassadors for Oakland and for Black people in the United States for over 15 years.
Mr Davis is a long time student and teacher of Black History. With over 30 years of experience teaching, learning, and traveling Mr Davis offers unique insight and perspective in to old historical narratives. The Classroom offers a multi media experience modernizing the teaching and learning of Black History for the 21st Century learner. Each class is a portal into a new and dynamic way of exploring stories about the past of African and African American people. The focus of each lesson is to decolonize some aspect of the false stories Black children have been taught all over the world to reinforce White Supremacy.