NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Media Contact: Steve Wasko
(313) 873-4542 or (313) 212-5636

WHAT: Although it has been in existence for decades, African Centered teaching is fairly new on a broad scale. One of the strongest and most long-lived traditions in the teachings is the veneration of ancestors. In Africa and other cultures, worldwide, there is the belief that the dead can provide wisdom to the living and influence the lives of later generations.Learning about this aspect of the culture is an important part of an African Centered Education (ACE). There is a word to describe it-Sankofa-‘return and get it.’ It symbolizes the importance of learning from the past. DPS students from five ACE schools will take part in activities that reinforce this cultural principle and provide them with some fun at an Ancestors’ Night gathering.

WHO: Students from Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Schulze, McNair and Marquette schools, presenters, education staff, parents.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: African Heritage Cultural Center, 21511 W. McNichols

For more information about African Centered Education call 313-873-1795

For information about enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at

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