Name and Title: Kamau Kenyatta – Professor of Africana World Studies at William Paterson University
What do you do and why? I teach college students and I am a keynote speaker/presenter. I love teaching and have a passion for teaching African Studies. I want to educated and inform so that appropriate action or behavior will follow.
What mark have you left on Black history? I have written a book, The Truth About Black Hairstyles: The Whole Story Revealed. I has impacted people on 3 continents and continues to be in demand. I have also affected dozens of students over the years of teaching. Many of them are teachers themselves because of my influence. Others are in business for themselves as a result of our contact. I also have a new book, The 7 Most Dangerous Pitfalls Threatening Your College Success and How To Avoid Them.
Why is celebrating Black History important to you? There is very little that more important for any people than their history, culture, language and traditions. Because without that knowledge, they stand naked and defenseless before the world. African people must celebrate their history in order to know themselves, what they have done and what they must do.
Who or what do you honor most in Black History? I honor all of the ancestors but if pressed, I would say Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Queen Nzingha of Angola. What I honor most is the importance of our connection to Africa.
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