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African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:46:06 AM »
African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp Speaker, Blogger, Advocate,
Educator and Volunteer

The growth of WordCamp nationally and
internationally is showing that the access
to successful entrepreneurs, digital innovators,
web developers, coders, artists and graphic
designers to name a few is easier. Exposure
to these talented individuals allows for
unique networking opportunities and new career
directions for young people.

How can young people of color aspire and dream
to change the world if they do not see others
accomplishing their dreams.
Speaking at WordCamp Dayton, (since
2017 my 5th WordCamp speaking and 7th
attending). The exposure to people that
share similar passions for content creation
skill-sets can change the mental paradigm
for careers in technology for others.

I had the unique opportunity to be the ONLY
African American speaking and attending.
There were even comments about the need
for diversity to increase in technology fields
to promote changing the culture of digital
access and development.
Close proximity to business owners that
greet you with a handshake, share their
business cards and share their knowledge
shows the power and engagement of the
“open source” community.

Research data shows that minorities are
significantly trailing other cultures
in ownership of businesses that are
technology based. Visibility and engagement
is important.

The key is exposure and the value and
enjoyment of learning. The title of this
writing, “African Americans How Thirsty
Are You?” represents how thirsty do
you have to be to drink the drinks that
others do who are successful. I’m not
talking about alcoholic, but the willingness
to change the thirst of ignorance and
unskilled abilities. The change to be
drinking in knowledge and taking
advantage of learning opportunities that
satisfy the thirst for growth and a
foundation of financial stability in
economics and education.

A powerful quote from an educator,
minister, administrator and author, 
William Jenkins of St. Louis that shows
truth, “Blacks need to want to learn what
whites know.” To empower them with
skills that allow for growth in new
areas and build solid careers.

Booker T. Washington shared similar
words in his book “My Larger Education,”
originally printed in 1911.
In his book Mr. Washington states on
page 102 that Blacks should understand
what service they are preparing for. That
Black boys should want to learn to read
because reading is the only way to improve
their living conditions. In his wisdom as the
learned to build the Tuskegee University,
Mr. Washington has shared that Blacks need
to do more than just define themselves, the
need to create changes in mentality to change
their positions in life to build up other Blacks
so they can obtain power in politics, education,
business, law and economics.

African Americans are massive consumers of
tech, a small percentage are producers. What
value do youth, teens and young adults of color
place on learning HTML, Java Script, PHP, CSS,
and other tech languages.
The fundamentals of graphic design, the
creativity of designing web content and the
engineering skills of cyber-security and
e-commerce. Instead of just playing games
be the architects of them.

Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass
at times clashed on the direction of freed slaves
and the future of Blacks, they were in agreement
with the value of education to allow Blacks to
contribute to society, to bring something to the
economic table and obtain influence so their
concerns will be heard and changes made.

Preparation starts now while children are young and
impressionable. Not when they are older and set in
their ways. Parents and their children must take
advantage of as many learning opportunities as
possible to establish generational growth and prosperity.
Wm Jackson, M.Edu.
Educator, Speaker, Blogger, Parent,

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Re: African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 01:40:32 PM »
William seems like a nice guy, but I think enough is enough with the spamming. Would be an entirely different story if he showed any interest in engaging with the rest of the Metro Jacksonville community, but it's just dump and run, for years, without even a cursory effort to format. It's not even on-topic.

It's nothing personal, I admire what he's doing out there in the community, but for the purposes of MetroJax, it just doesn't fit.

Or maybe consider giving the Education section the Politics treatment and not having it show up on the homepage.

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Re: African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 03:01:46 PM »
William seems like a nice guy, but I think enough is enough with the spamming. Would be an entirely different story if he showed any interest in engaging with the rest of the Metro Jacksonville community, but it's just dump and run, for years, without even a cursory effort to format. It's not even on-topic.

It's nothing personal, I admire what he's doing out there in the community, but for the purposes of MetroJax, it just doesn't fit.

Or maybe consider giving the Education section the Politics treatment and not having it show up on the homepage.

It would be nice if just one of the posts was about something that actually matters, like say... donuts. But, not everyone can add value like me.

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Re: African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 03:11:55 PM »
William seems like a nice guy, but I think enough is enough with the spamming. Would be an entirely different story if he showed any interest in engaging with the rest of the Metro Jacksonville community, but it's just dump and run, for years, without even a cursory effort to format. It's not even on-topic.

It's nothing personal, I admire what he's doing out there in the community, but for the purposes of MetroJax, it just doesn't fit.

Or maybe consider giving the Education section the Politics treatment and not having it show up on the homepage.

It would be nice if just one of the posts was about something that actually matters, like say... donuts. But, not everyone can add value like me.

You've earned it, Matt: