About Onyx Academy

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WHAT IS ONYX ACADEMY

The statistics on African American student’s educational attainment and its relationship to early childhood education is a constant reminder that parental involvement in early education is critical for future success. However many parents are unaware of exactly how to overcome these statistics and what resources to use.  Onyx Academy was developed to empower African American parents to bridge the education gap by providing tutorials, resources and a collaborative community, that parents can leverage to educate their children beyond the limitations of our nation’s inadequate school systems.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

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 Onyx Academy started, not as a blog or even a formally developed idea, but rather as a series of emails, inbox messages and Facebook posts from my friends where I happily shared information on how I was able to teach my son how to  read, add, subtract and multiply before he even entered school.

The concept of developing a website to share my son’s success and instruct others on how they might do the same only entered my mind as I realized that I was repeating the same general information to numerous people. Realizing that there was a desire and need for this information, I decided to share my methods  and product recommendations publicly in the hopes that it would help other parents  And while we have been able to engage in productive conversations and share information amongst one another on Facebook, the social media system was not conducive to the search and sort requirements necessary to assist others in the long term.  My desire is not to develop a movement of isolationism, separating African Americans from the rest of the nation, but rather to develop a community for collaboration to help bridge the gap that disproportionately affects minority children.

Onyx Academy aims to bridge the gap for black parents who recognize the impact that their influence has on the long term success of their children through a community of information sharing and support.

BEHIND THE LOGO  

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I first heard the term “Sankofa” when listening to Harry Belafonte give a speech on Brotherhood to the member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity where he emphasized the need for us to reach back to help others.

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Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it” and is represented either by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back. The Sankofa symbol has become an important symbol in an African-American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.

Here, the Sankofa bird, standing on an open book, is a representation of my desire to reach back to help improve the academic achievements of African American students.