By Lynn Jones – Dr. Umar Johnson, also known as the “The Prince of Pan Afrikanism” recently lectured to a stnainding room only audience on the African American community ills and liabilities.
Thousands of Jacksonville residents heard Dr. Johnson speak on topics pertaining to youth, his appearance on the Hidden Colors documentary series, and the education system designed to cripple young Black boys into homosexuality and the pipeline to prison challenges. The over three hour lecture including everything from facts about slavery to today’s responsibility of parents to aid their children’s success.
Audience members were eager to hear Dr. Johnson words of black consciousness and gain insight into making the necessary changes to become self sufficient by all means necessary.
Attendees included members of Building Powerful Minds, a lock organization focused on teaching boys a foundation to lay the groundwork for a better future.
The BPM program is led by local attorney Vernon Jackson.
“What an opportunity for our young men to hear Dr. Johnson speak. We have a plan to build our young boys up, while the system has a plan to destroy the foundation for building powerful men. One of our most powerful tools is teaching real African American history. Once they have knowledge of self and know the accomplishments of their ancestors, they can accomplish great feats; then the young men will know the sky is the limit and not limited to the stereotypical careers of selling dope, being a sports figure or a rapper,” said Jackson
Dr. Umar Johnson is a certified school psychologist who practices privately throughout Pennsylvania and lectures throughout the country. Umar is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. As a child therapist, Dr. Umar specializes in working with at-risk, violent, suicidal and depressed African-American boys and girls. Umar is considered a national expert in learning disabilities and their effect on Black children as well as an expert on helping schools and parents modify behaviors and diagnosis. Pictured are BPM students, supporters and attendees: Cory Wilborn, Saddique Thomas, Takiem Smalls, Dr. Umar Sharif, Attorney Weaver, Dr. Umar Johnson, Attorney Vernon Jackson, Dwight Brisbane, Yance Manning and Dr. Zeboye A. Doctor. Photo: Derrick Bryant