About the Author
Steven Whitehurst was born into a single-parent family in Chicago on March 3, 1967. After spending his early years living in housing projects on the city's southside, his family moved to Harvey, Illinois. In Harvey, Steven graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1984. After a brief time at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, he attended Thornton Community College (now South Suburban College) and graduated with High Honors, earning two degrees. Steven then went on to graduate Cum Laude from Chicago State University, with a B.A. in history and a minor in political science. He later returned to Chicago State University to pursue graduate studies. Aside from being an author Steven has worked as an Investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as an advisor to disadvantaged college students, as a college administrator, and on numerous political campaigns. He has also held two political posts in Illinois: Township Committeeman a! nd State Central Committeeman. Among his numerous awards are the New Scriblerus Society's Creative Excellence Award, and the Afrique Malcolm X Award for Self-Actualization. He currently runs his own website at stevenwhitehurst.com.
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Excerpt from the CONCERNS OF COLOR section:I spent most of my academic career in predominantly African-American schools learning what they taught us, and not thinking too much about the content of the subject. It wasn't until I reached college, and took it upon myself to study my African history, that I realized that the African experience has been all but excluded from today's classrooms. It was then that I truly realized that I, along with my African-American sisters and brothers, had been programmed into a Eurocentric educational system which systematically strips us of our collective cultural identity by distorting, and in many cases totally omitting, our history from its teachings. Through elementary school and high school I heard a few words about Dr. Martin Luther King, but that was it. I heard nothing about the great cultures that Mother Africa had developed. I heard nothing about our great warriors who had dominated parts of Europe, and in fact had shake! n the earth to its very core. I heard nothing about militant African-American leaders like Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey, or militant groups like the Black Panthers. In short, I heard nothing about our rich history and that angered me! It was then that I set the mental wheels turning with the purpose of one day writing a book which would correct these injustices....