“Wisdom is when you align your actions & opinions with the Creator’s will. It is the goal of African
education to help its students develop that type of wisdom. Children so-imbued become adults
who possess the moral direction, intellectual fervor, cultural-political intelligence, desire and
commitment necessary to work for the return of our people to righteous living and sovereignty, and
to be of service to humankind.”
- S. Anwisye From: “Education is More Than the 3R’s”
Throughout its history – since 1977 as an educational institution in St. Louis, MO (Frederick
Douglass Institute-DI), an elementary school since 1979, a high school (Hofi Ni Kwenu
Academy-HNKA) since 1996 and, since 1994, the New African Village (NAV), a developing
land-based scale model promoting Creator-centered living and social relationships, African
sovereignty and communal self-reliance – NAV/HNKA/DI has promoted that type of wisdom
through its curriculum and instructional process which stresses the development of the African
personality, which includes, in part: a sense of duty to the Creator, our ancestors, family, race &
humankind; cooperation; collectivity; self-discipline; conflict management skills; and, expanding and
pursuing one’s spiritual, mental and physical potential and using the resultant skills to further the
cause of our people’s nationhood and eventual sovereignty.
NAV/HNKA/DI is a member of the Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) and
serves as a member of its Ndundu, coordinates its Publications Committee and edits Funidsha!
Teach! a CIBI news organ. CIBI, formed in 1972, is an expanding international school and
educational membership organization.
Mzee Sanyika and Mzee Makini Anwisye, co-founders and co-directors of NAV/HNKA/DI,
entered their 35th year of marriage in January 2010. They have four children, one daughter-in-law,
and three grandchildren. They have worked in the movement and with children since the late 1960s
and have worked as a team since meeting in 1973.
They consider service and fidelity to the Creator, our ancestors, family, race and humankind to be
the best and most important credentials. Along the way, however, they have also acquired several
academic and community degrees and awards, among which are: the Fundi title and certificate in
African education; the Brothers To Brothers and Sisters Too Respect for Life Award,
CORO Foundation Graduate Fellows Program (1978); degrees in education, clinical &
educational psychology; Better Family Life Community Service Award (1989); American Muslim
Mission Excellence in Community Education Award (1984); Association of Black
Psychologists-St. Louis Chapter Education Commendation, Council of Independent Black
Institutions Nationbuilding Award, Legion of Black Collegians (U. of MO) Liberation Award,
the Student-Parent/Infant Interaction Program (St. Louis Public Schools) Outstanding Service
Award, the Harambee Institute Golden Ankh Award, and the Washington University W.E.B.
Baba Sanyika is a former member of the faculty of Washington University’s African Studies
Department where he taught Black Psychology. He chaired the education committee for the
1984, 1988 and 1992 Missouri Statewide Black Political Conventions, organized by what is now
the Universal African People’s Organization (UAPO).
They are frequent workshop presenters and guest lecturers for organizations, schools and
universities. In addition to TV’s Talking But We Don’t Have to Listen (1983, 2008), they are the
authors of The Plan: Level 6 – Our New Day Begun (1984) and Blessings Not Curses:
Countering the Deleterious Effects of Profanity on the African (Black) Community (2003); the
articles and monographs Education is More Than the 3R’s (1993), Teachers Must Teach –
Parents Must Parent (1987), Teach Your Children Don’t Just Tell Them (1999), The African
Personality: Lubrication for Liberation – Can African People Get Along? (2001, 2007),
Comfort Now or Freedom Later? (2000, 2006), CIBI at 30: Education for Liberation (2002),
The Home Inventory for Academic Success (1981), The Social Development Inventory
(1983); and the recitation, Pledge to the Meaning of the African People’s Flag (1979).
They say, “Working for the sovereignty and nationhood of our people is crucial; but it means
nothing unless it includes working for and building unity in one’s own family.”
Blessings Not Curses: About the Authors