Published on Jul 6, 2016
Today I interview Samantha on my channel. She talks about how she worked with her community to create an African-centered vegan homeschool out of her living room in Brooklyn. Samantha also talks about the fact that Black families is the single fastest homeschooling group in the U.S., and that homeschooling has the potential to create revolutionary change and empower communities of color. Samantha maintains that anything is possible, and that by working together, everyone can start a homeschool and a cooperative.
I met Samantha a few months ago when I moved to New York. I had the privilege of visiting the homeschool and meeting many of the incredible children and parents who make up the community. I hope that this video is widely shared and that Samantha’s story can inspire others to take on grassroots revolutionary change. Samantha has kindly offered to help anyone who would like to start a homeschool and hear more about their journey.
Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is truly an example of grassroots, revolutionary change that the vegan community should celebrate!!!
Thanks for watching and please share this amazing story 🙂
COMMENTS • 194
StringxBean8 months ago
This resonated with me: “Create your village. Find people who think like you, move like you, breathe like you, see the world like you.”
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MsEriKaT8 months ago
I can dig it
NickPlayMusic2 weeks ago
So that your world view may never be challenged. An appeal to segregation and isolation…brilliant!
Iain Anderson8 months ago
Samantha speaks so beautifully. Amazing :)
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ediesky1 month ago
Daniel Bermel complete over reaction
D.Lime101 month ago
ediesky No, it wasn’t a ‘complete overreaction’. the reaction to the original comment was quite valid. Not sure what all of the awe was about in seeing a young Black woman speak articulately unless one’s unconscious bias led them to the unspoken assumption that people of Samantha’s color or race on a mass level typically lack the capacity for such articulation of thought. This is not to say that the commenter is a bad person at all (no one has said that). Perhaps, the original commenter just doesn’t interact with folks like Samantha in large on a daily basis and was awe-struck in seeing someone like her, a grown and educated woman (who happens to be of color), speak articulately. He did genuinely express surprise. Anyway, this was an excellent vid on the topic of homeschooling as a primary alternative solution to problems of the current public education system. Hope you enjoyed the vid like I did. :-)
Stephanie Logan8 months ago
I have watched this twice now. I love it! Thanks for sharing!
a privileged vegan8 months ago
Thanks for watching! Yes it is amazing!!
Delectable Mountains6 months ago
I am a homeschool vegan mom with very little support, this was so uplifting
HOTSHOPSUEY2 months ago
Where are you located?
Delectable Mountains2 months ago
At the time of the original comment I was in Montana. I am currently in Oregon. There are not a lot of black people here, but there is a mix of cultures making life a lot easier.
Jahwan M5 months ago
I love her and her vibration! This was awesome, thank you!
a privileged vegan5 months ago
ME TOO :)
Shawan Milican5 months ago
I want this so much, I need to connect with like minded moms in my area. I know the ancestors are working on it. I’ll continue to stay open.
Raffaella Ciavatta6 months ago
Samantha, you’re incredible. The community you helped build is beautiful! <3 Reply 5 Sava8 months ago What an amazing interview! Thank you so much for your platform! Reply 5 rachaelxss3 months ago as a child i always wanted to be a teacher and i was even going to go to school for it but the education system is just so messed up, that was two years ago and i let that dream go. this has inspired me and i want to work from today on to start a homeschool like this and make this my career Reply 4 View all 3 replies dinaatjuh3 months ago (edited) I have been thinking about turning on the 'share' function on my personal FB. Sometimes I find gems like this and I just want to share them. So today I did and then I found this video. Shared it in public. Hopefully will inspire people. This is epic. Grass root change is the best change. I'm a daughter of a teacher, can totally relate Rachael. <3 Read more Reply 2 a privileged vegan2 months ago Thanks for sharing this video! Konjo Academy is incredible <3 Reply Reg Flowers8 months ago Yes!!! Reply 4 Tiama Johnson7 months ago This was everything 👏👏 wow!! Reply 3 thecreativeshopper2 months ago Absolutely helpful!!! I'll be reaching out to you. I plan on homeschooling my children this year and would like to find/ start a group similar to yours in upstate NY. Reply 2 Just Glowing3 months ago yes! in kindergarten my child got into trouble for HUGGING!! Reply 2 View all 4 replies BLAQ FYAH1 week ago I had the exact same experience. Im slowly realizing that my affectionate boys will have a hard time in a system that lacks diversity and full of people who disdain physical touch. Reply 1 Just Glowing1 week ago BLAQ FYAH I hope they don't have anything but good but it's a shame when children are punished for a loving nature and then later punished for being violent or given the stereotype of being violent. I'm trying to express these layers very quickly but hope u catch my intention. it's frustrating for parent & child... cuz society is crazy. I hate typing on my phone. lol. so I'm being lazy by not elaborating. Read more Reply DaughterofJacob4 months ago I want to homeschool my children, I am struggling with finding a curriculum to fit the African centered style. I will welcome any help and or information. Reply 2 a privileged vegan3 months ago You should email Samantha. Her information is in the description box! Reply Ashley Goe Dickerson4 months ago I wish I could '👍🏾' this vid 1000 times!!! This is such a beautiful and necessary program! Thank you for your work! I will be studying this model to do something similar in Detroit. ✊🏾👶🏽 Reply 2 a privileged vegan3 months ago Wonderful, best of luck to you!! And feel free to reach out to Konjo Academy-- the link to their information is in the description box. Reply lavidaesplendida5 months ago This kind of iniciatives are the ones that are changing the world for the better. Thank you for doing it and for inspiring us all! Reply 2 a privileged vegan5 months ago I agree!! Reply Joyce Tillery1 month ago My husband and I have been homeschooling our children for a very long time now. We have 5 children and have homeschooled 4 out of the five. We are on the last one, who is in the 9th grade, we wish we had a community like you have in downstate NY. Reply 1 ediesky1 month ago Love this idea, it can be really hard to find good schools! You're glowing from the vegan diet! Reply 1 Erica Richardson1 month ago Bless you! Reply 1 Tonia Bryant1 month ago ❤️❤️ Reply 1 Show more