Angel Harriott, Charleston native and Burke High School alumna, recently published a textbook and workbook for children to teach them about a rich legacy of African history and contributions prior to enslavement.
In this first volume of the series, “Journey to Nubia and Kemet: Exploring African History, Culture and Contributions”, Harriott uses a compilation of research from noted historians, such as Dr. Asa Hilliard and Anthony Browder to tell the story of people of African ancestry who were forced to migrate to many countries, including the USA, the Caribbean and Brazil. Volume 1 begins to detail the origin, journey and some contributions that highlight the story of Africans while living in their homelands of Nubia and Kemet and their influence throughout the world. She traveled abroad to capture photographs of artifacts from ancient Egypt to include as visual aids. Angel’s goal is to use the book as a resource to educate, inspire, and empower students; to promote cultural competency, self-awareness and positive racial identity; and to further advance the concept of global citizenship and mutual respect at a young age. She would like the book to be a resource for public and private school curriculum to promote cultural competency. She recently launched the Global Journey for Children, Inc. Summer Camp Workshops in collaboration with Patriots Technology Training Center (The Intersection of African History and STEM). You can learn more about related projects and purchase the book by visiting the website at Ajourneyforchildren.org.
Harriott also attended Charleston High and spent her childhood in Charleston where her family goes back several generations from Johns and James Islands. She left to attend Howard University. After completing college she remained in the Washington, DC and resides there to this day.
In the past year, Harriott has been engulfed in exploring the history of Charleston that she never learned as a child in school – information that all children, particularly children of color, should know about themselves and their ancestors. She wrote this textbook and the entire series to make sure that the generations that follow her have an opportunity to learn more about who they are, where they came from and the stories that unfold and bind us as families and communities of people. The next textbook will focus on Charleston sea islands as she wants to share the history of the ancestral link between Africa and Charleston in addition to other sea islands.
Harriott is the founder and President of Global Journey for Children, Inc. She is an alumna of both Howard University and Bowie State University. She holds degrees and licensure in counseling psychology. Angel currently works with higher education institutions and advocates for students. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, National Association for Workforce Development Professionals, University Professional and Continuing Education Association and recently contributed to the North America Regional Consultation on Rethinking Education in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).