African King Visits Alternative School To Talk About African Culture, Celebrate Black History Month

Saturday, February 08, 2014

His Royal Majesty Oba Adejuyigbe Egundjobi Alladohonu Oyewole Adefunmi II of the Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village visits Chattanooga for a two-day visit to talk about African culture and celebrate Black History Month.

During his visit to Chattanooga culminating in his appearance in Chattanooga’s Black History Month Parade on Saturday, His Royal Majesty Oba Adefunmi also visited schools on Friday including Washington Alternative School and The Howard School, sharing his message of wisdom from African culture and the elders, and saying prayers and blessings over the students. The McCallie School hosted a lunch for His Royal Majesty as he met students there and discussed his visit and the Black History Month parade this weekend.

Dr. Elenora Woods, president, of Alton Park Development Corporation, and George Calhoun, chairman of the Board partnered with Piney Woods Association in organizing the Chattanooga visit as part of Chattanooga’s Black History Month parade. Missy Crutchfield, CEO, GAIA (Global Action Initiatives Alliance), partnered to organize the local school tours with GAIA partner schools: Washington Alternative School Principal Dr. Rodney Knox and McCallie School Headmaster Dr. Kirk Walker.

Ms. Crutchfield shared with His Royal Majesty about GAIA’s Boyz Inc. program and collaboration with McCallie School's boys’ leadership camp last summer. She expressed she was excited to hear from the King as he shared about how in African culture they have distinct rites of passage for males, and the importance of boys emerging into men, and the responsibilities that holds for them.


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