To Feed Our Children

Photo above @ The Edmonton Journal. The Edmonton Journal captures AfroQuiz 2012 host Nqobile Mtshiya as he opens the 20th anniversary show with the 8-9 year old category.

In January, 1969, The first Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program was initiated in Oakland. Because of the program, the message of the Panthers “catch a fire” across their country, quickly growing to feed over 10,000 children every day before school. This, more than anything, is what made them a threat to a fundamentally flawed and failing system. Decades after the Panthers were attacked for their “radical” idea, Free lunch programs were implemented in schools and its obvious to us now, how revolutionary that concept was and that it was something to support not fear.

Black history will always be a hot topic whether it be an all-black school in Toronto or Fil Fraser’s book, “How the Blacks Built Canada”. It remains a conversation starter simply because it has been rendered invisible or revised beyond recognition in our public school systems. AfroQuiz’ laudable goals to “feed” the children feels more like fun than revolutionary but, it addresses the hunger in its own way, so join in next year, its good and there is plenty.

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