Gotham Professional Arts Academy Values
"Being oppressed means the absence of choices"--Bell Hooks
Gotham community members:
Nzinga was an African queen in the 17th century. Her power as a leader rose because of her ability to diffuse conflict and bring opposing groups together peacefully.
-don’t contribute to violence and tension; be an example/’upstander’
Amina was a warrior queen in 16th century Africa who demanded respect for herself and her people.
-respect for creative product and voice
Choose Advocacy and Activism
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 and devoted her life to freeing her people.
-acknowledge our own needs and get them met. Be willing to help others in need.
Choose Intellectual Curiosity
Ida B. Wells was a teacher and journalist in the early 1900’s who was involved in every single social justice movement of her time. She saw how societal issues of race, class and gender were interconnected and she fought for system wide changes.
-Choose to be an agent of social change