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Like A Tree Without Roots


Ken Stiggers

Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo's Discount Dollar Store is ready to educate the Ghetto Science Community during Black History Month with the 'From Here to Timbuktu Sale.' An interview on C-SPAN 2, featuring Mr. Randall Robinson, an African American lawyer, author and activist, inspired our fearless leader, Jojo. He listened to Mr. Robinson eloquently break down why black people living without knowing their history is extremely dangerous.

"In three minutes, Mr. Robinson shared an inspiring story about Timbuktu, a city in the West African nation of Mali. In its Golden Age, the town's numerous Islamic scholars and extensive trading network made possible an important book trade. Timbuktu was a scholarly center in Africa where smart people once thrived.

"The late Marcus Garvey said, 'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.' This means that poor African American communities live in danger. I guess it's because of all of those fallen trees dealing with lack of education, depression and hopelessness. Therefore, self-knowledge ensures better health, development, and well-being.

"Jojo's Discount Dollar Store wants to end the dangerous oppressive cycle of misinformation and miseducation by recreating the legend of Timbuktu.

"Along with selling low-priced items for a dollar, Jojo's Discount Dollar Store will host informative black history presentations, book sales and cultural entertainment in isle 7 and 2/3.  

"Jojo's Discount Dollar Store invites the Ghetto Science Community to take an uplifting Black History journey at the 'From Here to Timbuktu Sale.'"

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