How can a strict, three point thesis be constructed articulating that Black leaders contribute to positive social change in academics or academia that include ideas like re-writing the history,...

How can a strict, three point thesis be constructed articulating that Black leaders contribute to positive social change in academics or academia that include ideas like re-writing the history, restructuring curriculums to include black studies, and community reformation?

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It seems that you have answered your own question within your question regarding how to formulate a strong thesis with three valid points discussing how to articulate the grave importance of how Black leadership can address improving the three points you have made.  The three points are the accurate reporting of history, restructuring curriculums to include black studies, and African-American community reformation.  If I understand your meaning, then you have those three strong points right there.  I will elucidate exactly how this is material for a strict three point thesis.

First, if we examine the vast majority of American school textbooks, we see a great marginalization of Black history within the confines of American society.  This can be clearly seen through any basic American history class, as most of what our students learn about the Black Experience is through the author's depiction of slaves in the South, and the ensuing Civil War that lead to emancipation.  However, if we are to truly do equal justice to the Black American Experience throughout history, then much more must be added to enhance learning.  A chapter or two in a history book just is not cutting it academically speaking or societally speaking, just as is only teaching the Harlem Renaissance in basic English classes.

The second strong point is the matter of positive social change in academia.  This is traditionally a political hot potato in any school district, because of the simple fact that the majority still makes the rules in a white majority society.  Not only is this fundamentally unfair to segregate African-American subject matter to their own class sections, such as Black American Literature, it is also a blatant insult to those equally important writers in our American heritage.  By briefly covering the topic of such prolific writers as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the obligatory overview of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., we are in essence abbreviating the contributions of Black authors and leaders that have invoked important and essential social change within our society.  What about other authors such as Derek Walcott?  Most students have no idea who this Caribbean poet even is, let alone his vast collection of beautiful poetry.  Despite Walcott's concentration on colonialization, there is still so much to learn from his lyrical poetry.  Essayists and speakers such as Frederick Douglass also get but a mention at best.  Academia needs to address all aspects of the American experience.  Such reform is needed if our educational system is to accurately portray the histories and contributions of a multi-cultural society.

To address your final and third point of community reformation, we must dig at the root of so many of our societal ills.  These problems stem from poverty, illiteracy and lack of higher education, and give rise to the violence of gang life, as well as criminal profiling, unemployment, and the gender role issues embedded deep within the Black community.  We need more action from religious circles, political leadership, parents, and civil rights leaders in order to effect the kind of change we need to see in a continually corroding world of prejudice and ignorance.  Only then will we as a human race recognize one another as valuable individuals who contribute to society, academia, and the making of history.  After all, the history of tomorrow is being written by the events of today.  Let us change the way in which we examine our American roots.

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