Friday, March 3, 2017

Retrace Oakland's Black Panther history using this cool tour guide app


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link: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Retrace-Black-Panther-history-in-Oakland-using-10917844.php

Summary: There is a new app called Detour that offers a GPS guided tour around cities to the landmarks of the Black Panther Party's beginnings. Its is available in cities like San Francisco and Oakland. The tour in Oakland starts at Santa Fe elementary school and through the North Oakland Santa Fe neighborhood. Where the Black Panther Party started. During the tour you are exposed to Stories and narration of the first hand accounts of members of the Black Panther Party. You visit many of the locations inhabited by the members. There are activities you can do at a number of the stops. For instance you can get a piece of Sweet Potato Pie at the groups headquarters, or pick raspberries or donate books while you walk. Its a  brand new way to explore the city and learn about its history at the same time.  

Connection: It connects to the Civil rights movement because they were a group who believed on all the power to all the people and reclaiming black cultures and embracing the blackness of their people. They believed in self defense and made programs to help and educate their children. They created programs for senior citizens. 

Discussion questions: 
If we had the option to do this activity during class would you participate. 

 Do you think that this app is a good way to connect the past to the present and educate current generations on the Black Panther Party. 

Do you think it was a good idea to release this app during Black History Month.


9 comments:

  1. I think this app is a really cool and interesting way to not only educate yourself, but also get out of the house and get some exercise and explore the history around us. In a way it is similar to Pokemon Go because it got people to go outside rather than sit at home. If we had this activity in class I would definitely participate. I believe that this is a great way to connect the past to the present because it uses modern methods to learn about the past, making it more fun and relevant to us. I think this is the perfect time to release this app because this app will educate us about black history, during black history month.

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  2. I do think I would participate, it is a very interactive tour and it gets students up and going to do something that gets your body moving. I think this app is a very good way to connect the past and the future because it is an app on a smartphone and we are learning about a past civil rights movement. Yes, I do think it was good to release it during Black History Month because BHM is a time to remember the history of civil rights of black people. This app does exactly that.

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  3. I think I would participate, because it brings a fun and interactive aspect to history, and the civil rights movement. I think this app is a good way to educate the public of the history of the Black Panther Party, as long as the information is un biased and historically accurate. But this would be a very good way to connect the past to the present.

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  4. I agree with leyla.. i would also participate in this because it seems like a fun activity. The app seems to be like an educative app where people can take a lot from it. In my opinion this would be a great method to learn from the past and connect to the present.

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  5. I would participate if this was an activity in class, because I think it's a great way to search on your own the information of such an important and large group that is significant to history.

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  6. I second Aaron's statement that this app can really get in tune with the cultural history of Oakland. I also feel that in a city like Oakland, it's important to provide people education the local spectrum because it extends outside the regular school curriculum while giving new insight into the local perspective.

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  7. I believe this app is really cool. If we could do this in class i would participate. But in all honestly i beleive all of this is bull, because why should black people be one of the only ones to have to protect their race? when in reality we are all the same race, were just colored differently, all of this black lives matter and stuff, all lives matter. I blame the whites and slavery for all of this and i dont believe none of this is right. We are all the same and different in ways, why should people be treated differenlt just because of color, like thats childish if you think about it. BTW CATCH ME IN OAKLAND SWINGING THE 50!!!!!!!!!

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  8. If we had the option to use this app during class I would definitely participate. I think it was very effective to release this app during Black History Month because it allows people to learn a lot more during BHM. This app allows people to become more interactive while being educated.

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  9. If we had the option to do this activity during class I think that it would be a great experience. I think that this would be a great way to learn about the history of the culture of Oakland and other cities. I think this is a great way to connect the past to the present in an interesting way. I think that it was more effective to release this app during Black History Month because it will educate more people on the history.

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