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Leading By History

Leading By History

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This podcast is dedicated to the advancement of practical knowledge and application in the areas of history and education. We desire to bring our listeners on a journey through time by showcasing educational, history-driven topics which will inspire the student and scholar alike. Get exclusive access to our hidden content today! - (Artwork by Baylor Design Studio - Music by M. Isra-Ul, for D28 Blessings)
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S4 Ep. 5 - Looking East - Ancient African Inspirations for a Modern African American Christian Worldview (Feat. Dr. Vince Bantu)
In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Dr. Vince Bantu to discuss his research into ancient African Christian liturgical languages and his perspectives on Christianity for African Americans today. While LBH is not a religious podcast, this show seeks to transcend dogmatic religious views in favor of discovering a rich African religious culture steeped in some of the earliest forms of Christianity. This episode shows the reach of Africana and its all encompassing presence even into the field of theology. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this episode - just inquisitive enough to understand the relevance of such a conversation. Are you ready? Click the listen button now!
June 29, 2022
S4 Ep. 4 - The Unsung Founding: African People and Freedom in the New World (Feat. Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles)
In this discussion, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles to discuss the process and products of history and the development and defense of New World settlements by Black people who "undermined slavery, and championed freedom throughout the hemisphere". While conventional history tends to reduce the roles of African Americans to antebellum slavery and the civil rights movement - the truth is that African people were forerunners of American founding (all three Americas) long before the English and other European migrants. Black people were omnipresent in the founding and advancement of the Americas, in every facet of American history as explorers, conquistadores, settlers, soldiers, sailors, servants, slaves, rebels, leaders, lawyers, litigants, laborers, artisans, artists, activists, translators, teachers, doctors, nurses, inventors, investors, merchants, mathematicians, scientists, scholars, engineers, entrepreneurs, and generals! Tune in NOW to find out the information that you've been missing!
June 29, 2022
S4 Ep. 3 - Beyond the Stars: Science and Life in the Modern World (Feat. Dr. Gibor Basri)
In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with astrophysicist Dr. Gibor Basri to discuss AstroPhysics, Religion and the Universe. The discussion is candid, intriguing and notable. From discussing the beginning of the universe and the creation of the moon to the Nation of Islam and the Dogon of Mali, this conversation is chock-full of interesting niche musings. It is the duty of every person to learn and grow their potential and this conversation is one worth listening to for that purpose. Dr. Basri is of Iraqi Jewish and Jamaican descent and is one of very few people of color in his field. Learn more about his journey and what keeps him inspired as you test the boundaries of your celestial knowledge. Come join us!
May 04, 2022
S4 Ep. 2 - Walking Through the Weeds: The Truth about Hemp (Feat. Bill Pickett)
In this episode of Leading By History, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Hemp farmer and co-owner of Virginia Hemp Commodities. Bill speaks with Ma'asehyahu about his work with Hemp and explains the difference between this plant and the often confused Cannabis Sativa. From daily uses of Hemp fibers to medicinal properties in the plant, this conversation enlightens those looking to understand this special plant. It is important to understand its proper use and improper use and how the current legalization of private use of Cannabis has confused the conversation for some. Tune in and be informed!
March 27, 2022
S4 Ep. 1 - #WhatWeWatch: A Beginners Guide to Movie Review and Reflection (Feat. Monique "Mo" Peach)
In this long anticipated new season of LBH, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul kicks off the new season with Mo Peach from #WhatWeWatch to discuss the purpose and power of movie review and reflection. In the first half of the show they tackle heavy content like ethnocentrism and marginalization in film. In the second half of the show they show clips from their Top 4 favorite films while walking the audience through critiques and reflections which support self-awareness and the assessing of the human condition. This is a great, fun show which is just deep enough to expand your thinking and fun enough to keep you tuned in. Don't miss this premiere episode of season 4! Tune in now!  Public Domain Movie Reference Clip Credits: Movie 1: The Matrix (1999); Warner Bros; The Wachowskis Movie 2: Malcolm X (1992); 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks; Spike Lee Movie 3: One Night In Miami (2020); Amazon Studios/ABKCO/Snoot Ent.; Regina King Movie 4: Django Unchained (2012); Weinstein Co./Columbia Pictures; Quentin Tarantino
February 27, 2022
S3 Ep. 14 - The Long Awaited Season Wrap UP
In this final episode of Season 3, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul retraces the steps of season 3 and prepares the listener for SEASON 4! There has been a lot going on this year and we have been able to make history with some of our most recent episodes. Be sure to go back and listen to any episodes you missed by listening to the episode numbers and descriptions. We are excited for you and thank you for your support as we enter our 4th season!
February 27, 2022
S3 Ep. 13 - It's More than Just an Act: Living History and Reenactments in the K-12 Classroom (Feat. Christy Coleman)
In this episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with public historian and Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation - Christy Coleman. The discussion is centered in Living History and the complicated role that historical reenactments play in historical education. Should classroom simulations address the historical realities of slavery and racism or should it be left "to the professionals" (in that space)? What exactly is a historical reenactment and how does this work translate into a K-12 classroom? If you are looking to find understanding and clarity on the "Dos and Don'ts" of reenactments and simulations - this is the show you need to access. Pull out your smart device and take notes because this will provide just the insight you need.
December 29, 2021
S3 Episode 12 - Sons of the Ancient Ones: African American Judaism in Chicago and Abroad (Feat. Rabbi Capers Funnye)
In this new episode, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down for a conversation with an intriguing and important man - Rabbi Capers Funnye. Not only is he First Lady Michelle Obama's first cousin but also the rabbi and spiritual leader of Chicago's oldest extant synagogue (Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation). The history of African American Jews in Chicago and throughout the United States is a history of rejection, commitment, perseverance, and determination. In this discussion we learn about the trials and successes of African American Jews in Chicago since the early 1900s and how the struggle for religious equality has been ongoing around the globe for Jews of African descent. From the oldest Black synagogue in Chicago to the first woman rabbi to be ordained by the Israelite Board of Rabbis, Inc., this is a story...a  history that you must not miss!
December 01, 2021
S3 Ep. 11 - The Deijha Check in - Egypt and Tanzania
In this brief episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul does a "Check in" with Deijha Gordon who was with us on Season 3 Ep. 5. If you want to find out what Deijha has been doing since she set up shop in Ghana, this episode will bring you up to speed. From Egypt to Tanzania, Deijha recounts her visits, her challenges and her aspirations. Come along for the journey! *To support Deijha in her business and travels, send a Cash App donation directly to $DeijhaGordon
October 24, 2021
S3 Ep. 10 - Geography and the Ancient World (Geography as the 'Tattle Tale' of History)
In this long awaited episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Professor Cyndi Parker about the power and purpose of geography for unravelling historical mysteries and disputes. Were the Egyptians white Europeans? Is Egypt in Africa or the Middle East?  How can we know the location of ancient events? Is religion developed within a geographical context? These questions and others like them will be points of interest within this dialogue. If you never thought that "mapping" your way through the world was important then this is the episode that you want to tune in to! As we continue to produce quality content, we look forward to your feedback. Thank you for supporting the Leading By History podcast!
October 03, 2021
S3 Ep. 9 - Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (feat. Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson
In this long awaited episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul delves deep into the work of Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson to discuss enslavement era constructs of race and beauty in the Atlantic world. We can't say enough about this discussion. The host made a decision to forgo a commercial break in this episode in order to maximize the time with the guest. If you are looking for a conversation about ideas of gender, sexuality and racism based in the concrete world of slavery - this is the episode. Welcome back to Leading By History!
August 13, 2021
S3 Ep. 8 - Transatlantic Threads: Textile entrepreneurship and Strategies to Freedom
In this episode we speak with Latin Americanist and transatlantic slavery scholar Dr. Mary Hicks about the history of free and enslaved people of African descent in Brazil. This discussion dives deeply into the perceived reality of African people in Brazil and their unique journey to preserve their Africanness and their identities while carving out meta-realities of freedom and liberation in a racially oppressive and colonialistic environment. From African mariners and traders to enslaved Africans in the South American continent, we discuss the complicated histories and ideas of the Portuguese imperial project. The history is complicated - morally and ethically and can be a bit messy but is without question enlightening and ultimately inspiring! Come along for this mental journey into the past with Leading By History!  Historical Images related to the discussion:
June 29, 2021
S3 Ep. 7 - What the data show about teacher bias in the K-12 classroom (Feat. Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report )
In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with educational journalist Jill Barshay to dig into some of her recent articles and the state of bias in K-12 classrooms. This discussion is one that will show the importance of anti-racist and anti-bias education and how even our most vulnerable students (those in K-2 education) can be in danger when teachers are not trained in culturally responsible approaches to instruction. If you want to make a change in our current state of education - start with this episode and chart a plan for change where you can make the biggest impact.
May 25, 2021
S3 Ep. 6 - Mobilizing Black Germany: A discussion about Afro-German Liberative Action (Feat. Dr. Tiffany Florvil)
In this episode of the Leading By History podcast, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Dr. Tiffany Florvil about the work of Black women in the cause of Black liberation in Germany. Many may not be familiar with the history of the Black struggle in Germany and this discussion will surely center this history in this episode. You can read more about Dr. Florvil's research in her book Mobilizing Black Germany. This is a thoughtful, transparent, eye-opening episode for us all!
May 05, 2021
S3 Ep. 5 - Ghana and Repatriation (w/ Deijha Gordon of Deijha's Views)
In this episode Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks via Google Meet with Deijha Gordon of Deijha's Views about her journey of repatriation to Ghana. From leaving the United States before covid-19, to opening a food business in Ghana and then having to return during the surge, Deijha details her successes and challenges with her attempt to repatriate to Ghana. Driven by a conviction that Africans in America should return to Africa, Deijha looks to help build a new society in which Africans from the Diaspora can form prosperous communities which benefit the continent as a whole. Tune in now to hear her story! *To support Deijha and her business/travels send a donation directly to $DeijhaGordon.
April 07, 2021
S3 Ep. 4 - When Sunday Comes: An Exploration of the Feeling, Impact and Power of Gospel Music (Feat. Dr. Claudrena Harold, UVA)
In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul taps back in with season 2 guest - Dr. Claudrena Harold, Chair of UVA's Corcoran Department of History to discuss her new book When Sunday Comes. Harold's book details the creative shifts, sonic innovations, theological tensions, and political assertions that transformed gospel music. This episode is inspiring and filled with great insight as the two historians dive into Gospel music as a vehicle for liberation and the message of redemption for Black people. They also weave into the impacts of Gospel music on hip-hop, R&B, Soul and African American life in general. If you want to hear an inspirational message which delves into the "souls of Black folk" and how we have overcome hardships and challenges through a unique outlook through the lens of freedom - this is not a show you want to miss. You will want to hang onto every word! 
March 11, 2021
S3 Ep. 3 - Joining the Cult....of Pedagogy! (Feat. Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy)
In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with the founder of Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez about the current state of K-12 teaching practice and how recent events have made it evident that there needs to be a major focus on critical thinking instead of rote memorization. Tasks rooted in Project-based learning provide opportunities for students to think, understand (in context) and solve problems relevant to their world. The "old way" of doing and thinking in K-12 education should be long gone and especially for K-12 teachers. If you need some tips on where to start then you want to tune in to THIS episode....It's time to join the Cult...of Pedagogy! You can learn more about Jennifer's work here @ Cult of Pedagogy
February 19, 2021
S3 Ep. 2 - The Monuments Which Built Bridges to Nowhere (Feat. Kevin Levin)
In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Civil War historian Kevin Levin to discuss Civil War memory and the creation of statuary at the end of the Reconstruction period which was produced in order to induce fear and reinforce the "Lost Cause" narrative. Kevin and Ma'asehyahu dig into historical imagery and uncover the history behind Richmond, Virginia's Monument Avenue and the recent controversy of Civil War monument removal in the city. You do not want to miss this conversation as it will surely motivate you to go and learn more! PATREON USERS go to in order to gain access to video footage and unedited episodes.
February 01, 2021
S3 Ep. 1 - Establishing Real Democratic Principles in Real-Time Around the World (Feat. Gemima Neves Barlow, M.A.)
Welcome to SEASON 3 of the Leading By History Podcast! We are back for ANOTHER YEAR of relevant and engaging content for 2021/2022! In this episode 1 of season 3, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Gemima Neves Barlow - Democratic executor and supporter of electoral integrity around the world. She has coordinated large international election observation missions in such countries as Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia and served in Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe in capacity as a program specialist. In this episode we go deep into what lead Gemima into this field and why the establishing of democratic principles in the furthermost places of the world is important to global success and peaceful continuity. If you thought you knew about the roots of democracy in the may want to reconsider learning more! Resources from the show: Afrobarometer at and Freedom House at You can contant Gemima at 
January 14, 2021
In this final episode of Season 2 of the Leading By History podcast, founder Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul walks the audience through the analytics for 2020 and explains the growth of the podcast over the last year. Having started in November of 2018, the continued growth of the podcast through 2020 has been amazing. We have had some of the most influential thinkers on this platform and Ma'asehyahu walks the listeners through a brief summary of each episode in the season so that those who missed those episodes can go back and catch them before starting Season 3. We ask that you continue to listen and share this podcast with everyone who is looking to grow in their knowledge of history and K-12 education. LBH seeks to bring you the information from those putting in the work real-time. We thank you for travelling with us this far and we honor you for your support!
January 04, 2021
S2 Ep. 17 - We hold These Resources to be Self-Evident (feat. Self-Evident Media)
In this episode of the Leading By History Podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Bayete' Ross-Smith of Self-Evident Media about the educational and historical resource selections which they are providing to teachers around the world. In the midst of a world-wide epidemic, which is causing many teachers to teach online, the resources from Self-Evident Media are not only promising for engaging students in "real" history but also much needed. For teachers who now have to consider asynchronous learning for students which compels them to not only complete the assignments but have a desire to learn more, SEM supports their end game. You don't want to miss the latest resources brought to you from folks who have walked the walk and have made a stern committment to helping students understand the importance of learning the truth about our past. Tune in now and be inspired!
November 28, 2020
Ep. 16 - Digital Coaching and Instruction During the Rise of covid-19 (Feat. Will Morris of EdConnective)
In this episode, we speak with Will Morris, the founder and chief executive of EdConnective - the trailblazers in the world of online coaching and observation. Will talks to us about his initial vision for EdConnective and how the changing post-covid educational world is providing opportunities for educational innovation in the midst of desperate challenges. If you want to be motivated by someone who is carving out a niche for educational change, this is an episode you want to listen to. There is hope for success in K-12 education and EdConnective wants to provide support and guidance to make this a reality.
November 09, 2020
S2 Ep. 15 - Psychology, Beauty and Black Identity (feat. Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka)
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka of Psychohairapy concerning Black Identity and the psychology of beauty.  Dr. Mbilishaka takes us through the lessons of self-love and how it is important to understand the meaning of identity and how it ties us back to our illustrious past as people of the African Diaspora. Who are you? Where are you from? What are you here to do? Do you know yourself enough to love yourself and accomplish your mission?  This conversation is heavy but refreshing, intriguing and insightful and is not one that you or your family will want to miss!
October 27, 2020
S2 Ep. 14 - The Importance and Impact of our DNA - A Reveal! w/ Dr. Gina Paige
In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Gina Paige of AFRICAN Ma'asehyahu gets his maternal (mother) mitochondrial DNA examined and gets a revelation of exactly who his ancestors were on his mother's mother's side of the family. If you want to understand DNA testing, the most efficient process for finding lineage and who Ma'asehyahu is descended from - this is an episode that you do NOT want to miss!. **For a limited time from December 7-11 2020, African Ancestry is offering a 5% discount on everything on their website for Leading By History listeners. Use the special code: LEADING to get your savings today.***
October 15, 2020
S2 Ep. 13 - Historical Literacy and Making the Humanties "Humane" for Our Children (Feat. Dr. Gholdy Muhammad)
In this episode 13 of season 2, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Gholnecsar "Gholdy" Muhammad (Professor and author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy). In this discussion, Dr. Muhammad speaks from experience. She has been an ELA teacher, history teacher, reading coach, district administrator, school board president and educational consultant. She addresses the need for culturally responsive ELA instruction blended with history, to create a framework of equity to first support and love children and then boost their levels of success in K-12 education. With a special emphasis on dismantling inequity and Eurocentric models for Black and brown children, Dr. Muhammad shares her heart for an educational world where all children can be free to have joy in learning and living.!
September 22, 2020
S2 Ep. 12 The Black Gods (Final) (Feat. Dr. Fatimah Fanusie)
In this final episode of the Black Gods series, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Fatimah Fanusie (Howard Thurman Historical Home Historian and scholar of African American Islamic history) about the influence of the Ahmadiyya movement on the Nation of Islam in America. Dr. Fanusie discusses partial aspects of her dissertation and current research, documenting historical and religious nuances in the theology of the early Nation of Islam which highlight Ahmadiyya influence. Why are terms like "colored man" or "poison book" found in the early writings of the Ahmdiyya decades before they are uncovered in early Nation of Islam writings of the 1930's? Could W.F. Muhammad (Fard Muhammad) actually have been an Indian follower of Ahmadiyya Islam who broke off to create his own stream of Islam for American Blacks? Get your notepads ready. Some of the answers are alluded to here...but you have to do your own research to verify! You do not want to miss this final episode if you are a fan of the Black Gods series!
September 03, 2020
S2 Ep. 11 - The Black Gods (Pt. 5) (Feat. Dr. Jose' Pimienta-Bey)
In this episode of Leading By History, Professor/Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a discussion with Dr. Jose' Pimienta-Bey (Associate Professor of African & African American Studies) of Berea College, Ky. about the philosophy and works of Noble Drew Ali. Discussing his research on Moorish history and his book Othello's children in the "New World", Dr. Pimienta-Bey brings out the information about the term "Moor" and its social/legal implications on the national and global level. If you have been waiting for an indepth discussion about one of the most influential and unsung leaders of "Black" people at the turn of the twentieth century  - THIS is the podcast you do not want to miss!
August 17, 2020
S2 Ep. 10 - The Black Gods and the Inner City (Pt. 4) (Feat. Dr. Menika Dirkson)
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with historian Menika Dirkson from Temple University's PhD history program. Menika speaks with us about her dissertation research which is focused on street organizations and unjust systems in the city of Philadeplphia. In this part 4 of the Black Gods series, Menika helps us to make the connection between black religious groups whose core ideology of self-sufficiency helped to spawn criminal organizations in the inner city. From the Nation of Islam to the Black Mafia Family to the Moorish Science Temple and the El Rukns (Black P. Stones), black religions have engendered a sense of pride which eventually became corrupted by  communities of inequity, injustice and poverty. Don't miss this episode if you struggle to see the connections!
July 08, 2020
S2 Ep. 9 - The Black Gods Pt. 3
In the previous episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul presented the premise that it was Marcus Mosiah Garvey who laid the groundwork for "Black Godism" in America. While there were others who presented themselves as "Gods" in black flesh (i.e. Father Divine), it was Garvey who defined the purpose and need for having a "Black God". In this part III, we delve into the history of the Five-Percenters and the Nubian Nation and how these organizations took Black Godism from the worship of an external deity into the "awakening" of being the embodiment of this deity. Welcome back as we continue this journey into black religion, identity and metaphysical liberation - compliments of  "the Black Gods".
June 11, 2020
S2 Ep. 8 - The Black Gods Pt. 2
In this follow up episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul continues his dive into the most influential black religions of modern inner-city society - while tracing them back to the Black nationalist philosophy of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. From the Rastafarian Tabernacle and the Moorish Science Temple of America to the Nation of Islam and the Five Percenters, we explore the historical link to the early pioneers of black liberation. Continue with us along this journey of black religion and black identity - compliments of  "the Black Gods".
May 19, 2020
S2 Ep. 7 - The Black Gods pt. 1
In this episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses the most influential black religions in modern inner-city society. From the Moorish Science Temple of America to the Nation of Islam and the Five Percenters, we embark upon a conversation of influence in music, style and language in America's urban culture. If you are unfamiliar with these groups, you will want to come along for the ride as we learn more about black religion and black identity from "the Black Gods".
April 29, 2020
S2 Ep. 6 - Teaching to Transform (feat. Liz Kleinrock)
In this episode of Leading By History we have a discussion with Liz Kleinrock in order to discuss the need to teach and transform classrooms with critical pedagogy focused in an Anti-bias/Anti-Racist approach. From racism to the current xenophobia attached to the novel corona virus, we travel into many areas and methods of effective practice. If you want to learn more about how to ensure that your classroom is one prepared for true learning and engagement - this is not an episode that you want to miss!
March 31, 2020
S2 Ep. 5 - Still Teaching Hard History (feat. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries)
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu IsraUl speaks with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries of the Teaching Hard History Podcast fame ( Discussing how teachers should navigate difficult subjects like slavery, the use of the "N-Word" in classrooms and how educators should "re-vision" curricula to engage historical truth, this episode is one that you will want to listen to again and again. Grab a seat and invite the educators you know to be a part of a relevant and ongoing discussion on things every history teacher needs to consider...
March 16, 2020
S2 Ep. 4 - Mathematics and History from ancient to modern times (Feat. LilMathGirl)
In this episode of the Leading by History podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu interviews part of the LilMathGirl team to discuss the connections between mathematics, the ancient world and modern applications. Many people have personal perceptions and opinions about math and history alike. Some are intimidated by these disciplines but a real and basic understanding of them remove the mystery and afford us an opportunity to see how each impacts us daily in positive and beneficial ways. Join LBH as we tag team with our math partners to take a journey into ancient Egypt and ancient Sumer to discover the foundations of mathematics and its influence in our modern time. You don't want to miss this week's episode! 
February 19, 2020
S2 Ep. 3 - Still in Demand (feat. Quan Neloms of
In this episode of the Leading By History podcast Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews Quan Neloms of the I AM IN DEMAND movement out of Detroit, MI. This is Quan's second time (since Ep. 19 - Season 1) on the show and in this episode he informs the audience of how the movement has grown and what it took to establish a system of support for black male educators. He also reveals the secrets of how to start a black male educators network in your district. (During the recording of this show we received information about the death of Kobe Bryant. We send condolences to his family and friends.) Welcome back to this week's Leading By History podcast.
February 18, 2020
S2 Ep. 2 - From Shi'ah Muslim Black Panther Cub to Educational Mentor and Trainer: The Journey of Sharif El-Mekki
In this new Season 2 episode of the LBH Podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a conversation with Philly's 7th Ward and Black Male Educators for Social Justice founder - Sharif El-Mekki. El-Mekki has an interesting story of being raised as a Black Panther Party cub in West Philadelphia and then being moved with his family to Iran to spend his middle school years. El-Mekki never had a desire to be an educator but at the behest of a childhood mentor, he was encouraged to apply. Almost 30 years later, El-Mekki has established two organizations and works to support, guide and retain young black male educators in the public school system. His unique and interesting story is one that will inspire and motivate you to do your part in making the world a better place for black youth in this country. You don't want to miss this episode of Leading By History!
January 21, 2020
S2 - Ep. 1 - Abraham Lincoln and His Notions of Race 1841-1865 (Feat. Dr. Lucas Morel, W&L University)
In this FIRST EPISODE (extended) of the new season of Leading By History, Dr. Lucas Morel of Washington & Lee University joins us to discuss the legacy of Abraham Lincoln as "Great Emancipator" or "White Supremacist". There has been much debate over the last several decades as to what Abraham Lincoln meant for African-American people and oppressed people world-wide. Some have viewed him as a great man who gave enslaved people in the U.S. their freedom and new opportunity, while others insist that he was not much different than the other white men of his day who promoted the superiority of the white race and cared little for the lives of the enslaved. Listen closely and fully as you weigh in with your own thoughts. This show is a must listen for the students of history and political science. Welcome back!
January 04, 2020
Ep. 23 - The Season 1 Wrap-up - Thank you all!
In this final episode of season 1 of the Leading By History podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul gives a "year in review" of the podcast from Episodes 1 through 22 (Season 1). This episode will be extremely helpful for those who are new to the show and would like to know the kinds of information and resources available through this platform. A brief summary of each episode will ensure that the listener can be motivated to hear the episodes which speak to them most. If you hear a subject you are interested in, each episode is noted by number for easy access.  Thank you to all of our supporters and get ready for a new season in the new year with new music, new guests and new topics which are sure to inform as well as educate!
January 02, 2020
Ep. 22 - Primary Sources, Historical Context and Resources for the K-12 Classroom
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses Primary sources and the importance of reviewing them within historical context. An image by Edward S. Curtis from the early 1900's is examined as well as online resources for K-12 teachers which will help them bring document examination into their classrooms. Special thanks to the Stanford Historical Education Group for the use of their "Case of the Clock" assessment found here:
November 11, 2019
Ep. 21 - History is more than just dates... Stop marginalizing it!
In this episode of Leading by History,  Education Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul addresses the current world of education in the United States which marginalizes history/social science (the social studies) in favor of other core content areas to the harm of K-12 students. History has been given "a bad rap" because of high-stakes testing which has forced history teachers to focus on dates and names - teaching broader and not deeper. This lack of critical pedagogy has harmed a generation of students who graduate without the ability to understand context, varying perspective, cause and consequence etc. If you want to understand the importance of history and why you need to support its instruction...this is an episode you do NOT want to miss!
October 14, 2019
Ep. 20 - Where are all of the Black Male Educators?
In this episode 20, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Mr. Ayodele Harrison (Host of Black Male Educators Talk/Community race and culture consultant) concerning the plight of the black male educator. With so few black men entering the field of education, there are yet too many obstacles keeping potentially excellent black male educators from serving the communities they reflect. This episode is a call to action to address this need and to work diligently to ensure that this "2 %" of educators increases immediately to reflect the demographics of the schools which need them most. Support this episode by listening, sharing and speaking with potential black male educators and do your part in helping them to become a part of this educational solution. 
September 16, 2019
Ep. 19 - We are in Demand - Black Male Educators Needed!
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews black male educators - Quan Neloms and Roderick Wallace concerning the new video for the Black Male Educators movement in the Michigan-Detroit area. In this interview these men discuss the power of hip hop as a vehicle to encourage and empower as well as the struggles of black male educators to be recognized as viable agents of change for inner-city school systems. This is an episode you do not want to miss!
September 02, 2019
Ep. 18 - To Be or Not to Be...The Charter School System
In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu speaks with Charter School Advocate Antoine Green concerning the ongoing debate about Charter Schools.  As an advocate and previous charter school board member, Mr. Green provides us with a perspective from first hand experience. The Nation's public school system is in crisis and many are looking for ways to change a failing trajectory. This is a most important conversation and one you do NOT WANT TO MISS!
August 12, 2019
Ep. 17 - To Freedom! The Journey of an Agent of Change (w/ CEO of the American Civil War Museum - Christy Coleman)
In this special, extended episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with CEO Christy Coleman to discuss her journey from childhood optimist to being one of the most influential agents of change with regard to America's Civil War narrative. Intriguing and informative, this interview is one long overdue. If you are looking to not only understand the new direction of the ACWM but also the seemingly provocative figure behind its most recent transformation, sit back, grab a cup of tea and listen to history at work! You don't want to miss any part of this extended show...
July 23, 2019
Ep. 16 - The Unveiling: Live at the Renaming of the Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard! (Feat. Congressman John Lewis)
During a time when Richmond, Va. is in poli-cultural transition as it pertains to renaming schools (J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary) and the discussion of removing Civil War hero statues, it has made a lasting decision - to rename the Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC), in partnership with the City of Richmond, Arthur Ashe Boulevard Initiative, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, co-hosted this official dedication ceremony which included such noted speakers as Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis (GA-05). Virginia’s native son Arthur Ashe was honored today with a well-deserved event. The dedication ceremony  was timed at the opening of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture's new exhibit "Determined: The 400 struggle for Black Equality” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in British North America.  For those of you who could not attend - here are portions of the event for your treasure!
July 08, 2019
Ep. 15 - Searching for Black Confederates - Myth or Reality? Feat. Kevin Levin
In this episode of Leading By History we interview researcher and author Kevin Levin (Searching for Black Confederates: the Civil War's Most Persistent Myth) about a most debated topic - the existence of black Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. This assertion has been pushed for three decades by some of the greatest supporters of the "Lost Cause" as well as prominent African-American professors. How could so many people be wrong? Have we been lied to yet again? For the answer to this question, you do not want to miss this week's Leading By History!
June 19, 2019
Ep. 14 - Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline w/ Specialist Kelisa Wing
In this episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Specialist Kelisa Wing to discuss the origins of the STPP and the steps needed to dismantle it. Kelisa is the author of Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which was released in 2018. She is an award winning educator and administrator, as well as a researcher and guest writer for several educational organizations. If you wanted to understand exactly what the Pipeline is and how to tear it down...this is the show you do NOT want to miss. THIS is your call to action!
May 29, 2019
Episode 13 - A casual conversation about the influence of Marcus Garvey on Black nationalism Pt. 2
 In this part 2, episode 13, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul continues his casual conversation with Dr. Adam Ewing - Professor of African-American history at Virginia Commonwealth University, concerning the influence of Marcus Garvey's political/spiritual ideology on the development of black nationalism around the world. If part 1 left you wanting more, here's your next "fix"...
May 13, 2019
Ep. 12 - A casual conversation about the influence of Marcus Garvey on Black nationalism (Pt. 1)
In this part 1, episode 12, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a casual and off the cuff discussion with Dr. Adam Ewing - Professor of African-American history at Virginia Commonwealth University, concerning the influence of Marcus Garvey's political/spiritual ideology on the development of black nationalism around the world. Have you ever considered being a proverbial  "fly on the wall" in the midst of a great intellectual conversation? This is your opportunity...Click the listen button now!
May 02, 2019
Ep. 11 - A Thoughtful Consideration of the Necessity and Weight of Black Scholarship (feat. Dr. Claudrena Harold)
In this week's extended episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews Dr. Claudrena Harold - Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. Their discussion focuses on the definition of "black scholarship" and whether there is a need for such a term. Dr. Harold minces no words in clearly defining the work of black scholarship and the continual need for a multinational and global view of historical research which motivates people to act on their humanity in the best interest of the marginalized and oppressed. You do not want to miss this week's show!
April 16, 2019
Ep. 10 - Racial Betrayal and the Founding of New Spain - Pt. II
This episode is the second part of Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul's discussion of the modern conceptualization of race and whether the actors of 16th century New Spain (Mexico and its surrounding areas) could be judged by such an understanding and perspective. Though controversial, the host challenges the listener to consider how black and indigenous people of the era viewed each other and why they would have supported the Spanish in the conquest of the region (knowing that they were sealing the fates of many of their own race). If you enjoyed Pt. I and were eager to hear more, you do not want to miss this week's Pt. II episode of the Leading By History podcast!
April 07, 2019
Ep. 9 - Racial Betrayal and the Founding of New Spain (An Introduction)
In this episode Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul reviews some of his research concerning Racial Betrayal in the Founding of New Spain (Mexico and surrounding territories). With the current talk of racism and the "social construct of race", it is important to examine the origins of race in the early Americas.  The story of Hernán Cortés provides the historical backdrop for the discussion. His exploits, fueled by a lust for power and wealth, continued a course of action started by Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) some two decades earlier. This course of action would disrupt the indigenous population of the Americas and inspire a caste of race amidst racial confusion for the years to come. You do not want to miss this week's examination of the history of race and conquest in "the New World".
March 04, 2019
This short part B episode covers three portions of speeches from Dr. David Jeck (Superintendent of Fauquire County Public Schools), Donna Columbo (President of the VA PTA) and Sarah Pederson (Local activist and VEA representative) at the Red for Ed March. Check out the Live, on-the-ground reporting from Leading By History's founder - Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul! Hear it exactly as it was!
February 13, 2019
Ep. 8 - Have YOU heard about the Red for Ed March in Richmond, Va?? (feat. Sarah Pederson)
 In this episode of Leading By History we interview teacher and educational activist Sarah Pederson. Sarah is a relatively new teacher in Richmond but she has a history of being outspoken in defense of fairness for students and teachers alike. Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Sarah in her classroom after school and discusses her motivations and inspirations for creating change in education. Known for cutting no corners or pulling punches, Sarah gives her encapsulated "manifesto" on teachers' unions, worker rights, and the fight for more funding in education. Live from "the trenches" we bring you this episode of Leading By History! (Episode 8b will feature clips from the march live....stay tuned.) 
February 13, 2019
Ep. 7 - "The Pipeline" (feat. Dr. Lynette Tannis)
 In this extended episode of Leading By History we interview Dr. Lynette Tannis of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, in order to discuss the school to prison pipeline with a special focus on the vulnerable children trapped within the Pipeline. Dr. Tannis is the author of the book Educating Incarcerated Youth: Exploring the Impact of Relationships, Expectations, Resources and Accountability. Today's extended episode will answer a great deal of questions you may have had and even address those you had not yet considered. 
February 05, 2019
Ep. 6 - A Time of Change: The Virginia Museum of History & Culture reveals a deeper story
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (formerly known as the Virginia Historical Society) was developed to preserve Virginia's rich colonial and revolutionary era history. Being established in 1831, a divisive time of race and politics, the society catered to the elite of American society. Over the years, the society has sought opportunities to shift its focus to engage a more diverse and complete narrative of Virginia and American history. Join Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul as he interviews the museum's resident scholar and curator Dr. Karen Sherry about the history of the museum and its latest ground-breaking exhibit "Determined: The 400 year struggle for Black Equality".
January 08, 2019
Ep. 5 - Raising our IQ around Trauma-informed Care (feat. Drs. C. Watlington and A.M. Muhammad)
Trauma-informed care and social emotional learning have become buzz words in our current system. Yet, these terms and the research behind them are gaining more support in being the under-girding of effective analysis and treatment for those suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and a host of other mental/emotional challenges. Today's program will feature a much needed discussion into the causes of trauma, its effects and a framework for supporting the health of those suffering from it. You do not want to miss this week's extended version of Leading By History...
December 28, 2018
Ep. 4 - A Visit with the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe (feat. Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown)
The Cheroenhaka tribe of Virginia once inhabited 41,000 acres of land in the area of South Hampton county. By the 1800's their land holdings had dwindled to 7,000 acres. Between 1821 and 1838 the Tribe had an acting chief ("queen") - Wane' Roonseraw (Edy Turner). She fought to protect the tribe's remaining land as well as its children (whom she wanted schooled on tribal lands to save their cherished and long-held customs from extinction). Follow Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul to Cattashowrock Town as he speaks with the tribe's current chief and champion - Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown on the bank of one of the Nottoway River's tributary streams. You don't want to miss this episode of the Leading By History Podcast!
December 02, 2018
Ep. 3 - How To Maintain Scholarly Integrity Without Denying One's Faith (feat. Dr. Michael L. Brown)
In this episode 3, renowned biblical language scholar and commentator - Dr. Michael L. Brown (Ph.D. in Near eastern languages and literature) speaks with Specialist Ma’asehyahu Isra-Ul about how to maintain scholarly integrity in spite of challenges to one's religious system. Learn the steps to becoming a scholar and how to remain one even when there are new findings which seem to oppose one's core beliefs. You do not want to miss this exclusive episode of Leading By History!
November 23, 2018
Ep. 2 - How Do I Choose the Right Career Path?? (feat. Debra Wheatman)
In this latest episode (2) of Leading By History, Specialist Ma’asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Debra Wheatman - the CEO of Careers Done Write about how to choose the right career path. Successful businessman Walt Disney is used as the exemplar in order to show how choosing the right career path can lead to great success. Buckle up and get ready for this latest journey into Leading By History!
November 12, 2018
Ep. 1 - What is Leading By History?? (w/ Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul)
In this first episode, Education Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses his life's journey and what led him into the field of education and the content of History and Social Science. Come along for an educational journey into the origins of the Leading By History podcast with an inner-city twist! Welcome to Leading By History...
November 12, 2018