Leading By History

Leading By History

By Leading By History
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. Visit our website @ www.leadingbyhistory.com

(Artwork by Baylor Design Studio - Music by M. Isra-Ul, for D28 Blessings)
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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!
41:09
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!
1:14:25
January 4, 2020
Ep. 23 - The Season Wrap-up - Thank you all!
In this final episode of the Leading By History podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul gives a "year in review" of the podcast from Episode 1 to the very end of the season. 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!
31:48
January 2, 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: https://sheg.stanford.edu/history-assessments/case-clock.
37:29
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!
38:21
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. 
41:38
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!
41:12
September 2, 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!
30:42
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...
1:02:34
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!
44:42
July 8, 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!
40:47
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!
38:50
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"...
30:05
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!
26:53
May 2, 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!
44:28
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!
27:14
April 7, 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".
40:17
March 4, 2019
Ep. 8b - LIVE FROM RED FOR ED!!!
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!
13:33
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.) 
29:18
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. 
53:40
February 5, 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".
37:40
January 8, 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...
52:37
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!
33:18
December 2, 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!
33:21
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!
33:50
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...
27:10
November 12, 2018