Thank You Letters

Excerpts from Thank You letters to MMVP

  • “The staff and pupils of Atasemanso R/C Primary School thoroughly enjoyed the time working with you and came to know you as a truly valuable asset to absolutely any team.  …The teacher workshop has really helped them to learn a lot of things, like to be proud to be African [and] your motivational strategy. I really enjoyed the time with you. I will never forget your excellent communication skills, moreover, your love for children. …Africa is proud of you and your word will forever remain with us as Africans.  Please keep it up and God bless.”

~ Rev. Sister Grace Nuamah, Headmistress, Atasemanso R/C Primary School, Kuamasi, Ghana

Rev. Sister Grace and MMVP with students of Atasemanso R/C Primary School

Rev. Sister Grace and MMVP with students of Atasemanso R/C Primary School, 2018

  • “Thank you for coming to Ghana to share with the children and teachers your knowledge of African history and how we can use that knowledge to make us better people.  Your one month stay as Educator-in-Residence… in Kumasi was awesome and you left your impact on the teachers and students.  … Your reaching beyond Atasemanso R/C Primary School into New Kokobiriko D/A Primary School, Bonwire D/A Primary School, Atasemanso JHS, Loki’s Bantama Children, the Scholars Rising and the Sunday Morning Girls was over and beyond and just marvelous.  …We are forever connected and you always have people in Africa who love you.”

~ Dawn M. Sutherland, Executive Director, Bridge-To-Africa Connection, Inc.

Dawn Sutherland and MMVP in Ghana

Dawn Sutherland and MMVP in Ghana

  • “…It was evident that teachers embraced the significant role that Black History has to play in inspiring positive growth and achievement in students. Teachers gave you high ratings for the passionate manner with which you convey your message, how well the workshop was conducted, and the knowledge you imparted particularly about local Black history. These are a few of their comments:
  1. “It’s just what I needed”
  2. “I like the fact that you made me realize how much I have to learn, I am energized!”
  3. “It opened a door for me”
  4. “I like the common sense of it all”
  5. “It made me think and revisit many things that I had forgotten”
  6. “It reinvigorated me and reminded me of my importance in the classroom and how I can make a difference.”

~ Frances Eddy, Education Working Group Chairperson, Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB)

Mwalimu teaching with her African Foundation Timeline

Mwalimu teaching with her African Foundation Timeline

  • “Your informative presentation was offered with flair and panache, taking a serious subject and injecting it with humor, common sense and insight, underscoring your salient points with your original poetry. …We have received amazing feedback and comments about your presentation, Friendship Before Relationship… Truly, you helped complete a terrific team of inspirational, motivational speakers and clearly touched the capacity filled ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.”

~ Janson Cross, Organizer, VIP Events, DREAM BIG with TRENT SHELTON LIVE IN BERMUDA

MMVP and Trent Sheldon,  Dream Big Event, Bermuda - Friendship Before Relationship

MMVP and Trent Sheldon, Dream Big Event, Bermuda – Friendship Before Relationship

  • “…Students and staff at both Cesar Chavez and James Flood Schools enjoyed your enthusiasm and expertise on black history. Not only did you arm our students with the knowledge and understanding of our heritage, but you also set the expectation of continued excellence. …During your parent workshop, you empowered parents to take control of the learning and development of their children’s minds and spirit. Concrete examples and strategies were shared with parents that equipped them with the tools our youth need in order to succeed. …Finally, your “Teacher, Know Thy Self” workshops for our teachers could not have come at a more poignant time. By asking teachers to reflect on their own health, wellness, and empowerment, you provided a means for evaluating their effectiveness. Teachers appreciated the time to reflect, learn, and begin a new journey of understanding.   You are a true champion of children and the learning process. It is my hope that you can continue to share your expertise and influence others in their professional growth.” 

~ Lisa Pruitt, Director of Professional Development, Ravenswood City School District, Palo Alto, California

Student assembly program

Student assembly program

  •  “…Your evening presentation was so inspiring and enlightening for the audience. Many of those in attendance were moved and said that your message was so informative. You marvelously weaved poetry, history and contemporary issues together. Your presentation was so full of history in context. It was thought provoking. It was also entertaining. You were wonderful with the students at Troup School. You encouraged a sense of self-confidence that challenged them to see themselves in a whole new light. You helped them articulate their goals and challenge themselves to change in order to meet those goals.   …Because of your spirit, knowledge, integrity and passion, the “Thank You Rosa Parks” Weekend was a great success. We look forward to future opportunities to bring you back to our city to continue inspiring.”

~ Dorthula “Dottie” Green, Founder, Thank You Rosa Parks, “Tribute to the Legacy of An American Heroine”, New Haven, Connecticut

Poetry reading at the Rosa Parks Celebration, New Haven, CT, 2015

Poetry reading at the Rosa Parks Celebration, New Haven, CT, 2015