Hotep Means Peace

"Peace in self, is where peace begins...before violence there was injustice. Before injustice there was Hotep."

Hotep!

The Adventures of Hotep

  • Nattional Morehouse College Alumni Association Community Service Recipient

  • Honored to be recongnized by The National Morehouse College Alumni Association for Mo' Better Food - connecting African- American farmers to the Bay Area,
  • MLK Volunteer day at Castlemont

  • Mo' Better Food and East Oakland School of th Arts and volunteers came together to revamp the school garden at Castlemont high school. About a month later, I returned to visit the garden and saw some weeds had returned. The idea of a 1st Saturday volunteer day came to mind as a way to maintain the efforts of volunteering. SeeL 1stSaturdays.com
  • This image of faces represents a schools #Familyhood

  • Each of the faces represents students, parents and alum of every school working in collaboratio.
  • Hotep was the mascot of the Mandla Farmers Markt

  • We moved the market frm McClymonds High School to the corner of Mandela Ave and 7th street in West Oakland. We changed the name to the Mandela's Farmer as we planned for the grocery store.
  • Hotep Mean Peace

  • A random shot of David N. Roach at the farmers market

Nattional Morehouse College Alumni Association Community Service Recipient

Honored to be recongnized by The National Morehouse College Alumni Association for Mo' Better Food - connecting African- American farmers to the Bay Area,

MLK Volunteer day at Castlemont

Mo' Better Food and East Oakland School of th Arts and volunteers came together to revamp the school garden at Castlemont high school. About a month later, I returned to visit the garden and saw some weeds had returned. The idea of a 1st Saturday volunteer day came to mind as a way to maintain the efforts of volunteering. SeeL 1stSaturdays.com 1st Saturdays.com

This image of faces represents a schools #Familyhood

Each of the faces represents students, parents and alum of every school working in collaboratio. Read about #Familyhood

Hotep was the mascot of the Mandla Farmers Markt

We moved the market frm McClymonds High School to the corner of Mandela Ave and 7th street in West Oakland. We changed the name to the Mandela's Farmer as we planned for the grocery store.

Hotep Mean Peace

A random shot of David N. Roach at the farmers market

Hotep at the Mo' Better Food Market

The Front yard at McClymonds High School

I moved to Oakland, Ca and taught at Castlemont High school. While at Castlemont, a student returned to visit and was feeding her child candy. I asked, why are you feeding that baby candy? Her response, "where can I find fruit in this community Mr. Roach?  A year or two later, we kicked off the Mo' Better Food farmers market at McClymonds High School. I directed the Business Academy at McClymonds. I shared with my students news of the Pigsford vrs U.S.D.A. Class action lawsuit, which outlined discrimination Black farmers were receiving from the United States Department of Agriculture. We decided to start a farmers market at McClynmonds. Thge market was run by my students. Hotep was the mascot for The Mo' Better Food Market at McClymonds high school.

Congresswomen Barbara Lee recognizes Mo' Better Food

As we were planning the 1st Black Farmers Conference/ Celebration, one of Barbara Lee's staff members hand delivered this Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. We were truly honored to be recognized by the only Congress person to say "no to war".

Hotep and the Hungry DJ Posse

After a little wear in tear, the banner started losing some of Hotep's good looks! Regardless, I had a lot of vinyl and chess pieces to move, while the people shopped supporting African- American farmers. Brother Yafeu Tyhimba and myself dj'ed. Together, we called ourselves, "The Hungry Dj Posse. "

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Artist/Writer David N. Roach

I was given an assignment to seek economic solutions for the African -American community in a Urban Economic Public Policy class at Morehouse College. I discovered many problems. Problems in housing. Problems in education. Problems in health disparities, etc. But rarely, were solutions given. I begin to search within Black history for the answers. Meaning, despite all these problems, how did we, our ancestors manage? What strategies, visions did they derive? During my research, I came across this book "The Journey of the Songhai People." by Robinson, Battle & Robinson, which states, ' We strongly believe that along with our quest to deprogram the entire society as a solution to the problem that we must project the truth and benefits of Black People's kinship ties. We believe that the 'Lunda' people were totally correct." A later read in Chancellor William's book, "Destruction of Black Civilization" " No people in African history used the concept of kinship ties more effectively then the Lunda in the remarkable expansion of their empire. Even more remarkable than the territorial expansion of the Lunda empire was their idea of a nation as one big brotherhood.

During my research I discovered the plight of African- American farmers. At that time, African-American farmers were losing 500,000 acres of land a year and projected to be landless by 2000. I read the book, "Up From Slavery" by Booker T. Washington and ,learned of his efforts to create a sustainable model from the land up. "Caste your bucket where you are," Booker T. Washington said. He recruited Dr. George Washington Carver, who had just received his Masters in Agriculture from Iowa State. Dr. Carver ran the Agricultural Department and Thomas Campbell took he education of Tuskegee on wheels.  I believed then, as I do today, a Tuskegee Normal School model could help us develop today. The solution, I concluded, was for the African -American community to feed ourselves out of poverty by supporting our farmers, while strengthening out kinship ties and preserving the land we owned.  After writing the paper, I was inspired to prove it and share with others our rich history of achievements often neglected in America's educational system. I took a Desktop Publishing class at Clark Atlanta University over my last summer in Atlanta, and started publishing a magazine called Lunda- The Idea of Familyhood, when I returned to the Bay Area.  Hotep was the mascot of this magazine. In addition to writing about these "models of development", I wanted to prove my theories and Co-founded the 501 (C-3) corporation, The Familyhood Connection.  Our mission is to promote programs that bring the generations together to improve communities. One of these programs became Mo' Better Food. Hotep, was our mascot.

Familyhood and its "do now" strategy 1st Saturdays

1st Saturdays represents the 1st Saturday of each month to volunteer in schools

Familyhood is the collaboration of the schools Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alum Association. 1st Saturdays promotes these main school based to come together each month.

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The Two Motto's of Familyhood are: 1) Friends of School and 2) Mo' Better Food

1) Friends of School states - "Every school shall have a functioning Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alum Association." 2) Mo' Better Food states - "every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store."

In short, as the school grows in membership (meaning Students are joining their Student Government Association, Parents are joining the Parent Teacher Association and Alum are joining their Alumni Association), the school grows in capacity to  operate a  school - beased grocery store.