In the summer of 2011, I attended a teacher certification (Act 48) workshop. Upon completion, the workshop gave academic credit to attendees toward active certificate status. At the workshop, sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College, and the Pittsburgh School District. Professors from both colleges and the Curriculum Director of the Pittsburgh Schools taught twenty-five to thirty teachers that Africans brought as slaves to America created “The Blues.” The theory purposed was that these slaves remembered the sound of the Quran being sung at daily prayers and translated those sound combinations into the style of “The Blues.” With no real historic evidence, accompanied by prepared lesson plans, the teachers were encouraged to take these Islamic lies into their classrooms and teach them to their students. The Professors forgot to mention that the slaves were sold into slavery by Muslim slave traders.

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