Interview with Iman Proctor
What is your experience with cultivating the genius of black children?
I haven’t read the book, nor have I attended a workshop related to the book. I’m very interested about the book. I’m very interested about the workshops.
What is your personal learning style?
I think I’m a hands-on type of person. Like, don’t tell me. Let me walk through it as you’re telling me. Like, Me physically doing what you’re telling me. Because if you do it for me, it went right in and out the other. Like, that doesn’t work for me that well because I won’t be able to retain information because I have, like a photographic memory. So I imitate what I see. I also like reading. You constantly come across this word naturally, in a second, you’re going to remember what it is.
How do you want to help cultivate the genius of black children?
Give up any information that I have, be willing to be there for studies, keep my children involved, make sure that we grow as a unit, make sure every voice is heard, make sure we’re looking at every nook and cranny, make sure no one gets left behind, make sure we’re understanding what it is the person needs from us.
I grew up in Seattle, Greater Seattle. Lived in the Southend. I went to school in the CD. My era was fun, school was fun: from Spirit Week to the week where everybody’s getting into fights and getting in trouble. I also went to [some place] and they have a special ed program, so I remember some girls coming by, helping out, talked to them too. You don’t treat people different just because they have a different learning style, or if they talk different than you. It’s just like an accent, a positive. Because I did learn something. I think they could have taught us a lot more. You know, when it comes to our brown skin, we didn’t learn about credit. I’m just now learning about that towards the beginning of my thirties. That’s something that I feel that we’re lacking. You know brown skin people, we hear credit we hear free.