Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamaal Brown.
Jamaal, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like countless other young African American students in high school, my plans for the future were unfocused. I saw the roles for myself and others like me limited to being: an athlete, drug-dealer, gang member or entertainer. I chose to pursue basketball as my ticket to fame, fortune and a better life for his family. However, unfortunately (or fortunately) these aspirations were dismissed when I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and told he could never play basketball again.
Thankfully, while in high school, I was exposed to books and information that aided me in gaining a better knowledge of myself and the contributions of people like me throughout history. In the year 2000, I graduated as Lancaster High School’s first-ever African American Valedictorian. I was accepted to eight universities and received approximately $50,000 in scholarships.
Today, I am a speaker and the CEO of the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Foundation, a non-profit that promotes culturally-relevant education and scholarship. For the past 11 years, I have published one the nation’s top daily Black History facts calendars. The Black365 Calendar, found at www.Black365.US highlights an event in Black History every day. In 2019 my company added two editions of Black History Cards and a Black History book to what we offer. They all can be found at BlackHistoryCards.com. The crown jewel of what we do is the Black365 Knowledge Bowl. The Knowledge Bowl is a Jeopardy-style Black History quiz competition where teams of students face off against one another while answering a series of Black History questions for trophies and prizes. We have provided more than $30,000 in scholarship funds to the more than 200 students who have participated in our Knowledge Bowls. Find out more at Black365KnowledgeBowl.com
Additionally, my team and I recognized that the heros and sheros in Hispanic History do not receive their just accolades. So, in 2018, we created the world’s first, and only, 365 Days of Hispanic Heritage Calendar. This unique teaching tool can be found at LatinoCalendar.com. We have partnered with a number of school districts and now provide Latino Knowledge Bowls as well!
Lastly, I am a professionally trained public speaker. I blend my life experiences, which include enduring heart surgery in high school, studying in Africa for fifteen days on an educational tour, and more than 20 years of Black History scholarship into a variety of presentations.
Partial List of Speaking Engagements and Awards:
White House Volunteer Service Award for Excellence in Education
Edward’s Air Force Base African American History Celebration (Keynote)
UCLA’s I’m Going to College Symposium (Presenter)
Lancaster School District (Keynote)
Palmdale School District (Keynote)
Cal State University, Long Beach: Black Consciousness Conference (Presenter)
California State University, Northridge: Black History event (Presenter)
Lancaster African American Chamber of Commerce: 1st Annual Awards Gala (Keynote)
Livingstone Cathedral of Worship (Keynote)
Zoe Ministries (Keynote)
The Antelope Valley Community Kwanzaa Night (Keynote)
The Umoja Program (Presenter)
African American Male Educational Network and Development (A²MEND) (Presenter)
Partial List of Presentations:
Navigating the Road to the University: From Study Tips to Scholarships
The 7 Gems of Success For High School Students
Transformation Through Education
African American History: Then and Now
Strength Comes from Our History
Entrepreneurship 101: Centuries of Success
Has it been a smooth road?
One year I did not have the funds to produce the calendar. I had a number of long-time customers, fans, and friends who would not let me quit, give up, or even take a year off. So, I had to borrow the funds from my cousin in order to make it through. I am happy to say that I paid him back (with interest) and the 2020 edition of the Black365 Calendar represents the is the 11th consecutive year of our calendar being produced.
There were naysayers along the way that attempted to discourage me from starting the Black365 Knowledge Bowl. They said things like, “who wants to learn about Black History,” “who told you to create that?” You need a large team to pull something like that off. I am happy that I did not listen to the negative talk. For ten straight years now, elementary, junior high and college students answered 101 questions in Black History for trophies, prizes, medals and scholarships!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
At Black365 we provide culturally-relevant educational tools. Our best selling product is the Black365 Calendar. This calendar highlights an event in Black History every single day. Daily, you can learn about an individual, invention, or idea that shaped the globe. What we call Black History truly is the missing pages of world history.
Black History Cards, Edition 1: Conscious Quotations features 52 cards that are beautifully illustrated on the front, along with 52 inspirational quotations on the back! Order your now to see and hear 52 motivational quotations from some of our best and brightest minds. This deck of cards features quotations from Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Lena Horne, Malcolm X, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey and many more.
Black History Cards, Edition 2: Black History Icons from A to Z features African American legends from A to Z. Black History Cards offers you a fun and easy way to learn about the lives of 26 amazing individuals and their impact on the globe. This 26-card pack is filled with beautiful, full-color illustrations on the front and large print bullet points on the back that will inspire, uplift and encourage you and your family today. You can learn about Alexandre Dumas the author of the Three Musketeers and the Nutcracker, or how to be bold like Barack Obama, Courageous like Coretta Scott King, or how to be determined like Denzel Washington or Excellent like Ella Fitzgerald. If you want to learn something about us every day then this is the card pack for you.
A to Z Character Traits in Me: Words of Wisdom for Living Your Best Life is a book that features positive character traits from A to Z, along with their definitions, and biographies of African Americans who demonstrated those positive character traits throughout their lifetime.
We created the Latino Calendar to proudly display, celebrate, and encourage educational conversation about the amazing Hispanic/Latino culture, safely and respectfully in schools, homes and businesses. We are extremely proud to present to the world, the only 365 Days of Latino Facts Calendar. – LatinoCalendar.com
Many of our products feature QR codes. This allows the incorporation of technology. Things like this make our products fun and interactive for people of all ages.
A portion of the proceeds from all of our products helps fund our scholarship efforts.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a place of rich history and culture. The diversity of people, along with the various cultures and backgrounds makes what we offer at BlackHistoryCards.com and LatinoCalendar.com a great fit.
It is important to learn about our neighbors, friends, and classmates. Our products allow people to do just that.
Certainly, Los Angeles is a great place to plant your roots. I know they say this about New York; however, I feel if you can make it in Los Angles, then you can make it anywhere in the world!
- Black365 Super Saver Bundle Our BEST value available! Receive : $45
- Black365 Calendar – $15
- Latino Calendar $15
- Black History Cards, Edition 1: Conscious Quotations – $15
- Black History Cards, Edition 2: Black History Icons from A to Z – $15
- A to Z Character Traits in Me: Words of Wisdom for Living Your Best Life – $19.95
- Website: BlackHistoryCards.com, LatinoCalendar.com, Black365KnowledgeBowl.com
- Phone: 6616098193
- Email: info@black365.US, info@LatinoCalendar.com
- Instagram: @Black365Calendar, @LatinoCalendar, @BlackHistoryCards
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Black365US and https://www.facebook.com/LatinoCalendar
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/black365?lang=en
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