Arizona Alliance of Black
Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed., is a Transformation Facilitator and Life Coach with over thirty years experience in community outreach programs, diversity training and African American History. He is the founder of Creative Interchange, an organization whose mission is to enhance personal and community social capital through changed philosophies, personal empowerment and self-actualization. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He was recognized by Community Pride Magazine (December 2000), Charlotte’s African American magazine, as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Black Men. Mr. Daniels is most proud of being recognized by the editorial staff of The Charlotte Observer as a “Hero of Democracy,” (July 4, 2001) and for having played an active role in the United Nations World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held late August – early September 2001, in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Daniels also shared his considerable talents with those attending the African and African Descendants World Conference Against Racism held in Barbados from October 1-6, 2002. He facilitated workshops and spoke at plenary sessions. Mr. Daniels has also chaired meetings of the Global Afrikan Congress in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Paris, and Accra as well as having organized and moderated the April 12, 2007, Crisis of Young African American Males in Charlotte Town Hall Meeting which was attended by over 400 persons and has organized and served as chief historian for several Civil Rights Heritage Tours to Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery, Alabama with stops in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia.
When not fulfilling civic responsibilities Mr. Daniels enjoys international travel (he has visited Africa and Europe many times), reading, listening to classical jazz, cycling, long-distance running, and has completed over a dozen marathons (26.2 miles). His published works include To Your Journey: Forty Clues to Self-Actualization and From Queens to Quantico: A United States Marine’s Story.
For many, “good health” is the absence of illness.
It is a mindset void of conscious and deliberate decisions made to embrace wellness, the process of continuously striving towards one’s level of optimal health. In far too many instances the prevailing mindset is to run the body until it breaks and then turn to the medical profession for a “magic bullet” to make everything fine again. This experiential session provides an opportunity for participants to establish a viable personal program that results in their continuously striving for optimal health in mind, body, and spirit. As African Americans we stand on the shoulders of those that made a way out of no way. With the baton now in our hands, it is incumbent us to be able to give all that we can. Embracing the tenets of wellness provides the requisite mindset for indeed, changed philosophies lead to changed behavior.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.