CACRoP is a growing community of practitioners, facilitators, scholars, parents, and activist committed to the advocation,
study, development, and practice of an African-centered rites of passage
process. The coalition is open to anyone who advocates for African-centered rites of passage as the fundamental process by which an
authentic African sense of self is developed.
Basic Assumptions of African Centered Rites of Passage (adopted
in part from Dr. Anthony Mensah):
The Creator does not create for failure.
All humans are one with the Cosmos (the Creator and creation).
Every person has the capacity to succeed.
We are born with a driving intent to express the capacity
When the intent
of the Creator is not met with appropriate content, a person’s
potential for success is ruined.
content brings reaction, and not intellectual growth, and the
child’s ability to interact (use his or her
intelligence) falls increasingly behind. Thus, the further
one’s intelligence falls behind, the more energy must go into
With the infusion
of inappropriate content, the young person’s
intelligence is still out there in the previous passage, trying to
make functional [sense] the intent of the Creator.
He who does not cultivate his field will die of hunger.
of Passage in the child’s education provides
a meaningful response to the intent. The success of the Creator’s
plan hinges directly on the person (infant, child, adolescent,
or adult) being provided with content proper for the intent of
All persons who experience this type of education will
benefit from it.
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