The W.E.B Dubois Learning Center Press Presents
Future In Our Hands:
Institution Building For Supplementary Education
A Discourse on the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center by Leon Dixon, Jr.
About the Author
Leon Dixon, Jr., is a co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of the W.E.B.DuBois Learning Center. He is a charter member of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Black United Front (NBUF) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in mathematics from Texas Southern University, and is a retired mathematician and computational scientist from AlliedSignal, Inc., Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City.
In 1973, together with William "Bill" Grace, Dixon established the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center as an independent institution to provide tutorial services to elementary and secondary school children in the Greater Kansas City area. Since then, the Learning Center has provided assistance to thousands of our children through after-school sessions in computer science, reading, science, and Saturday morning sessions in mathematics. This has been accomplished through the recruitment of community volunteers interested in helping teach and mentor our youth. The Learning Center, which relies on community contributions for financial support, has grown from offering its services through Black churches in the community to holding sessions in its own facility at 5501 Cleveland , in Kansas City, Missouri.


Kudos about Future In Our Hands
Dr. Nathan Hare (Psychologist and Author) - "... Informative and interesting ... sparkles with intelligence and learning ... May be the first application of physical science concepts and methods to Black social issues."

Ossie Davis (Actor, Playwrite, and Director) - "A wonderfully hopeful guide for the future of education as it relates to our children ... the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center ... sets such a shining example for the rest of us to follow."

Dr. Conrad Worrill (Chairman, National Black United Front) - "The story of the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center is an inspiration to all of us who are truly concerned about taking the educational destiny of our children in our own hands ... if you really want to know how to build a Black independent institution, read Future In Our Hands."

Linda Carter (Administrator, Project First/Upward Bound) - "The nuts and bolts know-how for building a similar center... Leon Dixon is a visionary. The writing and publication of this book is long overdue."


Quotes from Future In Our Hands
"Our focus is the very young. All they have is new and fresh ideas and abundance of energy to explore them with. This is why so many earth shaking concepts come from them." (page 14)

"In order for our young lions to produce, we need institutions in which they can exercise their gifts and talents. This development of our young lions cannot be left up to chance. Chance favors the prepared mind." (page 21)

"Whoever controls your source of information controls you." (page 67)

"Practice precedes progress." (page 97)

"The goal of every generation should be to leave something for the next generation to build upon." (page 131)

"Mavericks inaugate new and revolutionary institutions and there are no schools for mavericks. The best mavericks can hope for are mentors and sages." (page 282)


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