Shun Pearson

Shun Pearson speaks to children at God’s Helping Hands Learning Academy. Since June 1, Pearson has been providing a summer program for the children at the learning center that teaches them valuable life skills.

A Greenwood activist who has worked with youth over the years is providing summer activities for children while also teaching them valuable life lessons.

Since June 1, Shun Pearson has been working with God’s Helping Hands Learning Academy, a learning center for youth, to teach children how to play team sports.

Pearson works with two age groups: the “cubs,” who range in age from 3 to 5, and “bears,” who are between 6 and 10.

This month Pearson is teaching the kids how to play baseball. Next month he’ll teach them basketball. Besides learning each position within the sport and how to play it, Pearson said children are also “working on their team-building skills.”

Pearson also teaches them about safety on the streets and classroom etiquette as well as current events and how those events affect them.

“We’d like to give them fruitful things children can take away from the program,” he said.

For example, they have learned how to make protest signs, coinciding with recent protests against racism throughout the country.

Takisha Bishop, the founder of God’s Helping Hands Learning Academy, said it’s important that kids keep up with current events, particularly news pertaining to police brutality following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after an encounter with Minneapolis police in late May.

“Children are not too young to be exposed to diversity,” Bishop said. “In the aftermath of police brutality and both violent and nonviolent protests going on around the world, one ponders how do we explain systemic racism to our children. They need to know that racism is real. They need to know how to unite everyone.”

She added that the children are “ecstatic” each day to see Pearson.

Pearson said his work is part of the Mississippi Delta Ceasefire Initiative, a community program he founded to help curtail gun violence within the Greenwood area.

nContact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

(3) comments

scc824

Part of God's Helping Hand Learning Academy's curriculum is to teach three through 10 year olds that racism permeates their environment and because of George Floyd, they, too, will be targets for death by the police? This school is teaching very young children to hate, to be fearful and to identify as victims within this society. Where is the diversity training? Children this young are not able to grasp complex issues like systemic racism. What you are doing is indoctrinating them with hateful, fear mongering propaganda. Who are you uniting? Are you inviting police officers into your classroom so that the students can get a good impression of our local law enforcement. Are you inviting people of different races in to learn about diversity and that our differences don't make us bad? I hope God's Helping Hand Learning Academy is teaching these students to love themselves and all of their neighbors as Jesus would do, as well as, how to give back to their community in order to make it better. I hope they know that they have bright futures and can steer their own destiny if they make wise, thoughtful decisions. Children need to feel loved and have confidence that the grown ups in their lives will keep them safe and sheltered from harm.

Anad123

Shun Pearson, it is fantastic to see that you continue to work with the children in the community. Way to do it!

yoscott

Actually to the commenter questioning diversity in this sweet school— I have been working and teaching a variety of classes here and at ArtPlace with Kisha, Pam and the kids. I’ve seen the little ones graduate throughout the years and have them visit me at ArtPlace. I’m white, from South Africa and they all know and recognize me by name and remember all the activities we do, like exploration of the Yazoo Trail, dance movement, music, sculpture and exploratory art experiences. Don’t judge unless you’d like to be part of this wonderful group and see for yourself what a well rounded foundation GHHLA presents to these kids. I love Shun and his ongoing dedication to the youth in Greenwood. He works tirelessly and I wonder how much you do for your community. A lot of people like to sit on their pedestals and judge, but instead, join in and come and be part of diversity and let’s grow together.

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