There are guiding principles which inform and give family
members a shared sense of collective identity by defining what kind of family,
community and world we should strive to live in and how we intend to make that
world a reality.
Ollie McClean has a life long history of enforcing these principles. These qualities were nurtured by her parents,
Darrel and Irene Willins, founders of Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League and
community leaders. Sister Ollie has been involved in all facets of community
upliftment projects and the liberation of African peoples across the Diaspora
continues to be her goal.
Twenty five yearsa go, Ollie McClean established Sankofa International Academy, as independent African school. The school promotes challenging educational experiences and implements comprehensive, innovative, educational and cultural programs which maximize student’s potential as they develop critical thinking skills. Sankofa offers
scholarships to children with developmental challenges and Katrina survivors.
Many graduates have won scholarships to Historical Black Colleges and Ivy League
schools such as Yale and Vassar.
As a member of the former Federal Steering committee, representing the African community, Ollie McClean recognized that her own well being is derived from the family and community’s well being. Therefore, she continuously seeks to bring the world’s
attention to the plight of the African Burial Ground. For two consecutive years,
Mrs. McClean addressed the United Nations General Assembly during their session on Indigenous Issues and with passion outlined to the heads of state the case of the cemetery of enslaved Africans unearthed in lower Manhattan by the General Services Administration in 1990.
As co-chair of the Committee of Descendents of the African Burial Ground, Ollie McClean is in an on-going struggle with GSA to remove the Burial ground from under the
jurisdiction of the Parks Department and give our ancestors their due respect
When the seat of the Late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn’s
11th Congressional District was highly contested in 2006, the community with the support of The United African Movement (UAM) asked Ollie McClean to step up to fill the potential void. Using”It’s about the Children” as her campaign theme, Ollie was on the ballot on Election Day. She understands that purpose requires service to our
communities and families.
Ollie McClean is a civil rights leader and community icon who has been recognized at City Hall by elected officials, featured on “Like it Is” with Gil Noble, and highlighquitted in
media and print. She embraces the principle that those who live in the African
community are obligated to support and see that the interest of each person is
tied to the interest of the family and community. She is the mother of Calvin
McClean Jr. wife of the late Calvin McClean Sr.
Eulene Inniss is a native Barbadian who after a long career with the Department of Education retied as a Principal. She is NYC and NYS certified in General Education and Special Education. She has received Citations from the Ex. Bronx Borough President, Mr. Carrion who served in President Obama’s administration, Member of Congress, New York City Council, Key Women of Brooklyn, Community Organizations, Public Schools and others, for her outstanding educational leadership. She has also been featured on Cable Television and various Newspapers because of her innovative educational programs with children in public schools.
Ms. Inniss had the honor of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations during its Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2007 and 2008. She was appointed by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to serve on the Advisory Board..
She writes Articles on community events which are published in the Amsterdam News, Caribbean Life, Ourtimes Press, New York Trend, The Black Star, Afro Times, Daily Challenge and other News papers.
She is very community conscious and tutors NYC foster children who are some of the most fragile members of society. She has membership in Zeta phi Beta, Association of Black Educators of New York, community groups and Church Ministries at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ where she worships.
The children learn quilting from Carolyn Alexander another weapon in our fight to win back our children.
Brother Kofi is the African Studies teacher.
Our young childrens teacher.