Nware Rahsaan Burge –PhD(c)-M.S. Ed./ B.A.
Adjunct Professor/High School History Teacher/Award Winning Filmmaker
Nware Rahsaan Burge is currently an Adjunct College Professor at Kean University and a High School African-American studies teacher and History teacher in New Jersey and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, a Master’s degree in Education from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York and a PhD candidate at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nware has worked and taught in urban public schools for more than 15 years. He is also the creator and co-owner of Good Vibes Clean, a model, and film maker.
Nware was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He has recently lived in Brooklyn, New York for 15 years and currently resides in Newark, New Jersey.
Nware Burge is a first-time film maker, director, editor and has created his first feature documentary film entitled: D.N.A.-Using Genealogy to Change My SLAVE Last Name. The premise of the film is for Nware to use his results from his D.N.A. genealogy test and decide on a new surname/last name based from his results. The aim of the documentary is to bring to the forefront that people of African descent in the Americas have carried and passed on their slave masters surname/last name as well as the slave masters legacy from generation to generation, through their surname/last name without much grievance.
Another focus of the documentary is to facilitate a dialogue in the hopes that many African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, and others may consider beginning a new legacy of self-determination and pride by considering changing their surname or hyphenating it from their born or given European name.
The film is a reflection of love, pride and perplexity regarding the family surname of BURGE. The film also addresses the importance of people of African descent reclaiming some of their cultural and original spiritual systems from West Africa that were lost due to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Overall, Nware understands the importance of history and culture as it applies to people of direct African descent and indigenous people across the world, and hopes that all are inspired after viewing the film.