The purpose of On the Shoulders of Giants is to provide an alternative and positive perspective of the history belonging to the African diaspora which challenges the negative rhetoric that is commonly told of non-white persons throughout the world. Our past is significant because of the plight we have had to overcome and in some aspects, are still overcoming to be considered human beings. On the Shoulders of Giants understands that it is important to recognize and be aware of the contributions of those before us, especially those of African or Indigenous descent. We intend to bring light to the major accomplishments of the people representing the African Diaspora, and we feel that it is important for the non-white youth of the world to understand the significant impact that people of their culture and other cultures have made to society.
Joseph A. Ward is a graduate of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mr. Ward possesses over ten years of experience in delivering “Academic Success” presentations to grades K-12 as well as college and middle-aged adults. By working in such diverse venues such as grade schools, college campuses, juvenile divergent programs, correctional institutions, religious communities, homeless shelters, and foster homes, Mr. Ward has gained the experience of providing valuable life skills training to a wide variety of community members.
Mr. Ward is a graduate of the “New Hope Program” with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Leon County and has served as a co-facilitator of the program for over seven years, teaching life and professional skills to underprivileged persons. In addition to co-facilitating this program, he also helped establish the FAMU chapter of Men of Strength (MOST) and currently serves as its co-facilitator. Mr. Ward successfully developed the Sexual Violence Prevention Program with the Florida DOH in Leon County and holds over ten years of sexual and domestic violence prevention training experience with A Call to Men, Men Can Stop Rape, and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. He is also the founder of Live Skilled Live Fulfilled, a comprehensive life-skills training and sexual and domestic violence prevention development and research company.
Over the past 14 years, Mr. Ward has dedicated himself to studying the history and the culture of the African diaspora. He is the founder of On the Shoulders of Giants, Inc., author of On the Shoulders of Giants Vol: 1 North America, and On the Shoulders of Giants Vol: 2 Central America. He is also the host of The Freedom Train Podcast Series and The Fix Sports Podcast.
Mr. Ward’s commitment to his community has proven him to be a reputable teacher, coach, trainer, and motivator. He is dedicated to uplifting and educating individuals around the world while helping to create mindsets and environments which foster greatness.