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Teaching Black History

Why I Love Black History Month--and How To Do It Better

Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr.

I love Black History Month. I just believe we can do it better. At the beginning of February last year I had a long talk with the young people at my youth program Alive & Free to find out what they knew about Black History.

Spectacular Holiday Decor in Los Angeles Townhouse

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Style
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.

By Any Dreams Necessary, Malcolm X and the Problem of High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Malcolm X faced the kind of racial determinism that many students of color have become accustomed to today. Proponents of high stakes testing resurrect such determinism, presumably without the racial overtones, by reducing students, their hopes and dreams for the future, to test scores.

Who's Afraid of Black History?

Joe Brewster | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Joe Brewster

Slavery is a notoriously fraught subject for Americans to navigate, but for Black students -- particularly those in predominately white school settings -- all of American history can feel riddled with landmines, even during Black History Month.

Black History At HBCU: Is It Redundant?

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest Living black history and learning it are two very different propositions with two invaluable outcomes, HBCU facu...

Putting Black History in Context

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

While the Civil Rights Movement and related subjects most certainly should play a major role in official texts, it can't be at the expense of a legacy encompassing more than 375 years of North American history.