For decades, the intentional omission and misrepresentation of Black history in America’s public schools have robbed students of an opportunity to learn about the rich past and ancestry of African Americans. As taught in America’s schools, American history is a whitewashed version of this nation’s history with minimal acknowledgment of the countless contributions people of color have made to the development of this country and the promulgation of an identity steeped in slavery. Historical accounts of Black people have been framed from the context of slavery and civil rights while abandoning the rich legacy of African civilizations from which the enslaved were stolen and brought to American shores. BH365 challenges that approach presenting Black history from its place and time of origin – ancient Africa and celebrating the accomplishment of Black people in America. Many school districts around the country are now recognizing the need to include Black history. Several have even passed resolutions mandating the history of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) be included as an integral part of their American history courses. In some instances, students have successfully advocated for these policy changes. Research demonstrates the academic success of Black students increases when they are educated in an environment that promotes and provides culturally relevant teaching and learning opportunities that promote their identities and elevate their awareness about their culture, heritage, and history. The lack of historical content has been a significant influencer of adverse outcomes for black students and communities including lack of self-awareness, lack of self-esteem, lack of intrinsic motivation, decreased academic achievement, truancy, and criminal activity.
From BH365's Advisory Board
April 12 2023. Portland Public Schools is planning to roll out new social studies materials this fall. Vendors of the textbooks that are among the finalists displayed their products at district headquarters this week. Among the final choices: a new series of textbooks called BlackHistory 365, which is designed to be used in conjunction with other updated, more traditional textbooks. That series is already used in Beaverton, Salem-Keizer and Lane County schools, according to its vendor. Click HERE to read more.
March 2023. Dr. Walter Milton Jr. keynote speaker for Billionaire Mastermind Forum. Peoria County Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity met June 16. Click HERE for the February 17th presentation. Click HERE for the March 24th presentation.
August 19, 2022.
The Saginaw Public School district is looking at offering a more up-to-date angle on Black history.
In a preamble before discussing the curriculum at this week’s school board meeting, Aug. 17, Superintendent Ramont Roberts says the Black History Education 365 curriculum, started by former Flint Superintendent Walter Milton, focuses on the authenticity and accuracy of Black people and those of African descent across the globe.
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June 13, 2022. The Detroit school district is retooling its African American history elective courses for middle and high school, replacing outdated social studies materials in favor of a textbook that offers a more expansive look at Black history and culture. Click HERE to read more.
June 21, 2022. The 2022 Peoria City-County Racial Disparities Report issued last week identifies areas of inequity in economic development, jobs, housing, child and youth development, mobility and transportation, justice, health and human services, information technology, environment and climate impacting Black residents of Peoria.
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Interview with Black History 365
BH365 has a team of renowned educators with expertise in various content areas including Black history, culturally relevant teaching and learning, cultural competence, curriculum design, and professional development also available for interviews and speaking engagements. For all requests, contact Carleen Brown at email@example.com