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  • Reconsidering an Icon in the Face of Modern Challenges
  • Education is both a goal and a theme in The Black Experience in America: The Course. With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to the digital audience of a special conversation with the presidents of three historically Black colleges. It will be live today, Monday 10/11, at 2:30 ET, and the recording will continue to be available at the link below. (You can share the link below with […]
  • The last full lesson in The Black Experience in America: The Course — and this material is for adults down to junior high — is called The Microscope. It’s called that because I believe that’s an apt name for today’s reality when it comes to race in America. Under digital technology’s microscope, we can see that the push for multiculturalism in the post-Civil Rights era came up short.
  • I was thinking about Bessie Smith today, because I’m working on a personal project and I need some inspiration. And as I was designing The Black Experience in America: The Course, she brought me one of those “Aha” moments. A little more than a year ago I was in the post-Civil-War home stretch of structuring The Course, looking to illuminate the period between the botched Reconstruction period and the seeds […]
  • When I was growing up in Washington, D.C. in the '80s, identity — blackness — was a smorgasbord. Through eighth grade I went to mostly Black public schools. My mother, an artist, started an afrocentric greeting card line. My father pastored a Black church in Northeast, and beginning when I was nine years old we forged new traditions, observing Martin Luther King Day by gathering with another Black church in […]