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  • 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 […]
  • The mental health of the high-achieving is getting attention lately, as first Naomi Osaka and then Simone Biles stepped back from big competitive moments for reasons many in the public did not understand. As I’ve reflected on it, the dynamic at play for these athletes —