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  • Beauty might seem insignificant as a concept, but it’s not. Things and people who are “beautiful” get certain advantages. They’re welcomed into exclusive spaces, seen as having special value, even judged to be “good.” And there’s a flipside. Since there’s a benefit when society sees you as beautiful, there’s also a cost when society doesn’t.
  • A central challenge for me in designing lessons about slavery in America was the weight of it all. I specifically designed The Black Experience in America: The Course so that it doesn’t begin with slavery; there’s so much texture and context to the Black experience that can get lost if we start there. At the same time, though, the institution of slavery is enormously important. I was determined not to […]
  • On 2/25, I’ll be leading a webinar on talking to young children about race, organized by GoNoodle. You can sign up here. My core mission in creating The Black Experience in America: The Course was to pass along knowledge and perspective to my two sons, and equip them to have a positive impact on our society. I wanted to design a curriculum and experience that would prompt them to as […]
  • When I finished designing and teaching The Black Experience in America: The Course, and I wanted to share it with a wider audience, one of the first people I thought of was Josephine Baker. Mrs. Baker was my teacher for 5th and 6th grade at Shepherd Elementary School in Washington, D.C., between 1986 and 1988. In her classes I learned from a meticulously prepared Black educator who had high expectations […]
  • After the Civil Rights Era, the evils of segregation were seared onto the American conscience. Dr. King's dream had taken on urgency. The vast majority of society seemed to sign onto the idea that racism, discrimination, unequal opportunity were all bad.