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Black History 365 w Walter Milton & Joel Freeman is Inside Charity’s take on a charitable organization that will challenge everything you belief about African American history. Black History 365’s U. S. History textbook (or ebook) documents the unique stories of Black persons, groups, and cultures in North America, beginning in Ancient Africa continuing to modern events and movements. This interactive history/social science textbook can be used independently or as supplemental text and includes interactive instructor resources that will engage all learners. The gateway to connecting history to daily life, this transcendent approach to American history allows students of all ethnicities to engage in meaningful conversations with teachers, peers, and their families…through the lens of Black History.
Full of rarely told history lessons, the BH365 curriculum has exclusive access to more than 3,000 original artifacts that take students and educators on a colorful journey to embracing an inclusive account of American history.
Black History 365 w Walter Milton & Joel Freeman
Unfortunately, Black students, in particular, are contending with emotions they may find difficult to articulate. Black students are fighting forces that were strategically established to maintain academic neutrality, while other students have significantly more opportunities to excel because they are exposed to the contributions of their ancestors – daily celebrating their history, culture, and existence throughout history textbooks and society at-large.
According to research regarding culturally responsive teaching and learning, there is a direct correlation between students’ self-awareness and academic achievement. There is an obvious need for Black American students to achieve in the same manner – being culturally astute matters!
The lack of historical content has been a significant influencer of negative outcomes for black students and communities including:
- Lack of self-awareness
- Lack of self-esteem
- Lack of intrinsic motivation
- Decreased academic achievement
- Discipline referrals
- Criminal activity
- Prison sentences
White students benefit from learning about other cultures in much the same way as students of color. It is important for all learners to understand and acknowledge the contributions of persons from varied cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds in order to fully appreciate all of humanity. There is no dominant race, but individuals of shared ethnicities offer traits and talents that benefit society-at-large. History is a rich, engaging subject that should be inclusive of all and Black American history truly includes Native American and European history. When all students learn to grapple with their varied pasts, they are more prepared to create the future they deserve.
For decades and even centuries, teachers have been encouraged to tell a pretty lop-sided story. Although many educators have taken the initiative to be more inclusive in their delivery of history and social science instruction, there have been few mandates to do so. Educators and decision-makers within our system are also influenced by the lack of black history curriculum and participate in the demise of historically forgotten communities by:
- Accepting negative stereotypes
- Displaying biases
- Acting on fear of the unknown
- Refusing to acknowledge the contributions and challenges of black Americans
- Not challenging discriminatory behavior
- Challenging progressive movements that would bring more inclusive history and social studies curriculum
While historically teachers have not been “trained” to teach history, BH365 offers resources and supports to begin to unlearn historical biases and teach well-rounded lessons that include and engage all students.
“I encourage every school district throughout the United States to strongly consider adopting the comprehensive Black History 365 curriculum as their choice for African American studies.”
Andrew Young – Civil Rights Activist, UN Ambassador
“The exemplary level of work and commitment exhibited to develop Black History 365 should be commended. The need for a project like this cannot be overstated nor ignored. Please support this endeavor and allow it to be an instructional tool for use in the preparation of guiding your students toward greatness!”
Cathy Hughes = Founder and Chairwoman, Urban One, Inc
“Black History 365 is the comprehensive, holistic, text and image K-12 curriculum we have so intensely desired that fills a tremendous void in today’s educational enrichment landscape.”
Ben Watson – NFL Super Bowl XXXIX Champion
“This powerful educational curricula breaks the shackles of traditional rote learning…nothing I have seen matches the breadth of educational tools and resources available through the Black History 365 curriculum.”
Bill Haley, Jr. – Alex Haley’s Grandson
”Please give strong consideration for the inclusion of the Black History 365 curriculum in your school district.”
Pete Babcock – Historian, NBA General Managerrr
“One could argue that Black History 365 is the culmination of the quest to bring together all of the videos, websites, online resources, maps, charts, graphs and the bulk of resources that have been developed by scholars, teachers, students and curriculum specialists to teach the African American experience over the past 40 years.”
W. Marvin Dulaney – Historian, Educator
”Incorporating the Black History 365 process gives school districts the opportunity to teach Black History throughout the school year and to develop the next generation of change agents.”
James Agbara Bryson – Great Grand Nephew of Annie Malone
Black History 365 w Walter Milton & Joel Freeman was first posted at INSIDE CHARITY
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