There’s a new curriculum coming to schools, and it’s focused on the historic moments that shaped black history in America.
The curriculum, “Black History 365: An Inclusive Account of American History,” was developed by about 40 historians and researchers to expose “the good, bad and the ugly” aspects of black history that’s often omitted from traditional text books, KSAT reports.
“We have over 3,000 original images that many people have never seen before,” BH365 CEO Walter Milton Jr. told the news site.
The materials come in hard copy and digital and interactive formats, and will soon be incorporated into curriculums at a dozen schools, mostly in Dallas, with the goal of expanding to others throughout the state and nation, Milton said.
“We sort of start off in ancient Africa, sort of the beginning of time. And then we come all the way up to contemporary history,” co-founder Joel Freeman said. “We have the syphilis project, Tuskegee Syphilis Project that has caused a lot of mistrust in the African American community” as well as lessons on lynchings and other uncomfortable topics.
“As we engage students around their local history, they, too, now are helping us to unearth and inform African American history in a way that we all haven’t had the opportunity to do,” Carleen Brown, BH365 media relations director, told KSAT.
The intent is to help students better understand the past, so they can create a better future, Milton said.
“We want to be intentional in terms of helping young people have the skill set so that they can really be solutionists,” he said.
According to the BH365 website:
The Black History 365 curriculum is informed by a collection of more than 3,000 documents and artifacts (oldest piece dated 1553), owned by The Freeman Institute Black History collection. …
Many artifacts from the collection were showcased in the United Nations’ 75-day Transatlantic Slave Trade exhibition (2011 and 2012) held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. …
A future objective for this collection is to create the opportunity for school districts to explore traveling exhibits.
“Our game-changing textbook, Black History 365: An Inclusive Account of American History, and its corresponding K-12 curriculum are designed to not only reveal the hidden, under-told, and misconceived portions of African American History, but also cultivate an atmosphere of being authentic with each other about our nation’s past with the intention to heal, not hurt,” according to a promotional video.
“The textbook meets Texas state standards regarding U.S. history and it provides a healthy survey of national, international, and regional U.S. history through the lens of African Americans.”