Learning our History, & Amassing Generational Wealth: Good News Stories From Communities of Color.
College board announces the first AP African American History Course, and a financial opportunity for hopeful Black and Latinx/e homeowners.
I didn’t have a single Black teacher in high school.
In fact, I didn’t have any educators or administrators, of any color at all. I have had one Black professor in my two years of college at NYU. He taught the only Black History course in my program.
All of that to say, my formal education has been extremely white.
I learned to name every white man who signed the Declaration of Independence, but was never taught the names of the enslaved Africans they owned, the ones who built the country they were declaring for.
I learned that all of the complex math equations we use today were invented by European men, but was never taught that the origins of math are documented in Africa. That these white mathematicians only translated what was already known. The books I read were by white authors, set in white worlds, about white heroes.
With the ever-increasing restrictions on inclusive education, matched with the rapidly declining number of teachers, there has been little hope for the improvement of American public schools - until now.
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