The push to teach Black history to North Carolina school students for more than just one month out of the year is getting fresh attention, thanks to newly adopted state social studies standards requiring teachers to include issues of racism and discrimination in their lessons, as well as perspectives of marginalized groups.
What should a curriculum that includes important aspects of African American history in North Carolina look like? Will it go beyond the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins to include the Wilmington Massacre of 1898? As we celebrate the accomplishments of thriving Black business districts, shouldn’t we also learn about the discrimination behind the Jim Crow laws that made them a necessity?
This is by no means a complete list of North Carolina’s Black history, but it is a starting point to learn more. Read More