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The NC African American Heritage Commission, the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, & Carolina K-12 are pleased to release this new teaching guide on exploring The History of Black Education in North Carolina.
This detailed guide includes five engaging lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards - including handouts, student readings, and engaging activities – as well as recommended teacher resources and strategies for integrating this critical history into the classroom. From the connections between education, emancipation, and civil rights - to the agency, enterprise, and leadership shown in creating their own educational opportunities - Black communities have never relinquished the ongoing fight for educational access and equity. It is a story of resilience, resistance and hope; a story that all students should learn and one that all students can be inspired by.
The lesson plans and activities included explore the educational barriers Black North Carolinians have faced throughout history, while also elevating the ways in which they tackled such barriers to form their own opportunities for learning, sometimes with white allies, and often completely on their own. Lesson topics include:
  • The History of Black Education Part I: Enslavement to Reconstruction
  • The History of Black Education Part II: Jim Crow & Desegregation
  • The Purpose of Black Boarding Schools & Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown
  • North Carolina’s Rosenwald Schools
  • North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Teaching Guide

The NC African American Heritage Commission works to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina's African American history, art, and culture, for all people.

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