“Public history courses offer educators the opportunity to highlight the experiences of local communities of color or other marginalized groups. In this case, centering African American history educates students about the diversity, longevity, and beauty of Black people, and the timeliness of their stories.”
In a new post for the NCPH blog [email protected], alum Dr. Felicia Jamison (Ph.D. ’17) provides an inside look at her course "African American History as Public History," which "considers how museums, historic sites, films, public school lesson plans, and the broader public have interpreted African American history since the late nineteenth century."
Check out the many readings and projects mentioned in her post, including the "Social Justice & Museum Resource List," edited by La Tanya S. Autry: https://bit.ly/3pwBNRP
I first became interested in public history as a child. My church often had events that celebrated Black history. And at least once a year, my schools would create bulletin boards highlighting the achievements of African Americans. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I kne...