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Urban News Staff Reports
Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes, Former Ambassador Andrew Young and Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump are among the advisory board members for the curriculum available beginning fall 2020. The co-authors of the textbook are former school superintendent Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. and former NBA Washington Bullets/Wizards chaplain, Joel A. Freeman, PhD. The curriculum includes music produced by Dr. Kevin “Khao” Cates, Grammy-award, multi-platinum producer and artist who has worked with Jay-Z, T.I. and Pharrell.
“The timeliness of this curriculum cannot be overstated,” said Hughes. “Our nation is seeking answers to resolve the issue of systemic racism, and many are searching to understand why it exists in the first place. The Black History 365 curriculum helps to address those concerns, and more importantly, it closes the gaps and ensures that the next generation is educated about our history. Urban One is proud to be a partner in this critical mission.”
As the nation grapples with current tensions around systemic racism, this curriculum offers teachers and students opportunities to have meaningful interactions and conversations around tough topics. In April 2020, the state of Texas passed legislation, which mandates that Black history be taught in its more than 1,200 school districts. As school systems work to prepare for students who have witnessed national unrest following the killing of George Floyd, BH365 is being offered as an important solution.
“This curriculum represents the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and commitment to accurately tell the stories of our ancestors, many of whom have made significant contributions to the development of this nation, but their stories are seldom if ever told,” said Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. “We are a people with a rich legacy that includes so much more than slavery. Now, our students can get that as part of their education.”
BH365 includes Black history from ancient Africa through modern times. Teachers of all ethnicities will learn to present racially sensitive subject matter to diverse student populations and to create an environment where students can become culturally competent and responsive to the issues of race and systemic discrimination. The curriculum’s proprietary design incorporates artifacts from a private, Black history collection that helps to reinforce the chapter lessons.
“One of the main things that makes this curriculum different is we not only provide content, but we also provide solutions,” said Dr. Joel Freeman. “Our goals are to develop students who are critical thinkers, compassionate listeners, fact-based/respectful communicators, and action-oriented solutionists – promoting change in our communities.” More information about the curriculum is available at www.blackhistory365education.com.