What you will learn?
"The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois
"Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi
"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin
"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
"March Trilogy" by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
"Black Reconstruction in America" by W.E.B. Du Bois
"Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson
"The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" by Richard Rothstein
About this course
Embark on a transformative journey through the vibrant tapestry of Black American history in our 6-week online course, "Exploring Black American History." This meticulously curated program is designed to immerse you in the profound and inspiring narrative of Black Americans, spanning from the international slave trade to contemporary civil rights advocacy.
**Week 1: International Slave Trade & Routes**
Our voyage begins with an exploration of the origins of African cultures, the harrowing Middle Passage, and the indomitable spirit of enslaved individuals who resisted oppression.
**Week 2: Slavery in America**
We delve deep into the development of slavery in colonial America, plantation life, rebellions, and the Underground Railroad, uncovering tales of resilience and liberation.
**Week 3: Black US Generals and Black Abolitionists**
Meet unsung heroes – Black soldiers in the Revolutionary War and Civil War, and influential abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.
**Week 4: The Emancipation of Black America & Juneteenth**
Explore the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth celebrations, and the challenges faced during the Reconstruction Era.
**Week 5: Black Advocacy for Other People of Color & Civil Rights**
Witness the evolution of Black advocacy, from suffrage and the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights Movement and intersectional activism.
**Week 6: Contemporary Issues & the Legacy of Black American History**
In our final week, we reflect on modern achievements, ongoing struggles, and the enduring legacy of Black American history in shaping today's society.
Throughout this course, engaging video lessons, illuminating readings, and thought-provoking discussions will deepen your understanding. Quizzes will assess your knowledge, and expert insights will provide diverse perspectives.
By journey's end, you will possess a profound appreciation of the vital role Black Americans have played in shaping the nation's history, culture, and ongoing pursuit of justice. Join us on this enlightening odyssey into the heart of Black American history and its enduring impact on our world.
An introduction and welcome from the creators of the Black History for states in denial course.
In this introductory session, students will gain an understanding of the course's objectives, the importance of studying Black American history, and an overview of what to expect throughout the course.
This lesson explores the rich cultural diversity of pre-colonial African societies, the factors leading to the African slave trade, and the profound impact of African cultures on the Americas.
This session delves into the harrowing journey of the Middle Passage, the conditions enslaved individuals endured, and the process of arrival in the Americas.
This lesson examines the daily lives of enslaved people, various forms of resistance, and key figures in early resistance movements.
In this session, students will explore the historical development of slavery in colonial America, from its inception to its economic and social impact on the region.
This session delves into the daily lives of enslaved people on plantations, the hierarchical structure, and the far-reaching economic impact of slavery.
In this session, students will study notable slave rebellions and revolts in colonial America, examining their motivations and consequences.
This session explores the Underground Railroad, its role in aiding escaped slaves, and the stories of those who sought freedom.
In this session, students will delve into the often-overlooked contributions of African Americans in the Revolutionary War, highlighting their roles and challenges.
This session focuses on the pivotal role of Black soldiers in the Civil War, discussing their contributions, challenges, and the impact of the war on slavery.
In this session, students will explore the lives and contributions of prominent Black abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.
This session explores the Emancipation Proclamation, its significance in the fight against slavery, and the challenges that African Americans faced on their journey to freedom.
In this session, students will learn about the origins and significance of Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States.
This session focuses on the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era, the challenges faced by newly freed African Americans, and the promise of citizenship and civil rights.
This session highlights the significant contributions of Black leaders during the Reconstruction Era, including political figures, activists, and educators.
This session explores the struggle for Black suffrage and the significance of the 15th Amendment in granting voting rights to African American men.
In this session, students will learn about the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural and artistic movement that celebrated Black creativity and identity.
This session focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, its leaders, and the significant milestones in the fight for racial equality.
This session examines the concept of intersectionality and how Black activists have advocated for other marginalized communities.
This session explores the achievements and contributions of Black individuals in contemporary America across various fields, including politics, arts, sports, and science.
This session focuses on the persisting challenges and struggles faced by Black communities in contemporary America, including systemic racism and the fight for racial justice.
This session discusses the significance and history of Black History Month, emphasizing its role in education and celebration.
In this final session, students will reflect on their journey through the course, consider the lessons learned, and explore future steps in continuing their exploration of Black American history.