Black History as American History?

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

February is Black History month, an annual recognition of African-American history and achievements that emerged from Carter G. Woodson's establishment of "Negro History Week" in 1926.

LaGarrett J. King, the Isabelle Wade Lyda and Paul C. Lyda Professor and Founding Director of the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri, offers a different take on the popular phrase, "Black history is American history." King argues that this phrase often does a disservice by only offering a limited view of Black history that remains largely Eurocentric.

Instead King proposes a more complete Black history education focused on six principles of Black Historical Consciousness. King's recent article in Social Education unpacks these principles with definitions and compelling questions.

King also recently shared his thoughts on Black history in Episode 154 of the Visions of Education podcast with social studies educators Dan Krutka and Michael Milton.

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