Above: A screenshot from the opening of the Teaching Black History Conference Friday I had the privilege of presenting a session called “Tech Tools and…
A couple of years back, before I had the spark of an idea to create The Black Experience In America: The Course, I spent a few months doing some obsess…
My oldest son turned 13 last week, and I was hunting for something to get him (besides the smartphone my wife and I will be bankrolling). And then, ear…
A longtime regional celebration in the Black community is suddenly a national holiday
Often, my first impulse when solving a problem — and this is not a good thing — is to invent a solution from scratch. So a year ago, when I told a grou…
I’m excited to unveil the latest interactive offering in The Black Experience in America: The Course. Lesson 2: Othello. Shakespeare is a pillar of Wes…
What’s the right way to teach American history, and the role of race in it? A bill in Texas, HB 3979, takes a stab at the question. It’s part of a push…
Now available: Teacher training materials for presenting The Course in middle school, as part of a licensing bundle. After I designed and taught The Bl…
The calendar returns to May. A year ago in 2020, the road to The Black Experience in America: The Course started for me. That’s when Derek Chauvin murd…
Ida B. Wells, the Statue of Liberty, and the knee of Derek Chauvin on the neck of George Floyd. Photo illustration by Jon Fortt, for The Black Experien…
The first topic we tackle in The Diversity Remix podcast: Charles Blow’s suggestion that Black people migrate back to the South. I argue it’s not that …
My two favorite Korean-American (and African-American) boys, in Seoul, 2019. It’s been my longtime observation that Asian Americans battle a "model min…