Equity Challenge Black History

Black history is American history and the stories, triumphs and challenges are an ongoing part of who we are as a people and culture. When we think about what it means to Live United, we must examine how by growing our understanding of how differences in our own lived experiences make us stronger as a whole.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ”

― Wayne Dyer

This week it is time to take the next step of considering how our different perspectives help influence how we interpret the world around us and why we need to focus on racial equity.

To do this, we ask everyone to take a moment to think about what black history means to you. No matter if this is the first time you have thought specifically about black history or if you are an expert, taking time to be introspective today will act as a reference point as you reflect throughout the week.

Thinking and learning about black history and the civil rights movement might open a variety of feelings both positive and negative and it’s ok to allow those feelings time for introspection and reflection.


Students May Be Miseducated about Black History

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Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today. (6:19)

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Redacted History with Andre White (48 Minutes)