Author Topic: The 1619 Project  (Read 13797 times)

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 11040
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: The 1619 Project
« Reply #60 on: October 19, 2020, 06:32:59 pm »
Monday, 19th October 2o2o
Virginia Board of Education Adds ‘African American History’ on 1619 and Lynchings to Curriculum
by Corinne Murdock

The Virginia Board of Education announced the implementation of new curriculum pertaining to African American studies.

The board’s decision reportedly follows recommendations from the Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth. Governor Ralph Northam created this commission last fall.

“Incorporating additional context about African American history into the larger historical narrative has never been more important,” stated Board of Education President Daniel Gecker.

“The approval of these edits to the standards and curriculum framework begins Virginia’s effort to change the course of history and social science instruction to ensure inclusive and culturally relevant content in all grades and courses.”

According to the press release, fourth grade students will now learn about Old Point Comfort when studying state history.

This addition “provides more specificity to the standard about the arrival in 1619 of the first African Americans in British North America.”

Old Point Comfort in 1619 marks the arrival of the first documented African American enslaved in the colonies.

“Most importantly, these edits acknowledge and amplify the resistance, resilience, innovation and sacrifices of African Americans and their continued contributions to American society,” added Gecker.

In an interview with The Virginia Star Director of Media Relations Charles Pyle clarified that this wasn’t related to the national focus on the 1619 Project, but rather based on recommendations from Northam’s new commission.

“What you have with the board’s action yesterday is the inclusion in our standards of content recommended by the Virginia educators, historians of the state, representatives of institutions such as museums around the Commonwealth.”

Additionally, high schoolers will learn about lynchings that occurred in the state and the nation.

Virginia’s schools operate under “Standards of Learning,” which is the curriculum framework establishing the learning expectations for students.

It also provides the skills acquisitions for each subject.

The framework is considered the most essential content for meeting state standards.

These changes are minor; another process for instituting bigger changes begins in 2021.

Pyle explained to The Star that state law requires the board to review and revise the Standards of Learning every seven years.

Since the last revisions took place in 2015, the board will begin the process for 2022’s new revisions next year.

In an interview with The Star, Republican state congressional candidate Leon Benjamin said that the board should consider what approach they’re taking in emphasizing these aspects of history.

“They need to tell the whole truth of what happened. They don’t need to make it political – I think people are intelligent enough to decipher what’s important. To play on a person’s pain or their oppression – that’s not okay. Let’s not make it seem like we’re back in the days of slavery. There’s too many accomplishments in our history to imply we haven’t progressed.”

According to the press release, further revisions will impact courses covering Virginia Studies, U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History 1865 to Present, and Virginia and U.S. History.

Would You Like To Know More?
« Last Edit: October 19, 2020, 08:21:47 pm by Battle »

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 11040
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: The 1619 Project
« Reply #61 on: July 19, 2021, 08:21:44 pm »
Monday, 19th July  Twenty One
40 Black History Sites in America Receive $3 million in Preservation Grant Money
by J.L. Cook

Forty sites and organizations with deeply-rooted ties to Black history will receive more than $3 million in grants from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, ensuring that they’ll be preserved for years to come.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which maintains the action fund, announced the recipients of the grants on Thursday.

Brent Leggs, the action fund’s executive director, said this to CNN about the importance of the work the initiative does each year.

The year’s list of recipients includes the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, which was the site of Emmett Till’s funeral; Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, which is home to the port where the first ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived to North America in 1619; and a project developed by the North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission to create a digital mapping program for Negro Motorist Green Book sites throughout the country.

Since its inception in 2017, the action fund has raised $45 million and supported more than 150 preservation projects in the United States.

Its mission is to “protect places that have been overlooked in American history and represent centuries of African-American activism, achievement and resilience.”

According to CNN, the National Trust for Historic Preservation initially launched the fund after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia claiming they were there to save a statue of confederate Gen. robert e. lee.

We all know what ultimately happened there.

Fast-forward to now.

Not only is it notable that the action fund is still going strong and keeping Black history alive, but just last weekend, the very statue of a treasonous man and his horse that sparked the deadly events that inspired the establishment of the fund was dismantled and taken out of the public view. ♞

Don’t you love it when things come full-circle?

« Last Edit: July 19, 2021, 11:48:08 pm by Battle »