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Black History Is American History: Teaching Black History In K-12 Classrooms

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Carter Center For K-12 Black History Education
The Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education is hosting its third annual Teaching Black History Conference online this year.

Teaching Black history has always been important, but recent attention on the killings of Black Americans by police and the resulting protests have put a newfound focus on how Black history is taught and included in K-12 classrooms.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by educators and researchers focused on increasing the quality of Black history education in U.S. schools.

LaGarrett King is the founding director of the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri. He encourages educators to see Black history as not separate from, but an integral part of broader American history education, especially as conversations around the treatment and experiences of Black Americans continue to broaden nationwide. "Without understanding what happened in the past, we cannot understand what happens in the present," Kings says.

King joins Nebbe on the program alongside education researchers Brianne Pitts and Stephanie Jones ahead of the Carter Center's third annual Teaching Black History Conference, slated to begin on the 24th and run through the weekend. This year's conference focuses specifically on Black "HERstories," exploring ways to factually and inclusively teach about the often forgotten roles Black women played in American history.


  • LaGarrett King, Isabella Wade Lyda and Paul Lyda professor of education, founding director of the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education, University of Missouri
  • Brianne Pitts, instructional coach, Sun Prairie Area Schools
  • Stephanie Jones, assistant professor of education, Grinnell College


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa