Why Schools Should Refine Black History Education

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Wisconsin Public Radio

Keisha Bentley-Edwards, professor of General Internal Medicine and the Director of the Health Equity Working Group at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, joined the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning to discuss the ways black history is traditionally taught and the ways the teaching of black history can be improved, emphasizing the importance of placing historical moments in their own social-historical contexts.

"John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Gordon Cooper are names of historical figures we’ve often heard of, unlike names such as Katherine Johnson. We speak with our guest about the film Hidden Figures that portrays the compelling story of three African American women who helped NASA put a man in space, the significance behind this story and why she suggests schools change the traditional ways of teaching Black History."

Listen here: http://www.wpr.org/shows/why-schools-should-refine-black-history-education