Black history is American history — and it matters

By Baruti K. Kafele
October 2022
“Expose me to my history because I need to know who I am historically.” This is the sentiment of Black children all across the U.S. Some students are able to articulate it, but many others simply realize that there is something missing in their classrooms. They know that learning lacks relevance and relatability to their lives, but they can’t quite put their fingers on why. It is incumbent upon us as educators to understand the why — and address the problem. In so many classrooms, Black students are physically present but instruction is delivered in a way that renders them invisible. The historical record of people who look like them is missing from curriculum and instruction. So is the connection of content to their lives

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Baruti K. Kafele ( is an education consultant, author, and retired principal.

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