African American
Studies

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Our Social Studies program is the heart of our anti-racist and anti-bias philosophy and curriculum.  We believe that when children understand themselves as part of a global community, they build a deep understanding of what it means to be a kind and compassionate person, to have respect for all people, and to understand that what we do in our part of the world is connected to people all over the globe.  Throughout this program, we focus on and highlight voices of resistance as well as help students understand the mechanisms of systemic oppression.  Learning difficult history and current events can be challenging for a student of any age; through the knowledge students gain in this program, we aim to help all students feel empowered as agents of social justice, either as part of their own community or as allies.  

City Kids' Course for 2022 – 2023

City Kids is offering a year-long course in African American Studies. This course will begin by looking at civilizations in Africa, pre-transatlantic slave trade, and then move in a mostly linear fashion up until the present day, including The Black Lives Matter Movement and Afro-Futurism. The course will focus on various modes of resistance, resistance movements, and figures of resistance; we will also look at how music, art, and literature are an important part of that resistance. The texts shown above are a sample of literature that we may use during the course of the year (other books may be included).


*While this course cannot cover everything there is to cover, it is intended to further students' knowledge and critical thinking skills using both primary and secondary sources. One of the goals of this course is to encourage students to be excited by the material so that at the end of the year they want to read more African American authors and continue to learn. It is also the goal of this course to prepare students for upper levels of education so that when they move on to more challenging material about African American history geared for older students, that they already have a solid foundation in this subject.

Where and When:

North Michigan Park, D.C.

Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00

Mid September to the end of May

Cost:

$350/semester

*Families who pay for the year in advance will receive a 5% discount.

Museum Trips:

On some days, the class will meet at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Students will also learn to access the Museum’s material online during some of our classes.

Age:

This course is students 12 - 15 years old.

 

How many students per class:

This class is intended for 6 - 10 students. 

To register, please contact us at citykidscoop@gmail.com.