A Journey To The Past For Youth Group Yields Renewed Black History Mission

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After visiting Point Comfort — present-day Hampton, Virginia — a few weeks ago, Anthony Ross, director of the St. Louis chapter of Remember the 400, said he wants the group to bring more black history to the region.

The group traveled for 20 hours by bus to Hampton in late August to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in America in 1619.

Ahead of the trip, the youth-led organization held events around St. Louis and the region, hosting festivals and community events where black history was the focus.

In 2015, the National Museum of African American History and Culture surveyed 525 K-12 teachers across the U.S. about the state of teaching black history in public schools.

Although the survey found that the educators understood that black history was intertwined with American history, the teachers were only dedicating about one or two lessons of the entire semester to black history in U.S. history classes. Check out the full story here.


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