History of Black Music
Learn about the past, present, and future of Black music. Students will hear songs from multiple genres - blues, hip-hop, bluegrass, jazz, and rock - and find out about the legendary Black musicians who are responsible for bringing each genre to life. This class is based on Black Music Is, a book by Marcus Amaker - Charleston, SC's first Poet Laureate. Students will have a chance to respond to the music, and hear songs from current musicians who are keeping history alive.
Exploring Identity & Resilience
What is the Black Lives Matter Movement? How can we respond to and heal from injustice? Youngins will learn to answer these questions by reading Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ghost Boys. Explore identity, activism, co-conspirators, allies, healing, and resilience. Investigate the characters’ layers of identities and develop a clear understanding of how the various intersections of our identity influence our experiences. Ultimately, the goal is to foster nuanced, critical conversations about race, racism, bias, and activism. *Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.
HBCU Virtual Tour
Let’s go! This class will take students virtually all around the nation and broaden the students' understanding of the university/college by providing them with a general history of the institution, primary documents, videos or interviews and writing prompts. Various topics will be explored in the modules including student protests, political engagement on college campuses, homecoming and its significance, and modern celebrities and their support for HBCUs.
Featuring renowned economist Roland Fryer, the youngest African American to be given tenure at Harvard University and co-founder of Reconstruction. In this class, Roland will discuss the life and work of Black geniuses – both historic and contemporary – in social justice, academics, the arts, and education with a particular focus on how their life and work affected economic thought.
Poetry with Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker
Featuring Marcus Amaker, who was named Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate in 2016. Marcus loves doing poetry workshops and speaking to students and students love learning with Marcus! As Poet Laureate, Marcus wants students to know that their voices matter, and it’s important to him that he shares his knowledge about being a poet and an artist. Students will be exposed to and create beautiful poetry.
Black Shakespeare One Time Workshop
Developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library, this course delves into the intersection between African-American life and Shakespeare, from stage productions to personal and academic encounters with the texts. Students will examine some of the many ways that Black Americans have encountered, responded to, taken ownership of, and sometimes turned away from Shakespeare's words. Students will be able to explain and discuss the racial implications of Shakespeare and how his work relates to the present day.
S.T.E.A.M. Nanny Full Workshop
Led by the S.T.E.A.M Nanny herself, this class will engage shorties in activities that integrate the arts into learning about key concepts in science, math, technology and engineering. Sessions are open-ended and encourage children to build self-confidence, improve their communication, cognition, and extend their self understanding and cultural awareness. Each session features a notable Black professional and culminates with a project inspired by their genius. S.T.E.A.M. is all about science, technology, engineering, art and math!