by Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:49am EST – Updated 12:05pm EST
Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show on March 1st, 2018 discussed “Using ‘Black Panther’ to Teach African History and Colonialism to Children”. A teacher in Chicago and others are using the film “Black Panther” to teach African History to students. Tess Raser in Chicago has created a 46 page curriculum that is designed to build upon elements and themes in the film for 5th – 8th graders. She is currently using this curriculum with her 6th graders. She states that the curriculum can be used for high school students as well. These are resources that teachers can use in their classrooms and parents can use at home with their own children and in homeschools.
“I created the curriculum for a couple of reasons,” Tess Raser told Blavity.com. “For starters, I loved the movie but left with critiques as well, and spent most of the weekend engaging in conversations in regards to those critiques and my friends’ analysis of the film and its characters. I was excited thinking about my students having those conversations as well.”
When it comes to explaining some of the themes that lessons can build around exploring and studying the history of, here’s what former teacher and educational consultant Vanehsa McGee had to say:
The biggest, perhaps most prominent takeaway is the blackness of the actors and actresses, said Vanesha McGee, former teacher and now-education consultant based in Denver, Colorado. And this is why it’s especially important for kids of color to engage with this film, she said. The movie is also directed, written, and scored by Black people, and for this, everything from the music to the characters is without racial tropes and is, instead, multifaceted.
Themes dealt with in the film can also be used to relate to issues taking place right now in America under Donald Trump and how he has emboldened White Supremacists.
For educators, Black Panther marks an opportunity to unpack these heavy themes with young people while also celebrating Black beauty more broadly under a racist, “America first” presidency. It’s tricky, but the movie makes it easier and more accessible, multiple educators told ThinkProgress.
Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm. Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.
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