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Teaching Black History Conference - July 24-25, 2020

  • 1.  Teaching Black History Conference - July 24-25, 2020

    Posted 02-19-2020 10:02:00 PM



    A Call for Proposals


    3rd Annual Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference

    July 24 and 25, 2020

    Kansas City, Missouri



    At the very core of Black history-making are the infinite contributions of Black women. From the warrior women of ancient African civilizations to the networks of Black women who led national protests under the slogan #BlackLivesMatter, women have been the visionaries, organizers, cultural producers, and community builders who have sustained Black excellence and survival, even in the face of systemic oppression. Although the scholarship in the ever-growing field of Black Women's Studies is expansive and rich, conventional explorations and teachings of Black history continue to neglect the vital role and influence of Black women over time. We invite educators to join us for the third annual conference of the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education to commemorate "Black Herstories" as a framework and praxis of Black liberation and history-making.


    "Herstories" or herstory is a concept that radically challenges the ways in which (his)torical studies have been shaped by narratives of a few "Great Black Men." In 2014, Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network, published "A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement" to reclaim the origins of the intervention, but more importantly, to fight the erasure of Black women and the theft of their intellectual and physical labor in organizing resistance to state violence. The erasure of Black women, and their ideas, is a persistent problem in Black historical studies; one that distorts Black history, and thus, our understanding of present-day realities. We draw upon "herstory" or "herstories" to encourage a radical reorientation of how we investigate, preserve, and teach the past, understanding that the contributions of Black women should not simply fall under additive models. Black Herstories explores the distinct lived experiences and frameworks that deepen our understanding of the entanglements of race, class and gender and enrich our analysis of what it means to be human and how we get free.





    This multi-day conference aims to bring together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Pk-12 Black history, not only through history classes but also through other humanities courses. Workshop presentations are informative and interactive, providing participants with teaching culturally relevant and sustaining strategies and resources to incorporate Black Herstories throughout the school year and across curriculum disciplines. We encourage workshop proposals that highlight women throughout the African Diaspora as history makers – the freedom fighters, innovators, leaders, teachers, trend-setters, professionals, entrepreneurs, theorists, artists, healers, workers, and bridge-builders who have profoundly shaped the worlds they inhabited, in known and unknown ways. Thus, we aim to explore themes related to Black world populations beyond the borders of the United States, including Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the motherland Africa.





    Presentations should take the form of workshops that will actively engage conference participants. In order to highlight how to teach Black herstory across subject areas, we welcome submissions from all disciplines.

    In 300 – 500 words, please submit proposals that address the following:

    • Topic
    • Learning Objectives
    • Category (PK/elementary, middle/high, general, or University)
    • Curricular issue and pedagogical approach(es)
    • Structure of workshop (explain how the workshop will be conducted)
    • Special technical requirements


    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 29, 2020


    Presentation proposals will fit into one of the following four categories:


    1. Early childhood/elementary (K-5)
    2. Middle/High School (6-12)
    3. General (all academic levels)
    4. University teacher education or the training of practicing teachers





    Presenters will be allotted 45 minutes to conduct their workshops, with 15 additional minutes for audience interaction. Note: Depending on the number of accepted proposals, the structure and logistics of the conference presentation may change.

    Presenters are responsible for providing any/all materials they plan to use or distribute in their presentation. Workshops will take place in classrooms that have projectors and/or SmartBoards. Presenters must bring their own laptops and connection cables/cords.

    Commercial solicitation is prohibited at all presentations. If you are representing a commercial interest, your presentation must be educational in nature. If the essential purpose of a proposal is to promote books, materials, or services for sale, it will not be accepted. There will be vendor space for those sorts of inquiries.


    Proposals will NOT be accepted after the submission deadline, February 29, 2020. Please submit proposals here.





    • Teaching Black Women's Intellectual Traditions

    (Maria Stewart; Sojourner Truth; Mary Ann Shadd; Rose Fortune; Anna Julia Cooper; Ida B. Wells-Barnett; Mary Church Terrell; Dionne Brand, Rosemary Brown, and Afua Cooper; Claudia Jones; Amy Jacques Garvey; Blues Women; Angela Davis; bell hooks, Patricia Hill Collins; Barbara Smith, Audre Lorde, among so many others...)


    • Teaching Black Women, Slavery, and Resistance

    (slave narratives; female enslavement and the Middle Passage; women-led slave rebellions; maroonage; Queen Nzinga and the fight against Portuguese slavery; slave advertisements; legal testimony; Black women abolitionists; culture, family, and community during slavery; gender and slave labor; slavery, Black women, and the law; free Black women; Black Canadian women and abolition; Underground Railroad; preservation of African culture in religion, spirituality, music, folktales, language, food; Callie House and early reparations movement; Black women and the Civil War)


    • Teaching Black Women, Children and Families

    (gender, labor practices, legal rights before European contact; reproductive rights; othermothering; "it takes a village" and community care; economics and subsistence; fictive kin; and reconstitution of family during slavery and post-emancipation; domestic work; Canada's West Indian Domestic Scheme; minstrelsy, race, gender & representation; public policy)


    • Teaching African Women in Antiquity

    (Nile Valley – Nubia, Ethiopia, and Egypt)


    • Teaching Black Women's Critical Theories and its uses in Pk-12 classrooms

    (Black Feminism and its Critique of Women's Liberation and White Feminism; Africana Womanism; Womanism; African Feminisms; Intersectionality; Culture of Dissemblance; Politics of Respectability; Black Women and Marxism; Black Queer Theory)


    • Teaching Activism, Organizing and Leadership

    (Black women and social movements; Garveyism; Harlem Renaissance; Black Women's Club Movement; Rape as Racial Violence; Ida B. Wells and Anti-lynching; Civil Rights Movement; Black Women and Black Power; Black Feminism; The Hour-A-Day Study Club, Viola Desmond and Canadian civil rights movement; Carrie Best; Anticolonial and Anti-Imperialist Struggles)


    Other general topics in Black Herstory might include:


    • Teaching Precolonial Africa
    • Teaching Black Women and the Arts
    • Teaching Black Women in STEM
    • Teaching Black Women's Literature and Black Women Writers
    • Teaching Institution Building during de jure and de facto Segregation
    • Teaching History of Black Education
    • Teaching Black Women and Politics
    • Teaching Reproductive Rights and Medical Racism
    • Teaching Black Female Culture
    • Teaching Black Women and Religion; African Spirituality
    • Teaching Black Women's Contributions to the World of Sports
    • Teaching Black Women in Military History
    • Teaching the Suffrage Movement and Black Women's Right to Vote
    • Teaching Pan-Africanism and Black Internationalism
    • Teaching Gender and Racial Violence
    • Teaching Autobiography and Biographical Studies





    Those who submit proposals will be notified of their receipt within a week of submission. Acceptance or rejection of the proposal will be communicated starting March 21, 2020. If you do not receive notification by March 23, 2020, please contact LaGarrett King at If accepted, you will be required to register for the conference. The registration fee is $75.00 USD.





    The Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K-12 Black history education. The center engages in services and teaching related to its research mission while also helping to build networks of people and organizations committed to Black history education.


    For more information, please visit our website:



    Shakealia Y. Finley
    AAESS Community Chairperson