VIDEO: Challenging American Inequality: Historical Literacy Matters

“Why have we traditionally looked to historical knowledge as a building block of democratic participation and a central component of what it means to be an American?”

About the Historical Literacy Matters roundtable discussion:

Why have we traditionally looked to historical knowledge as a building block of democratic participation and a central component of what it means to be an American? How can history pedagogy be framed as a challenge to social and economic inequality? How do we reach young learners to appreciate the study of history as integral to their quality of life and the well-being of American democracy?

Roundtable panelists include:

  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library;
  • Prithi Kanakamedala: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bronx Community College;
  • Mae Ngai: Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University;
  • Tim Bailey: Director of Education, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Moderated by Yohuru Williams

Yohuru Williams: Yohuru R. Williams is Professor of History and Author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven and contributing author to United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance (Garn Press) featuring essays by great scholars and renowned teachers who oppose the direction in which President Trump is leading the country. Learn more about the book.

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