WHAT IS THE CULTURAL HERITAGE GROUP?
Cultural Heritage Group is an educational initiative created to utilize project based learning, or learning by doing. The goal of this initiative is to address critical shortfalls in middle and high school students’ knowledge of American history, financial literacy, our political system, and their roles as citizens. CHG is a collaborative effort of educators, historians, instructional designers and creative strategists, committed to designing and implementing learning strategies that are based on the learner.
Recent events in the news re-enforce the urgency for black children to learn their history and understand the true culture of America as it relates to them and their history.
For the past three years we have successfully conducted summer Saturday morning and after school workshops for k-8 students where they constructed personally meaningful artifacts based on what they learned. We use writing, video, photography, computer labs and other multimedia tools. Our social and familial history should be at the fiber of our children’s everyday lives and personal development. So we are working on a new internet-based Black History 365 program, using visual arts education.
We believe that visual arts integrated into project based learning is critical to reach today’s children. Statistics show that our children spend more than four hours everyday watching television, DVDs or videos; one hour using a computer; and 49 minutes playing video games. In many cases, youths are engaged in two or more of these activities at the same time.
HAYTI: THE LEGACY OF BLACK AMERICA
A Documentary Film
This film is an integral part of our workshop strategy. It is one of the tools we use to navigate the digital world we live in today. We chose Hayti as our focus because for the first 100 years of Durham’s existence Hayti plan a significant role in the city’s success. Our children need to know that they have a rich history, and much to celebrate. Hayti is the best example of self-reliance, cohesiveness and Black progress. By Looking Back We will be able to Move Forward.
Jaisun G. McMillian
Kelvin D. Allen
Victor R. Stone
Nathaniel B. White, Jr.
W. Calvin Anderson, M.Ed
Dr. Beverly Washington Jones
IF WE WANT CHILDREN TO KNOW THEIR HISTORY,
WE CAN BEGIN BY SHARING STORIES.
The 2001 Ebony magazine article, “How to Teach Your Child Black History,” begins with a note to parents:
“Your child shouldn’t see a stoplight, flip a light switch, eat a peanut butter sandwich, or put on cotton pajamas without discussing black inventors. [Your child] shouldn’t watch a baseball game, track meet, golf tournament or a tennis match without discussing legendary black athletes. Your child shouldn’t pass a bus stop, lunch counter, water fountain or public bathroom without discussing the Civil Rights Movement. And your child definitely shouldn’t leave the library or record store without knowing about famous black icons in publishing and entertainment.”