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The company’s latest digital learning initiative aims to inspire students and spark critical conversations and learning around race and equity, year-round.
Leading social impact education innovator EVERFI.
today launched a Black History Month Challenge, to support youth education
on race and equity. The Challenge, taking place this month, is a
first-of-its-kind national competition to help middle- and high-school students
across the United States understand the Black experience through perspectives,
successes, and struggles — and keep the Black history conversation and learning
going all year long.
Designed to inspire today’s students by telling stories about the African
American experience, the Black History Month Challenge will empower students
through the sharing and
of Black perspectives across generations, elevate history as a lens to
transform students’ perception of the world around them.
The Challenge is built around material from EVERFI’s 306: Continuing the Story
– Black History Curriculum, a recent extension to the company’s original 306:
African American History course that was launched in 2013.
“For too long, Black history education has focused on a handful of memorable
moments and events; and is often not viewed within the context of American
history, but rather as a separate history lesson,” said Jesse Bridges, SVP
of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at EVERFI. “Understanding what has happened
in our past and drawing connections to present-day events helps us better
understand the world around us today.”
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Students participating in the Challenge will be guided through four digital
lessons and complete a capstone essay in which they will share a plan for
keeping the conversation about Black history going year-round in their
community. Three winners will be chosen based on their essay and will receive
college scholarships totaling $20,000. Students must be age 13 and older to
participate in the essay contest.
“There are many significant events that have shaped Black history in the United
States, and there is often more to the story than what we learn in textbooks.
While we are launching this initiative in February, the goal of the Black
History Month Challenge is to highlight the exceptional spirit of the Black
community, illuminate the continued fight for equity, and spark critical
conversations about social justice across the year,” Bridges said. “We are
grateful for the organizations that have chosen to participate in this
undertaking with us.”
The Black History Month Challenge is supported by companies including Altice
USA (through its consumer brands Optimum and Suddenlink),
Citizens, Principal; and sports organizations Major League Baseball,
Major League Soccer and the NFL.
The Black History Curriculum will expose students to topics and events
including Black history before slavery, the historical significance of
Juneteenth and Black Wall Street, as well as the protests and marches for civil
rights and equality. Students will also learn about Black business titans, the
history behind the racial wealth
and how Black entrepreneurs and
are overcoming challenges, to name a few.
To learn more or participate in the Black History Challenge,
Published Feb 2, 2021 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm GMT / 7pm CET