Teaching Students A New Black History

“Unapologetically Black Education. Personal, world-class education at home for $10 per session,” declares www.Reconstruction.us, founded by educator Kaya Henderson and a leadership team of other African Americans. “Time is limited in traditional public schools, and she wanted to see what could be done with a voluntary, supplemental program where the teachers and the children were all Black,” Anya Kamenetz reported for National Public Radio. The site launched in the fall of 2020 as a for-profit startup that offers live video classes over Zoom.

Classes “range from soul food cooking, to Black feminism, to the tradition of West African griot — oratory and storytelling skills. There’s even a class called Black Shakespeare, where readers explore themes like migration and slavery in plays like Othello and The Tempest. The classes cost $10 for each one-hour Zoom session, typically 10 sessions to a class. They’ve hired hundreds of tutors and signed up several thousand students so far.”

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