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VVA to offer African American History course in Spring 2021

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Registration now open!

Virtual Virginia will offer the new African American History course starting in spring 2021.

In this full-credit, high school elective course, students will examine the role African Americans have played in American history. The activities and assignments in the course promote cultural awareness and critical thinking through the lenses of power, politics, economics, and geography. Students will trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of race relations in the United States.

In 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam directed the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to collaborate with Virtual Virginia, WHRO Public Media, and committees of history teachers, historians, and history professors to develop the new African American History course.

In this full-credit course, students will:

  • identify and understand the African origins and developments of the Black experience in North America;
  • evaluate how African Americans have shaped, have contributed, and have been shaped by the institutions, policies, and laws established by federal, state, and local governments;
  • evaluate and interpret the various paths of civic responsibility that led to quests for equality, justice, and freedom for individuals and communities facing barriers and oppression based on race, class, and gender; and
  • analyze and understand how the institution of slavery in the United States shaped beliefs about race and the supremacy of one race over another and influenced America’s economy and politics.

Students also will complete a variety of required readings and will participate in discussion boards and group projects. This course contains a mix of writing, analytical, and creative assignments.

Enrollment is now open in this course for Spring Block 2021.

Students and parents, please speak to your local school counselor to register for the course.

Counselors, see instructions for course registration.

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