Dominican University is working with Proviso Township Math and Science Academy to offer a dual credit course on "Africa and African American Thought" as part of the high school's expanded and enhanced Black History program. The course, which will be taught by Nkuzi Nnam, director of Dominican's Black World Studies program, will be open to junior and senior students. The program was spurred by Proviso students, including Ivoryana Neal and Danaria Keys (pictured), who wanted a more robust treatment of Black History than what they had been receiving. Proviso Township High School District 209 officials hope the program will serve as a model for high schools across the state.

Starting this fall, students at three Proviso Township high schools will be required to take at least one semester-long course on Black history, which will reach far beyond the teachings of slavery to encompass the study of ancient African civilizations as well as modern events and movements. The program, which uses the online Black History 365 textbook and curriculum, will give students access to more than 3,000 documents and artifacts in The Freeman Institute Black History Collection. The goal of the comprehensive program is to give students a better appreciation and understanding of their culture and the contributions made by Blacks for more than five centuries. 

You can read the entire article here: New Black history program at Proviso Township District 209 serves as model for Illinois schools - Chicago Tribune

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