This program aims to make space for elementary urban educators to engage in conversation about the possibilities and challenges of teaching about slavery, in particular the complex emotional reactions that the subject of slavery generates. Preservice social studies teachers will curate an exhibit on historical and contemporary representations of slavery, utilizing artifacts from the Center for American Music. Experts broadly defined – teacher educators, academic historians, community storytellers, high school students, and artists – will then facilitate workshops on various aspects of teaching children about slavery and navigating the emotions surrounding it. Keynote speaker Vanessa Brantley Newton, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author of the controversial book A Birthday Cake for George Washington, will discuss her personal experiences representing slavery.
Ashley Woodson, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh