Black History Bulletin

A peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the education of African Americans. The aim of the publication is to provide primary and secondary educators with innovative materials that teach Black history and conform to national history standards. This is an offi

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 1, Spring

Changing the Literacy Landscape: Looking Back to Move Ahead
The racial reading achievement gap has received a great deal of attention in the United States since the Coleman Report was commissioned by the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1966 to assess the availability of equal educational...
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Cultural Differences in Discourse and Its Impact on the Literacy Achievement of African American Students
In a candid conversation with my 12-yearold sons, I informed them that one's vocabulary and one's ability to write can prevent or grant access to positions of power in our society. Given that my sons had recently expressed interest in attending a high...
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Keeping the Communal Tradition of the Umbra Poets: Creating Space for Writing
In a small room where the pen had the power to make every voice sing, young Black men and women gathered to share their writing, engage in provocative discussions of the world, and collaborate to pen their souls. Uniquely situated in time between the...
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The Literacy Development and Practices within African American Literary Societies
In an address before the American Moral Reform Society on August 17, 1837, James Forten, an African American writer, abolitionist, and businessman, eloquently charged a group of his fellow brethren and advocated for the development of literary institutions...
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Wakeup Everybody: Taking a Look Back to Broaden the Lens of Literacy
Looking back, in 1845, Frederick Douglass painted a mental vision with text when he wrote, "I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that...
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Writing for Social Change: Using the Brownies' Book as a Model Platform to Nurture a New Generation of Writers
Childhood reading is what led me to believe that the whole world was mine to explore, and that no one could limit me--or any child--to only a small part of it. The Brownies 'Book gave many 'colored' or 'Negro' children, as we then were called, that...
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