Virtual and interactive expeditions for Black History Month offer students a diverse and multidimensional look at African Americans throughout history

North Mankato, Minnesota (January 28, 2022) – The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, a veteran expert and thought leader in the virtual learning space, today launched a set of virtual and interactive real-world expeditions for students that cover historical events , cultural and societal significance for Black History Month.

CILC’s 10 virtual outings transcend other well-meaning, but often one-dimensional and oversimplified accounts of African-American historical figures by offering students detailed insight into the encounters, achievements, and heroism of African-Americans of all ages. days throughout history. In addition to the Civil Rights era, excursions cover everything from the American Revolution and its relationship to enslaved African Americans to the impacts of sharecropping and homesteading for black farmers and Western communities to the struggle for racial equality in the military during World War II. These “journeys” also examine the meaning of race, jazz history, myths and misconceptions about Africa.

“These interactive, virtual learning programs tear down the walls of the classroom and take students back in time to witness the generations of African Americans who have both struggled and triumphed throughout the history of our country, while highlighting current situations that many black people are still experiencing today,” said Glenn Morris, CEO of CILC.

Live and interactive field trips give students the opportunity to engage directly with museum curators, historians, authors, researchers, and other experts. While virtual expeditions have become more popular in recent years – even more so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – the range of real-world programs offered by CILC and its content collaborators sets them apart from traditional pre-recorded web experiences.

Three of the offerings are free to the public, while others are chargeable.

The selections below offer an engaging resource for educators who want to expand their Black History curriculum in a unique and authentic way.

  1. Diversity of the American West, Booth Western Art Museum
  2. The History of Jazz, Manhattan School of Music
  3. African American Pioneers (free), Pro Football Hall of Fame
  4. It’s NOT Black or White: How a Museum Defines “Race”, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  5. Protest Segregation in Maryland, Maryland Center for History and Culture
  6. Double Victory: African Americans in World War II, The National WWII Museum
  7. Black Homesteaders on the Great Plains (Free), Homestead National Historical Park
  8. Slavery and the American Revolution, HistoryConnects of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  9. The beauty of Africa, Oiada International
  10. Farm Family and Slavery in White Haven (Free), Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Teachers, school administrators and childcare professionals are encouraged to browse CILC’s comprehensive library of programs and learn more about free membership opportunities at cilc.org.

About Black History Month

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, by President Gerald R. Ford, who urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the all too often overlooked accomplishments of black people.” Americans in all areas of activity in our history”. Every US president since then has officially designated February as Black History Month because it coincides with the births of former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

About the Center for Interactive and Collaborative Learning

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting young minds to unique and diverse content, breaking down barriers to accessing education, and closing the learning gap. opportunities for underserved communities. Founded in 1994, CILC was a leader in the interactive virtual learning space before “distance learning” and “virtual experiences” were slogans. Over the years, CILC has developed hundreds of partnerships with organizations such as museums, zoos, science and performing arts centers and has offered 113,000 global programs to 3.5 million students worldwide. . CILC is committed to changing lives by making learning accessible, regardless of physical or financial location mean. For more information on CILC programming or to incorporate programs into a school’s curriculum, please visit cilc.org.

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