In speaking of Afrocentric Homeschooling, or homeschooling with a black history emphasis, the point is not to exclude homeschoolers who are not black, but to help those who wish to have this information be they African American, Caribbean, African, or Caucasian.
Question: I am an African American Homeschooler looking for curriculum with a black history emphasis. Do you know of any such curriculum?
Answer: There is no existing homeschool curriculum that has a black history emphasis. There are some that cover African History and American History a little better than others, (instead of just grazing over difficult subjects), but as a full curriculum, it doesn’t really exist.
There are however online resources and other options that will help African American Homeschoolers teach black history to their students. Here are some of those resources:
A to Z homeschooling has compiled a list of African American homeschool associations across the country that will help black homeschoolers connect and work together to teach homeschooling from an Afrocentric viewpoint.
Biography.com has a black history time-line that can be very useful in teaching black history to homeschoolers.
Scholastic.com lists an evolution of black history where students will learn about everything from the slavery and the Underground Railroad, to Civil Rights, to modern role models like the jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
RaceandHistory.com explores Black civilizations of Ancient America. This is a good site to help teach the rich culture of the African race.
In addition to these websites and countless others that are constantly being created, homeschoolers looking for a black history emphasis can alter almost any curriculum to give it a black history emphasis. For example, I am currently using the free homeschool high school AP curriculum found at hippocampus.org which goes into depth on some of the issues that affected African Americans. We linger longer over these areas and take time to do deeper research and discuss these issues in a way that teaches the children about the history of the country while remembering to build them up and let them know that our country has and still is moving on from the troubled history of the past.
Some ways to delve deeper into subjects such as slavery, and civil rights is to read historical novels on the subject. One of the most popular and most renowned of these novels is Roots by Alex Haley. This book is ideal for late middle school to early high school students to read for an in depth understanding of what really happened in slavery. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and biographies on Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Fredrick Douglass are also great books to add to any curriculum to give the students and Afrocentric emphasis.