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AP African American Studies

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Beginning in the Fall of 2023, Moreau Catholic will be one of a select number of schools in the nation to join the second year of the AP African American Studies pilot course as part of the Social Studies Department offerings. 

Being part of this pilot allows Moreau Catholic to offer this course before it becomes more generally available to schools everywhere. In this course, Moreau Catholic students will have the opportunity to engage with a multidisciplinary curriculum developed partly by renowned Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. (pictured left) involving history, civil rights, politics, literature, arts, and geography.

On February 1st of this year, the first day of Black History Month, the College Board released the Official AP African American Studies Course Framework, which has been in development for the last year. From the College Board AP Program:

"To develop this official course framework, the AP Program consulted with more than 300 professors of African American Studies from more than 200 colleges nationwide, including dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The course focuses on the topics where professors shared a strong consensus on the essential shared events, experiences, and individuals crucial to a study of African American history and culture. This process was completed in December 2022."

Social Studies faculty member and Mock Trial Head coach, Glenn Davis '15 (pictured right) has been selected to teach the course. Davis shared, "I'm excited to dive into something that's close to me as a black person, my culture, my history." He will attend a multi-day AP Summer Institute (APSI) training at Howard University to prepare to teach the course in the fall.

"African American studies is American studies," Davis reminds us, "Black people have been here really since the beginning, so it's really tied to our nation, our history, our culture, our society. It's really not a class just for Black people, so I hope that a diverse group of students will take the class."

Davis sums up the importance of this class:

"One of the things I like about the class is that the focus is a bit more varied. I think a lot of times when we talk about Black history, it's very easy to just focus on suffering: slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, the transatlantic slave trade, and the Middle Passage. There is so much suffering, so you can't ignore that, but talking about ways in which the Black community overcome that suffering, talk about ways in which Black people throughout history have created things and have contributed to society, and contributed to culture and contributed to our country. I think a lot of the class will be about that."

Students interested in registering for the course for Fall 2023 can speak to their counselors. 


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