Executive Director : Community Outreach. 2009
Papers Refereed ; I direct a middle-school outreach program serving high-potential students from the Durham Public Schools. For several weeks each summer and at least once per month during the school year, my team and I, along with invited artists, scholars and university professors, guide approximately 35 middle-schoolers in reach on a year-long theme in African and African-diaspora history. The students conduct research through books, archives, visits to historic sites, and oral interviews. The students then publish their work. Two years ago, they generated an interactive educational module for fourth-graders about the "Wilmington Riots" of 1898. Last year, with the support of a grant that we won from NEH, they designed a traveling museum exhibition called "Freedom Crafters," about the enterprise and creativity through which African Americans in the antebellum South achieved their freedom and about the products of their craft. This year, the Young Scholars are publishing a book for other young people about the struggles, the methods, the ideas, and the achievements of pathbreaking historian Dr. John Hope Franklin. I regularly give lectures to and host conversations with the Young Scholars about these and related themes. Last year, we also graduated our first three-year cohort. Entering high school, those Young Scholars were expected to move on and to inspire their high school fellows with the same spirit of scholarship and confidence in learning that they acquired with us. They are, indeed, moving on and spreading the word. But they so enjoyed the Program, that all of them asked to be able to stay on as counselors for the next generation. We are happy to have been able to do so.
Service Performed By
Executive Director : Community Outreach
Location or Venue
John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program, Duke University