Encourage • Entertain • Enlighten
Teachers are the unsung heroes (and heroines) of modern society, and I really don’t know how they do what they do. They must compete for children’s attention from distractions like smartphones, iPads, video games, TV and all the social diversions to which kids are prone.
Teaching history to young people must be a mind-numbing experience because few children are interested in anything that happened before they were born. Infusing curiosity is the primary stimulus of learning, and is what every teacher tries to instill in their students. Sometimes the best way to achieve this is to offer a fact or a story that will stir their imagination and make them want to learn more.
As it relates to teaching Black History and using an interesting fact to capture attention, Anita Singleton-Prather is quoted as saying (paraphrased) that “during the middle passage, when slaves were brought from Africa to America, only the strongest survived the harrowing journey”.
As many as 75% of the slaves that came to America arrived via the Lowcountry of South Carolina, which means that many African Americans can trace their roots to that area. It also means that their ancestors were the strongest and bravest survivors of that time in history. This is the kind of fascinating information that will make most kids sit up and pay attention.
Teaching African American History
Let’s face it, reading words on a page and seeing a few photos is boring and not very appealing to most kids today. They were brought-up on movies and Internet video, and textbooks simply cannot hold their attention. This can be a real challenge for teachers, especially when teaching an “uninteresting” topic like history.
The Genesis of African American History
One of the best ways to teach children about the roots of African American history is to show them our new video, “Circle Unbroken”. From Africa and the “Middle Passage” to early traditions and historical realities, they will learn to appreciate the rich and vibrant Gullah culture of the Lowcountry; where black history began in America.
To educate and entertain
“Circle Unbroken” is a moving visual celebration of the Gullah people in words and music narrated by one of America’s foremost cultural historians, Anita Singleton-Prather, and accompanied by The Gullah Kinfolk. This entertaining and enlightening video will appeal to all ages and the irresistible music will have them tapping their toes. People of all races will be moved and come away thinking differently about our shared history.