We were able to write a curriculum for high school students to begin a course in African American Studies. A group of San Antonio educators, including myself, helped to develop the curriculum at the State Board of Education (SBOE) with the help of trustees Aicha Davis out of Dallas and Marissa Perez-Diaz of San Antonio. The SBOE voted unanimously to approve the course that can now be offered across the state. According to Dr. Lawrence Scott of San Antonio Texas A&M, “A San Antonio contingent met several times over the course of 7 months to help review and make recommendations to the well-planned and implemented curriculum already operationalized by our colleagues in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Many of our African American Studies course advisory team members have served in the K-12 and higher education systems and know firsthand the importance of students interfacing with a curriculum that is culturally enriched and sustaining. . . . We have witnessed many of our students become disengaged because the curriculum didn’t speak to their unique, culturally-nuanced experiences. We recognize that this disengagement can lead to the miseducation of our students, which will ultimately lead to baneful outcomes for everyone.”
The course should be accepted by school districts and this is where the community needs to let their school board members know that we want this course to happen. We have already received indications that local San Antonio school districts are interested. As an instructor of African American Studies, I know that much of what students learn at the high school level is boring and does not relate to the real issues that face the black community or provide a solid understanding of the tremendous contributions that blacks have played in the development of the United States. Black History is American history is every respect and all ethnic groups need to know the importance of this history.
The African American Studies Course Curriculum Advisory Team (San Antonio) consisted of: Dr. Donna Ford-Distinguished Professor Ohio State University, Dr. Cary Latimore-History Department Chair Trinity University, Professor Mario Marcel Salas-African American Studies Professor/Author/Historian, University of Texas at San Antonio and President of KROV Radio, Dr. Dorinda Rolle, Professor of African American Studies-University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Claudia Garcia-Luis, Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ms. La Juana Chambers-President San Antonio African American Community Archive Museum, Dr. Nicole Carr, Assistant Professor English-Texas A&M University San Antonio, Dr. Ramona Pittman, Professor-Texas A&M University of San Antonio, Mr. Cary Clack-Senior Columnist San Antonio Express News, Trustee Jose Macias, Board Trustee-Alamo Colleges, Ms. Morgan Jones, Learning & Development Specialist-Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Ms. Laura Thompson, CEO TAAN TV, Dr. Aaron Griffin, Director of Diversity-Equity and Inclusion/Author/Consultant DSST Public Schools/Prosperity Educators, LLC.
Other team members included; D.L. Grant- Carver Library, Antoinette Franklin Entrepreneur/Founder, Talented Tenth Scholars/Author Library Association/Deltas, Ms. Quincy Boyd-Regional Director Leadership ISD, Dr. Milton Fields Associate Superintendent-Judson Independent School District, Ms. La Quita Dalton, Secondary Teacher-Judson Independent School District, Ms. Graciela Escobedo-Bell Leadership Coordinator-San Antonio Independent School District, Ms. Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff San Antonio Independent School District, Mrs. Edwina L. Salas, Reading Specialist-San Antonio Independent School District, Jason Rochon, Secondary Teacher-San Antonio Independent School District, Ronald Tipton, CTE Educator-South San Independent School District, Community College District, Trustee Alicia Perry School Board Trustee District 2-San Antonio Independent School District, Dr. Langston Williams Pastor/Retired School Principal Magnolia Church / San Antonio Independent School District, Dr. Mateen Diop, Principal/Executive Director-San Antonio Independent School District, Ms. Antoinette Franklin, Founder of Talented Tenth Scholars/Author-San Antonio Library Association, Dr. D. Anthony Miles Entrepreneur/Researcher/Statistician-Miles Development Industries Corporation, and many others from across the state and nation.