African & African American Studies
The African and African American History Curriculum will enable students to learn about the origins, wealth of contributions, and courage of Africans and African Americans from Ancient Africa to the modern Diaspora in the Americas and other parts of the world. This instruction is essential in promoting the appreciation of diversity and in nurturing the practice of democratic values and institutions in a pluralistic society, while helping young people build a sense of self-esteem so necessary for success in our world. It also complies with Florida State Law adopted in 1994 and revised in 2002.
Diaspora - any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily, as Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Africans and African Americans have made and continue to make major contributions to the world’s history and cultures. This legacy has its roots in Ancient Africa and adaptations are worldwide.
For over 500 years, people of African descent have shaped the course of American history. From the fight against slavery to electing this country’s first African American president, we will explore the triumphs and tragedies of the African and African American experience with our extensive timeline.
This information will be incorporated into the curriculum and will emanate from a culturally diverse perspective, pro-actively utilizing current methodologies and technologies.
Florida Statute 1003.42 (2)(h)
Below is the statute that is the guiding mission of the State of Florida’s Task Force on African American History.
(2) Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the following:
(h) The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society. Instructional materials shall include the contributions of African Americans to American society.