Understanding the Long View of the African Diaspora

Teaching African American Studies Summer Institute
July 5–9, 2022 at the National Humanities Center

John Hope Franklin (1915–2009)
In the heart of the National Humanities Center sits the John Hope Franklin Conference Room. An NHC Fellow in 1980–81 and 1981–82, Franklin’s remarkable scholarly life was dedicated to ensuring that the contributions and experiences of Black Americans were incorporated into the greater narrative of American history. Understanding how centuries of African displacement and relocation shaped American history and African American studies helps students more fully understand the role that people of African descent have played in American society as laborers and citizens struggling for equality and the contributions they have made in engineering, medicine, art, science, music, and other professions. Students in schools across the nation benefit from having that history available, and educators continually seek new resources and methods for integrating African American perspectives into their instruction.

In partnership with the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at Prairie View A&M University, the National Humanities Center is proud to host the first annual Teaching African American Studies Summer Institute. Open to all K–12 educators, this program will provide an immersive, hands-on learning experience to better understand the approaches and the historical perspective required to create and teach African American studies. Each day’s sessions will include readings and viewings, primary source analysis, and expert scholarship from NHC Fellows. The central theme of this year’s institute will be “Understanding the Long View of the African Diaspora.”

Participants will work with scholars of African American studies to better understand the complexities of the field and the introduction of key concepts in the K–12 classroom. Participants will create classroom-ready instructional resources and publish them as Open Education Resources (OER) in the Humanities in Class Digital Library.

Application Process

Participants will be selected from a competitive application pool. Each will receive a stipend for successful completion of the institute, and all travel expenses will be covered in full.

All current K–12 educators are eligible for this program. However, this institute is primarily designed for middle grades (6–8) and secondary level (9–12) educators. Applicant must be a full-time educator for the 2022–23 academic year.

For more information, contact Andy Mink, Vice President for Education Programs.


To be considered, please submit the following three documents, in order, within one PDF file. Please title your PDF file “Your Last Name, Teaching African American Studies Application” and email it to by May 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm ET.

  • Letter of interest (1-page maximum)
  • Letter of support from direct supervisor
  • Current CV or resume (5-page maximum)


  • Andy Mink

    Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center

  • Marco Robinson

    Assistant Director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice; Associate Professor of History, Prairie View A&M University

  • Michael Williams

    Education Projects Manager, National Humanities Center

John Hope Franklin photo by Ron Jautz