Educator develops free online course on black history and culture


Education, like many other sectors, has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the country closed earlier this year to protect students and faculty, opting for remote learning until further notice. In light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, a teacher decided to create a free online course for kids to learn about black history and politics.

Dr. Sheva Quinn launched the black classical university program in June focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and the impact it is having on the nation in real time. Quinn says many parents are grateful for the program to educate their children about the importance of the modern civil rights movement and other facts of black history during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Right now I’m inundated with parents who want to enroll their kids in my program because they’re worried about sending them back to school with COVID,” Quinn said in an interview with Room back in July. “They wanted an environment where kids can see teachers who look like them, teach history related to them, and with the Black Lives Matter protests and social injustices going on, they’re forced to have those discussions and some parents don’t know how to do that. We cannot shelter them when it is their reality.

“We will talk about the circumstances surrounding Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and others,” Quinn added. “We also have guest speakers who have been at the forefront of protests, in law, history and more. The thing is, this isn’t new. It’s just that the cameras are there now. This course is designed to raise their awareness, see what activism looks like and understand what they may be facing.