Missouri center aims to promote black history education

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri educators hope a newly launched center will help improve black history education.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Carter Center aims to conduct research on black history education, enhance K-12 instruction and design curriculums.

Missouri is one of more than 40 states that don’t require a black history portion in K-12 curriculum.

The center’s founders say a better understanding of all Americans’ history will help create a more equitable society.

Center Founding Director LaGarrett King says black history is often reduced to slavery, reconstruction and civil rights. He says that can lead to blind spots in students’ understanding.

The center opening follows protests in 2015 by a black student activist group against systemic racism at the university.