Michael Hines on the Fight for Black History in Schools

On Monday, November 13, 2023, historian Michael Hines will discuss his book A Worthy Piece of Work: The Untold Story of Madeline Morgan and the Fight for Black History in Schools, which details how African Americans educator activists in the early twentieth century created new curriculum around race and historical representation.

Michael Hines is a historian of American education, an assistant professor of Education, and an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. His work focuses on the educational activism of Black teachers, students, and communities during the Progressive Era (1890s–1940s). Besides his book, A Worthy Piece of Work, Dr. Hines has published articles and book chapters in the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly, Review of Educational Research, and the Journal of the History Childhood and Youth, and in popular outlets including the Washington Post, Time magazine, and Chalkbeat.

Hines will be in conversation with a teacher. Click the link below and add your name to a list to be notified when registration is open.


These online classes with people’s historians are held at least once a month (generally on Mondays) at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 90 minutes. In each session, the historian is interviewed by a teacher and breakout rooms allow participants to meet each other in small groups, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff. Parents, students, and others are also welcome to participate.

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