Who was the last African-American your children studied? How long ago was that? Today on Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA President Mike Smith talks with Wanda Gibert about the value of consciously including African-Americans in their history studies.
This week, I’m talking with Wanda Gibert, founder of Heritage House Press. Wanda, thanks for being with us today.
Thanks, Mike! I’m happy to be here with you.
Wanda, you recently authored a new curriculum called Telling the Whole Story: African Americans in History. What motivated you to do this?
Well, Mike, it’s two-fold. The curriculum was birthed from our family’s journey. I will never forget the day when my children looked into my eyes and asked if our history was only one of enslavement. We were in a small history co-op with other homeschooling families, and my children wanted me to find historical characters they could portray other than enslaved Africans. And so my search began over twenty years ago to find answers to my children’s questions. And secondly, as a state leader, I had many families asking me where they could find African-American resources, curriculum, and books. Telling the Whole Story helps answer their need, as well.
Wanda, those are clear and excellent reasons for learning more of how God has used people of African descent in our nation’s history and we thank you for it. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.