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Feb. 9 Teaching American History workshop focuses on black history

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Teachers can prepare to observe February as Black History Month in their classrooms at a workshop Saturday, Feb. 9, at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     “From Bondage to Belonging” will be offered through the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Southeastern, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, and other educational partners.

     The workshop is open to all teachers, with priority given to those who teach American and Louisiana history. Ann Trappey, director of the TAH project, said participating teachers can earn a $65 stipend and six hours of Continuing Learning Units.

     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fayard Hall, 1205 North Oak Street, on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond.

     Bill Robison, head of Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science and academic coordinator of the TAH project, said the workshop will feature College of Holy Cross professors B. Eugene McCarthy and Thomas L. Doughton. The professors will discuss their new book, “From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives,” and will also present “Using Slave Narratives in the Classroom.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

     The workshop will also include an introduction by Robison and a discussion of assessment guides by Trappey. It will conclude with a tour of the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammond.

     To register or for more information, contact Trappey at, 985-748-2443 (phone), or 985-748-2445 (fax).

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