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'The History They Don’t Teach in School': A MasterClass on Black History

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In honor of Black History Month, MasterClass is allowing free streaming of their three-part Black history course during the month of February. The MasterClass is a part of a $2 million initiative to educate people about Critical Race Theory, social justice and the history of white supremacy. The masterclass is broken into three parts that are centered around the topics of Black history, Black love and Black freedom.

This is the first time that a class like this has ever been available for free on the platform. In addition to this initiative, MasterClass has partnered with Amazon to make the course available through other streaming platforms like IMDb TV and Prime Video (if you are already a Prime member).

The class is being taught by the following Black writers, professors, and intellectual thinkers:

  • Jelani Cobb, a writer for The New Yorker and journalism professor at Columbia University

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created the 1619 Project and is Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University

  • Angela Davis, a professor at the University of California- Santa Cruz

  • John McWhorter, professor at Columbia University

  • Cornel West, a philosophy and Christian practices professor at Union Theological Seminary

  • Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a professor at both the UCLA and Columbia Schools of Law who created the term “critical race theory”

  • Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

These seven powerful voices bring life to the history of Black America from its past to its present and give light to its future as well. To learn more about the MasterClass, visit

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