Miami University faculty and students collaborated with Cincinnati Public School (CPS) administrators and teachers to bridge the digital divide while teaching African American history and antiracism philosophy. In collaboration with Professor Brown and CPS history teacher Neal Carrol, they created a Black History curriculum and smartphone application for teaching the course to students at Cincinnati's Aiken High School.
The lab explored antiracism as a pedagogical approach and way of being in the world through the study of major themes in African American history and culture. Starting with the political landscape of slavery in the Americas and ending with critical analysis of race in twenty-first century America, students in the lab analyzed the complex and diverse ways in which peoples of African descent have constructed Black identities, confronted racial oppression, and forged transnational political and cultural alliances. The lab’s primary goal was to develop a smartphone app that increases high school student engagement and fosters a nuanced understanding of African American history and antiracist philosophy.