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The Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri leverages history educators, social studies teachers, community educators, policy makers as well as other advocates to transform Black history education in today’s public, private, and homeschooled environments.

The Carter Center focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K-12 Black history education. The center engages in services and teaching related to its research mission while also helping to build networks of people and organizations committed to Black history education.

Teaching Black History Conference

Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach PK-12 Black history in both history and humanities courses. Teachers gain tangible strategies to incorporate in their classrooms that focus on content and pedagogy, active learning, support and collaboration, and instructional approaches.

2021 Teaching Black History Conference

4th Annual Teaching Black History Conference, Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education, University of Missouri, July 23-25, 2021, held online,

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Teaching Black History Conference! This year’s conference will honor the men and women of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street (coined by Booker T. Washington) as well as other Black communities that gained economic independence along with those who were victimized by racial violence.

Over 60 presentations from K-12 educators around the world!

  • Online July 23-25, 2021
  • 8 am – 4 pm CST
  • Registration $99
Register today!

Featured Presentations:

Kimberly Ellis

Dr. Kimberly Ellis

Remembering Black Wall Street

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

There is no ‘race’ card: Thwarting the never-ending attempts at Black progress

Val Brown

Val Brown

When learning hurts: Honoring student emotions when learning about racial violence  

Hannibal Johnson

Hannibal Johnson

The All Black towns in Oklahoma

Karlos Hill

Dr. Karlos Hill

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History

Past Conferences

Teaching Black History Conference 2018, Across the Disciplines, A Black Studies Approach
Teaching Black History Across the Disciplines: A Black Studies Approach
Teaching Black History Conference 2019, 400 years and Counting
400 Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and its Afterlife
Teaching Black History Conference 2020, Teaching Black HERstories
Teaching Black HERstories


The Carter Center is committed to a robust, impactful, and interdisciplinary research agenda that seeks to create new knowledge to advance Black history education and generate ideas and practices to improve student learning. The initiative also includes grant writing to support the research agenda. Scholarship of the highest quality will focus on multiple areas including but not limited to the following:

  1. Curriculum and curriculum development,
  2. Critical and effective pedagogies by researching master teachers of Black history as well as evaluating how established approaches such as critical race theory and culturally sustaining pedagogy contribute to Black history learning and teaching.
  3. The impact of federal, state and local policy on Black history curriculum and pedagogy, and
  4. The psychological and sociological influences on students, teachers, and society.

As part of our research initiative, the Carter Center has a group of affiliated faculty members from around the country named, the K-12 Black History Research Consortium. Collectively, these scholars have hundreds of quality research studies on Black history education and close to 2 million dollars of grants currently under review.

Teacher Professional Development

The Carter Center is committed to improving Black history curriculum and instruction. We understand that history and social studies teachers are curriculum gatekeepers in how Black history is delivered. Research has indicated that many teachers lack the professional development necessary to provide quality Black history instruction. Our goal is to help teachers expand on Black history knowledge and assist them in seeking appropriate teaching methods associated with the subject. Our annual Teaching Black History Conference as well as our teacher professional development program serves as examples. Additionally, we will build a Teaching Black history certificate program for teachers and educators. We will also create content through digital mediums such as podcasting and webinars.

Black History Networks

The Carter Center is not the only entity that promotes quality Black history education. Therefore, we are committed to engaging and collaborating with other people and organizations in helping promote Black history education. Our goal is to connect with these organizations and combine resources in order to promote our goals of understanding Black history curriculum, pedagogy, policy, and its psychological and sociological influences. Our partnerships with Liberated history, a digital African American lesson plan depository, and the Carter Center’s Board of Advisors and K-12 Black History Research Consortium are a few examples of our networks.