Teaching Black History to White People emerged amid arguments about “wokeness” and who has the right to determine what is taught to students. It was born in the summer of 2020 from a series of lectures on the Black Experience that Leonard N. Moore presented to predominantly white audiences and argues one clear and salient point: that a postracial world can emerge only if we teach Black history to white people. We can’t ignore, dismiss, or move past Black history in our haste to build a postracial nation. If everyone were to live with, acknowledge, and explore the Black experience in America, it would allow us to move into the America that Dr. King so eloquently mused about, a world where people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Moore’s vision of the world was shaped by his childhood in a...

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