1619 Unit Plan: African American Cultural Achievements and Identity

Posted by Pulitzer Center on August 9, 2022

This unit was created by Buffalo Public Schools Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives as part of the 2021 cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network. It is designed for facilitation across approximately three weeks with daily lessons.

Unit Overview

Students will examine and analyze the common theme embedded throughout this unit: The development of African American culture and identity linked back to enslaved Africans and important African Americans throughout history.

Students will examine the contributions made by enslaved Africans to the financial wealth and success of the United States. Over this unit, students will read and analyze two excerpts from The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project article “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, as well as several primary and secondary sources.

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