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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mizzou Will Host ‘Teaching Black History’ Conference

Story Contact(s):
Cailin Riley,, 573-882-4870

WHAT:           The CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Research, Teaching and Curriculum, a research center at the College of Education, will be hosting the annual “Teaching Black History Conference” to help educators teach black history. Each year, the conference aims to improve black history curriculum decision-making and instructional practice. Individual sessions are led by classroom teachers and university professors. Three black history teaching awards will be presented as well.

WHO:             The special guest is Karyn Parsons, an actress who played Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Parsons also is the creator of Sweet Blackberry, a series of animated films highlighting unsung black heroes throughout American history.

WHEN:           8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, July 27
Parsons will join a panel of educators on stage from 1-2 p.m.

WHERE:         West Middle School

                         401 Clinkscales Rd., Columbia

NOTE:            Karyn Parsons will be available for media interviews for a half hour after the panel. Parking is available at the front of the building.