manandsonThe question of the how best to honor the contributions of students’ cultures is yet to be resolved.  In the case of African-American history, many people think that an intense focus during Black History Month is best.  Other educators believe that African-American history should be taught all year round.  The key for Black children, it seems, is to make sure that it is taught to them.  Britni Danielle writes in her article, “New Study:  Black Students Who Are Taught Racial Pride Do Better in School,” in Clutch Magazine article about the results of a recent study “affirming a black child’s desire to learn about their race does more than just give them a personal boost, it helps them academically as well.”

University of Pittsburgh researcher, Ming-Te Wang, and Harvard University’s James P. Huguley conducted the study that indicated that “’racial socialization’ –teaching kids about their culture and involving them in activities that promote racial pride and connection—helps to offset the discrimination and racial prejudices children face by the outside world.” Wang explains that “race blindness” may not be the best parenting approach for African-American children.  The outcome for children is negative whether parents engage in racially conscious parenting that is racially blind or that promotes mistrust of other races.

The results of this study suggest that instilling racial pride in black children is a major component of their success.  According to Wang, “Our study provides empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting Black children.”

Community-based programs like our Uzima Manhood Program are designed to do both things.