Roots of Resilience: A Primary Source Journey into African American History

Summer Institute (Hybrid Format)


Monday August 5, 2024
Location: In-person

Tuesday August 6, 2024
Location: In-person

Wednesday August 7, 2024
Location: Online

Thursday August 8, 2024
Location: In-person




22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit ($160)


Partnership educators: Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: Non-partnership educators: $1,000 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Esp. for teachers of grades 5-12

Primary Source’s newly released Making Freedom digital curriculum provides educators with a rich collection of primary sources, multimedia resources, and lesson ideas designed to engage students with the nuanced history of African Americans in the United States. In this four-day hybrid institute, we will use selected resources from the Making Freedom curriculum to consider examples of African American resilience, resistance to oppression, joy, and creativity throughout the history of the United States. As we work with these resources, we will discuss best practices for teaching complex topics and highlighting inspiring chapters in African American history, deepen our context knowledge by working with scholars, and visit historical sites to engage with place-based learning. Educators will leave this institute with diverse strategies and tools to incorporate African American history into their classrooms throughout the year or begin designing an African American history elective at their school. All attendees will receive a one-year digital subscription to Making Freedom.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Wahid at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.