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After selling over a million copies and providing a wealth inspiration for women of color across the globe, Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming will be an official curriculum component for black school girls.
This wonderful education breakthrough was engineered by Lauren C. Mims, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science program at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
Mims also worked previously for the Obama Administration as its former assistant director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This successful, young black woman was one of the many women who read Becoming and was instantly inspired.
“Reading Becoming was like sitting on the couch with your best friend and having one of those soulful conversations about life,” Mims said in an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise Magazine.
“Reading about how Michelle Obama felt unchallenged in elementary school, teased for the way she spoke, and noticed a difference in how she was perceived during adolescence was affirming.” Mims also told the magazine.
She then channeled her inspiration into liberating action, which will serve the purpose of educating black girls in a manner that empowers them. Contemporary American K-12 studies (as well as those at the higher education level) breed Eurocentric indoctrination.
The subtleties of this indoctrination process breeds a subconsciously acquired inferiority complex in black students, particularly those of the female gender. Mims will change this with her curriculumization of the uplifting message of accomplishment, which Mrs. Obama underscores in her book.
“[My syllabus will contain activities designed to spark] important conversations, like about what it means to feel like your presence is a threat or that you do not belong,” Mims went on to say.
“We will discuss Maddie Whitsett and McKenzie Nicole Adams; two 9-year old black girls who died by suicide after being subjected to bullying. At the end of the course, students will apply their knowledge to draft new research proposals, policies, and practices,” she added.
To find out more about Mims upcoming Becoming curriculum for black girls, visit here.