Online Class: Twenty African Americans Who Changed History

This course examins twenty African Americans who helped change America for the better.

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  • 15
    Lessons
  • 32
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 149
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 3
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.3
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Legacy of Triumph: The Journey of African Americans in America

As the vast terrains of America were gradually tamed, the early entrants from Africa were the sinews behind its metamorphosis. Initiated as indentured servants, a growing influx of Africans soon became the pivotal backbone of the colonies, supporting their expansion and prosperity, even while bereft of rights, belongings, or the due of their sweat.

Embark on a transformative journey through our course that elucidates the lives, challenges, and indomitable spirits of these African Americans. Traverse the timeline from Francisco Menendez, stripped even of his own identity, to the pivotal contributions of James Amistead that swayed the colonial rule's outcome. Feel the poignant narratives of Harriet Jacobs and William Wells Brown, immersing you in the raw realities of slavery, and marvel at the transcendent journeys of luminary figures like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, who soared beyond the chains of servitude to sculpt bastions of higher education.

The Civil Rights Movement, often misinterpreted as a modern wave, had its seeds sown by visionaries like Lucy Craft Laney and Mary McLeod Bethune. These stalwarts discerned education as the potent elixir for the oppressed to rewrite their destinies. Through the discerning eyes of icons like Thurgood Marshall and Daisy Lee Gatson, witness the fervent battles that dismantled the edifices of school segregation, and honor the sacrifices of warriors like Medgar Evers, whose life epitomized the quest for justice.

Course Modules:

  1. In a Harsh Land: The Genesis of African Legacy
  2. Francisco Menendez and James Armistead: Valor Amidst Oppression
  3. Benjamin Banneker: Echoing Truths Amidst Silence
  4. From the Quills of Harriet Jacobs & William Wells Brown: Tales of Slavery
  5. Frederick Douglass: Colorless Truths
  6. George Washington Carver: Botanical Revolution for Economic Elevation
  7. Lugenia Burns Hope & Ida B. Wells: Early Whispers of Civil Rights
  8. Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Du Bois: Philosophical Divergence in a United Cause
  9. Lucy Craft Laney & Mary McLeod Bethune: Building The Citadel of Education
  10. Thurgood Marshall & Daisy Lee Gatson: Forging an Integrated Future ... and many more!

This course isn't merely a historical voyage; it's an homage to the undying spirit, sacrifices, and lasting legacies of remarkable African Americans. These trailblazers redefined destinies, not just for themselves but for generations to come. Dive into their stories and be inspired.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. In a Harsh Land

America at its beginning, was a vast wilderness, that was seen as a promising source of income for those who settled it, primarily the Spanish, who settled in Florida. Additional lesson topics: African-American History 40 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 - In a Harsh Land

Lesson 2. Francisco Menendez and James Armistead. The Mose Militia and the Battle of Yorktown

The American colonies continued to grow, and when the English established Charles Town in 1670, in what is now South Carolina, the slave trade also expanded rapidly. Additional lesson topics: James Armistead 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 - Francisco Menendez and James Armistead: The Mose Militia and the Battle of Yorktown

Lesson 3. Benjamin Banneker. Speaking Truth to Power

Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731, descended from both enslaved Africans and an English woman who had been indentured to a tobacco farmer. Additional lesson topics: Benjamin Banneker 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 - Benjamin Banneker: Speaking Truth to Power

Lesson 4. Harriet Jacobs and William Wells Brown. The Slave Narrative from Two Perspectives

In America during the long years of slavery, learning to read and write was dangerous for not only enslaved people, but also for any person who tried to teach them. Additional lesson topics: Harriet Jacobs 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 - Harriet Jacobs and William Wells Brown: The Slave Narrative from Two Perspectives

Lesson 5. Frederick Douglass. Truth Is of No Color

Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818, his mother an enslaved black woman, his father a white man rumored to be his master. Additional lesson topics: Frederick Douglass Papers; Frederick Douglass 34 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 - Frederick Douglass: Truth Is of No Color

Lesson 6. George Washington Carver. Economic Stability through Botany

George Washington Carver was born into slavery during the Civil War, most likely in 1864, to a couple in Missouri owned by a man named Moses Carver. Additional lesson topics: George Washington Carver 34 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 - George Washington Carver: Economic Stability Through Botany

Lesson 7. Lugenia Burns Hope and Ida B. Wells. The Beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement

The end of the Civil War, which brought freedom for slaves in the South, was a time of great promise for African Americans. Additional lesson topics: Ida B. Wells 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 - Lugenia Burns Hope and Ida B. Wells: The Beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 8. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. from Conciliation to Rejection

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in Virginia in 1856, the son of a black woman and a white man who may have lived at a nearby plantation. Additional lesson topics: Booker T. Washington Video; W.E.B. Du Bois; Booker T. Washington 35 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: African American History
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 - Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois: From Conciliation to Rejection

Lesson 9. Lucy Craft Laney and Mary McLeod Bethune. Paving the Way for "The Educated Negro"

When the end of the Civil War brought freedom for nearly four million slaves in the South, freed slaves suddenly found themselves with no means of support. Additional lesson topics: Lucy Craft Laney; Mary McCloud Bethune 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 - Lucy Craft Laney and Mary McLeod Bethune: Paving the Way for 'The Educated Negro'

Lesson 10. Thurgood Marshall and Daisy Lee Gatson. The Battle for Integrated Schools

Born in Maryland in 1908, Thurgood Marshall was the grandson of a slave. Additional lesson topics: Daisy Lee Gatson Bates; Thurgood Marshall 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 - Thurgood Marshall and Daisy Lee Gatson: The Battle for Integrated Schools

Lesson 11. Medgar Evers. One Martyr to the Cause

Evers was born in 1925 in Decatur, Mississippi, and he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Additional lesson topics: Medgar Evers; The Legacy of Medgar Evers 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 - Medgar Evers: One Martyr to the Cause

Lesson 12. Septima Clark and Carter Woodson. The Queen Mother and the Father of Black History

Because there were no public high schools that would accept black students, her parents worked hard to afford the $1.50 a month for tuition at Avery, and Clark graduated in 1916. Additional lesson topics: Carter G. Woodson 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 - Septima Clark and Carter Woodson: The Queen Mother and the Father of Black History

Lesson 13. Mabel Keaton Staupers and Alvin Poussaint. Toward Equality in Medicine

Years later, with a growing black population in and around the city, more black nurses were needed to care for black patients, as hospitals were strictly segregated. Additional lesson topics: Alvin Poussaint; Mabel Keaton Staupers 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 - Mabel Keaton Staupers and Alvin Poussaint: Toward Equality in Medicine

Lesson 14. Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924. When she was three, she was sent to live with her grandmother in Barbados, where she received her early education. Additional lesson topics: Shirley Chisholm 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 - Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

Lesson 15. Conclusion. From the Depths to the Heights

The majority of African Americans owe their very existence to African people who did not come to this country voluntarily. Additional lesson topics: African American Scientists; Famous African Americans 84 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Influential African Americans; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 - Conclusion: From the Depths to the Heights
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
577
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the contributions of Francisco Menendez and James Armistead.
  • Summarize the contributions of Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Jacobs and William Wells Brown.
  • Summarize the contributions of Frederick Douglass and George Washing Carver.
  • George Washington Carver
  • Summarize the contributions of Lugenia Burns Hope and Ida B. Wells
  • Summarize the contributions of Booker T. Washington.
  • Summarize the contributions of Lucy Craft Laney and Mary McLeod Bethune.
  • Summarize the contributions of Thurgood Marshall and Daisy Lee Gatson.
  • Summarize the contributions of The Queen Mother and the Father of Black History.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Twenty African Americans Who Changed History
Course Number: 8900289
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (235 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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