Robertson interviewed Wyclef Jean about a new “extended play” or mini collection, from which Wyclef just released the song “Lady Haiti”. In the interview, Wyclef says, “The key here is that it’s important to know where you come from in order to know where you’re going. Haitians have a very important history. Haitian history is tied to all black history.”
But despite its violent genesis and primary focus on college students (and above), the syllabus also has a section aimed at school-aged kids.
The creators of the syllabus introduce it like this:
Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance.
The suggested books mostly cover Reconstruction through the Civil Rights era, and they cater to a variety of grade levels and genres.
We invite you to take a look.
Young Reader Resources from the Charleston Syllabus