The legacy of slavery is still with us in the 21st century in the form of racism that causes too many dreams to be deferred and too many lives to be destroyed. Yet, study after study has found that Americans lack knowledge of the role race has played in our nationís history. This ignorance makes it difficult to move beyond corrosive racial stereotypes and to live together with equality and respect. The Apprend Foundation is committed to teaching American—and especially African American—history in a more in-depth, comprehensive, and engaging way, especially at the K-12 levels, when an understanding of oneís country and one's identity is shaped. Since 1997, we have been creating award-winning programs, materials, and media informed by the best scholarship, technology, and classroom-proven practices. Our work has reached thousands of educators, students, and members of the general public. Like many Americans, I have sung "We Shall Overcome" time and again and when I witness how historical knowledge and critical thinking about our past changes attitudes and transforms lives, I am convinced that we can and we will.
Laurel Crone Sneed, Executive Director
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