Story+ Project

Left of Black Story+ Project


Story+ | "Left of Black" School Curriculum

The project involved mining the Left of Black archive, organizing the content by theme, devising discussion questions and/or exercises, and making the material accessible online in a digital interface that would appeal to high school students.

Project Sponsor(s): 

Mark Anthony Neal, Professor, Department of African and African American Studies

Catherine Angst, Left of Black, Multimedia and Marketing Communication Specialist John Hope Franklin Center

Camille Jackson, Director of Communications, DCORE

Graduate Mentor(s): 

Nicole Higgins, PhD Candidate, English

Allison Raven, PhD Candidate, History


Malcolm Brown, Ce'Ondra Ellison


"Find the stories. Make lesson plans. Put it online. That’s what a team of students working for the weekly webcast Left of Black was tasked with this summer, but it wasn’t so simple. The webcast showcasing scholars, artists, musicians, just completed its 8th season. That meant there were nearly 250 videos and guest interviews to sort through, many of which hadn’t been in circulation since they first aired years ago. With funding from Story+, a 6-week summer research program in the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), the students, two graduate and two undergraduate, set out to accomplish the mission. Using their respective skills of creating lesson plans, video editing, website building and some acquired new skills, they found interesting stories in the Left of Black archive and turned them into online teaching modules for middle- and high-school students. The enrichment modules include a video clip derived from a Left of Black episode, a lesson plan and a “digital student experience,” as well as supplemental reading. The Story+ Left of Black team exceeded their initial goal of creating two modules — the team was able to produce four — and made their final presentation at a FHI research symposium on Wednesday, June 27 at Smith Warehouse." -- From "Black Studies All Up In Your Classroom: Students Create Online Curriculum" by Camille Jackson

left of black team photo

Their project can be viewed here:

Left of Black Mark Anthony Neal


  • Archives
  • Education
  • African American Studies

Skills required

  • Audio & Video Editing
  • Collaborative Work
  • Community Engagement
  • Lesson Planning & Curriculum Design
  • Website Design
  • Working with Primary Sources & Archival Research
  • Writing & Editing