Michelle Obama

via BlackAmericaWeb RSMS:

Michelle Obama’s Becoming book has been uplifting to many and now it will be used to as a vessel to inspire young black girls. Lauren Christine Mims, a former assistant director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will be implementing a curriculum based on the New York Times bestseller to be taught to young girls of color, Black Enterprise reports.

“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 said.

For the curriculum, the young ladies will read Becoming, watch films that have black women as their lead actresses and “have important conversations, like about what it means to feel like your presence is a threat or that you do not belong.”

This curriculum is apart of Mims’ doctoral research at the University of Virginia. Her research looks into the experience of the young, gifted black girl in the classroom.

“My research highlights what ‘Black Girl Magic’ means to black girls; the role teachers play in supporting or stopping the success of black girls; and more about what they are learning and how it makes them feel.”

Once the course is over, the students will “draft new research proposals, policies, and practices

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