Teaching African-American History With Guest Ralph Proctor, Jr., PhD

Teaching African-American History With Guest Ralph Proctor, Jr., PhD


In this episode, we talk with Ralph Proctor, Jr., PhD, a Professor of Ethnic & Diversity Studies at the Community College of Allegheny County. During our conversation we explore the historical challenges of incorporating information about the role of African-Americans since the founding of America to the present.  In particular, focuses on how such information can be taught in ways that build bridges among those with different social and cultural backgrounds. 

Among the courses that Dr. Proctor teaches are Understanding Violence in American, African-American History, Achieving Cultural Competence, and African Art/Artifacts in the Cycle of Life. Over the years he has served in professional and administrative capacities in academia, social service agencies, and business organizations. He pioneered the use of oral history at the University of Pittsburgh with his study, Racial Discrimination against Black Teachers and Black Professionals in the Pittsburgh Public School System: 1934-1973 (now published by Learning Moments Press). In addition, Learning Moments Press has published Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Accountof the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement and Song of The Hill: Life, Love, Legacy about Pittsburgh’s iconic Black community. In his personal and professional life Dr. Proctor has been and continues to be a tireless warrior in the battle for civil rights. 

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