ATBHK hosts free teacher development workshop at Ali Center

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Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky hosting free teacher professional development workshop

BEREA, KY (January 10, 2024) — The Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky (ATBHK) will host a free teacher professional development workshop on Monday, featuring keynote speaker Karyn Parsons. Parsons is an actress, children’s book author and founder of Sweet Blackberry.

The free workshop will be Monday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

The ATBHK has created professional development programs in response to the needs communicated by educators across Kentucky. This transformative workshop is crafted to honor the enduring legacy of the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be structured around informative breakout sessions taught by ATBHK fellows. Each session is curated to help empower educators to bring Black history into their classrooms.

“Since its inception, ATBHK has worked diligently to provide opportunities for Kentucky teachers to hear from experts in Kentucky’s Black history across the spectrum of K-12 education and beyond,” said Chaka Cummings, ATBHK executive director. “This year’s Martin Luther King Day program will focus on frameworks, lessons and resources educators can immediately use in their spaces. Educators will leave with tools to support effective teaching of Kentucky’s Black history and will have the opportunity to meet with other educators to build professional networks in the name of effective Black history teaching.

“It is critical that educators feel supported and prepared when discussing Black history, and the Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky has created this program with these two specific goals in mind,” Cummings added.

The Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky is a collaborative effort with current founding member organizations Berea College, Kentucky State University, The Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky History Resources, LLC (a subsidiary of the nonprofit Thomas D. Clark Foundation which supports the University Press of Kentucky. The Association was organized in 2022 to recover the social, historical and cultural contributions of Black Kentuckians and to make these materials readily available to teachers in the Commonwealth, thereby promoting quality K-12 instruction in history. The goal is to ensure an inclusive, respectful experience for all students that provides for their academic success.

For more information about the ATBHK, click here.

Registration for the workshop is required. For more information, including registration and a schedule of events, visit


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