The following organizations and individuals endorse the principles advanced by the Teaching Hard History initiative and support the effort to teach accurate, honest and inclusive history that acknowledges the foundational role of slavery.

Endorsing Organizations | Endorsing Individuals


Endorsing Organizations

  • American Association for State and Local History
    AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history to make the past more meaningful.
  • American Ethical Union
    The American Ethical Union creates, nurtures and inspires ethical humanist communities to foster a world that is democratic, compassionate, just and sustainable.
  • American Federation of Teachers
    The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.
  • American Humanist Association Center for Education
    The AHA Center for Education strives to provide educational opportunities that serve humanist and secular communities.
  • CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education
    The Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K-12 Black history education.
  • Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston
    The Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston supports ongoing efforts as well as more ambitious programming promoting in-depth and honest accounts of slavery and its legacies, particularly in the Charleston area.
  • Ceeds of Peace
    Ceeds of Peace supports and builds bridges between youth, families, community leaders and educators to share resources and develop action plans to strengthen communities and improve children’s lives.
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site interprets the legacy of American criminal justice reform, from the nation’s founding through to the present day, within the long-abandoned cellblocks of the nation’s most historic prison.
  • Facing History and Ourselves
    Facing History's mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
  • Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
    Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) is an abolitionist organization co-founded by direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. 
  • Historians Against Slavery
    Historians Against Slavery are a community of scholar-activists who contribute research and historical context to today’s antislavery movements in order to inspire and inform activism and to develop collaborations that empower such efforts.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
  • Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
    The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research supports research on the history and culture of people of African descent the world over and provides a forum for collaboration and the ongoing exchange of ideas.
  • James Madison's Montpelier
    More than an exploration of James Madison's home, this museum also highlights constitutional history and honors the enslaved community who lived and worked at Montpelier.
  • National Education Foundation
    The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.
  • New American History
    New American History attempts to show history in more engaging and meaningful ways by sharing ways for students to see patterns, connections and contexts otherwise invisible.
  • Share My Lesson
    Share My Lesson is a destination for educators who dedicate their time and professional expertise to provide the best education for students everywhere. 
  • Shorenstein Center Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability
    Working at the intersection of community, academia and policy, the Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability (IARA) at the Shorenstein Center addresses intellectual and practical questions as they relate to anti-racism policy, practice and institutional change.
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
    SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society.
  • Whitney Plantation
    Whitney Plantation is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people.


Endorsing Individuals

  • Sylvia Y. Cyrus 
    Executive Director | The Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Patrice Preston Grimes 
    Associate Professor of Education | University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and Human Development
  • Christy S. Coleman 
    Chief Executive Officer | The American Civil War Museum
  • Edward L. Ayers 
    Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus | University of Richmond
  • Adam Rothman 
    Associate Professor of History | Georgetown University
  • Daina Ramey Berry 
    Oliver H. Radkey Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies | University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Michelle D. Commander
    Associate Director and Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery | Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Ali Michael
    Director | Race Institute for K-12 Educators
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng
    Educator | Matsunaga Institute of Peace
  • John H. Bickford, PhD
    Professor of Social Studies Education | Eastern Illinois University
  • Timothy Patterson
    Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education | Temple University
  • Andrea M. Hawkman
    Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education and Cultural Studies | Utah State University
  • Sara Demoiny, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Education | Auburn University
  • Aaron Bodle
    Associate Professor of Education | James Madison University
  • Stephanie Logan
    Associate Professor | Springfield College
  • Chara Bohan
    Professor | Georgia State University
  • Brandon Haas
    Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education | Plymouth State University
  • Linda Doornbos
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies | Oakland University
  • Jesus Tirado
    Assistant Professor | Auburn University
  • Dr. David W. Blight
    Sterling Professor of History and Director, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition | Yale University


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