In a nation where texts have often sanitized or omitted important persons of African descent, and key events that have shaped our past, and at a time when Black Lives Matter (BLM) resonates in political discourse, let’s look back and truly remember, admit, and learn from our honest past. What lies behind the issue of Confederate monuments? Inequalities? Race-based laws and groups? And what stories do you have on this topic? My story began as a young boy in Texas and my learning continues to this day. General Public/Members: $68/$62 Six Sessions
Your Teacher: Gery earned his Masters of Education from Western Washington University. He has 49 years of teaching experience from High School to University level and Senior Center. He designed and taught the region’s first Women’s Studies course and studied Women’s History at Stanford University. He was awarded four Teacher of the Year awards including the Olympia School Board, Olympia Education Association, OHS student body, and a Distinguished Educator Award from Saint Martin’s College. He was chosen as a “Distinguished Alum” by St. Martin’s University in 2016. He designed Olympia District’s Bicentennial curriculum and a Civics curriculum for the state capitol visitor’s center. His curriculum on the process and importance of voting was adopted by Washington’s Secretary of State and other states. He is passionate about teaching history that was left out of the textbooks and enjoys working with life-long learners.
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