Sir Charles is about to school thousands of students in African-American history thanks to a new technology deal.
Hall of Fame basketball player, Emmy Award-winning studio analyst, and author Charles Barkley has teamed up with a technology company to power a new African-American history initiative.
Sir Charles has teamed with leading education technology provider EVERFI, Inc., to offer courses to engage tens of thousands of students in the Mississippi Delta region.
Barkley’s hometown of Leeds, Alabama and students other cities in the region will learn African-American history at no cost to them, their schools or school districts.
Additionally, as part of this new partnership, Charles’s production company Round Mound Media will create short-form filmed documentary content for the 306 course, in conjunction with Los Angeles-based creative and production agency Wondros.
“I was born and raised in rural Alabama at the dawn of the Civil Rights era, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to American heroes like Medgar Evers, John Lewis, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” – Charles Barkley.
“Every child in my home state should have the keys to knowledge of their history so they can achieve great things in their own lives. This initiative helps accomplish that,” Charles Barkley said.
The “306: African-American History” digital course immerses students in a journey in which they learn about the incredible contributions that African-Americans have made in every fabric of American life including public service, the sciences, academia, and the world of the arts, music, and sports.
The course is framed to teach the importance of civic engagement so that students develop into future community leaders.
“Even in today’s advanced technological world, it’s rare that teachers have the adequate tools to bring to life the stories of pride, perseverance, and leadership that are so prevalent throughout African-American history,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “We’re incredibly excited to work with Charles to offer this digital initiative that makes African-American history readily accessible and allows students in the Mississippi Delta to reimagine how they see themselves through the lens of history.”