The Role of Geographic Mobility in the African American Freedom Struggle




Knoxville, TN


July 3-22, 2022


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




A three-week summer institute for K-12 educators that will provide opportunities to study geographic mobility as it relates to the African American freedom struggle. The goal of the institute is to contribute to the intellectual growth of participating educators and prepare them to create and disseminate important synergies between the teaching of history and the teaching of geography. The institute offers a model of critical thought, instruction, and pedagogical application that supports ongoing calls for greater numbers of social studies educators to address power and inequity. Participants will attend lectures, fieldtrips, and lab exercises, learn methodologies and classroom activities from curriculum specialists, and participate in discussions. They will develop standards-based lesson plans that they will take back to their classrooms.

Project Director(s)

Derek Alderman; Joshua Kenna

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Stefanie Benjamin; Robert Booker; Ethan Bottone; Michael Camponovo; LaToya Eaves; Luke Harlow; Joshua Inwood; Blair Kelley; Daphene McFeren; David Padgett; John Strait; Cynthia Tinker

Grantee Institution

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Funded through the Division of Education Programs