Teaching Black History Conference

Black to the Future: Afro-Futurism as Black History.

Each year, the Teaching Black History conference, our signature event, convenes hundreds of teachers to learn the best curricular and instructional practices surrounding Black history education. We host expert speakers and entertainment, but the stars of the conference are our teachers. Each conference session is led by a classroom teacher who shares their Black history strategies. The sessions are interactive, so participants will have hands-on experiences to bring to their classrooms. Conference attendees love Black history. We welcome community educators, parents, school-aged students, librarians, museum curators and anyone who loves to learn about Black history. The conference can be held face to face, virtually, or in a hybrid format. Attendees are eligible for 24 professional development credits.

2024 Conference Theme

In 2024, the conference theme is Black to the Future: Afro-futurism as Black History. Join us as we reimagine the world without racisim and antiblackness. Our conference work will focus on reconceptualizing the past and present through writing about the future. We will push the boundaries of learning, using our knowledge of the past as commentary for Black people’s future, not one of despair but one that reimagines what it means to be Black in a society that historically was meant for us not to survive.

Mark Your Calendars

The conference wil be held over the course of three days;
Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2024.

Information is being added daily. Please check back frequently to keep up with the most current developments.

Registration To Attend

This year, the conference theme is "The Sounds of Blackness, Hip Hop Turns 50." The connection of hip hop, its culture, and its relation to pedagogy are useful in Black history education. Black history is not simply teaching about skin color; it's more complex than that. It explores Black people's humanity, including their history of oppression, agency, emotions, inter and intra contentions, Diasporic similarities and differences, social histories, and futures. Like Black history education, hip hop education is about the consciousness-raising of society that is often left to the margins. Hip hop is Black history, and we look forward to bringing together hundreds of educators worldwide to learn about Black history and hip hop intersects.  

Cover of program draft for the Teaching Black Black History Conference.



Please note, the conference will be offered in a hybrid format. Friday and Saturday, attendees can register to participate in person or online. Sunday is offered in an online format only.

Conference Dates

Three Days
Friday, July 21, 2023 (in-person & online)
Saturday, July 22, 2023 (in-person & online)
Sunday, July 23, 2023 (online only)

Conference Location

Hayes Hall
University at Buffalo
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214


Black History and Racial Literacy Writing Retreat

This year's conference will include the opportunity to participate in a writing retreat. This two‐day session will be held July 19‐20 (Wed‐Thursday) and best serves researchers and scholars who are interested in writing collaborations around Black history and race research. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Time: 9‐ 3 pm. Location: University at Buffalo South Campus - Hayes Hall, Buffalo

Questions-Contact LaGarrett King lagarret@buffalo.edu or 716-645-2455

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinators Retreat

This two day retreat will include presentations by social studies coordinators around developing Black history and racial literate curriculum. Each day will also include collaborative planning sessions. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - Thursday, July 20, 2023  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: University at Buffalo South Campus - Hayes Hall, Buffalo

Questions? Contact Dr. LaGarrett King lagarret@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-645-2455.

Keynote Speakers

Friday, July 21

Bavu Blakes.

Bavu Blakes, Scholar Emcee, Educational Consultant, Speaker, Musician and Author

Title of Talk

Hip-Hop Grew Up

Saturday, July 22

Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry.

Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Interim Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of South Carolina

Title of Talk

The Hip-Hop Mindset

Sunday, July 23

Grant” SKRIBE DA GOD” Atkins.

Grant” SKRIBE DA GOD” Atkins, Musician, Education Activist, Author and PhD Student at the University of Rochester

Title of Talk

Cultural Currency: Mining Legacy thru Hip-Hop Pedagogy

Conference Program

Call for Proposals

The 2023 Teaching Black History Conference call for proposals is now open! We are excited about this year as we explore the history of hip-hop as it turns 50 years old! Present to hundreds of K-12 educators about the best practices for Black history education. This 6th conference is hybrid, but we would love to see everyone in Buffalo, NY, which is steeped in so much Black history! Our theme is hip-hop, but as always, we teach Black histories, so we welcome all proposals!


Registration is now closed.

Sessions by Day

Sessions by Audience

Past Conferences

A recap of the 2018 Teaching Black History Conference.


Carter G. Woodson Title Sponsors

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Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies logo.
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John Hope Franklin Sponsor

Black History 365 Foundation logo.

Mary McLeod Bethune Sponsor

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center logo.