MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, recently announced the launch of what it calls its most ambitious project to date: Black History, Black Freedom and Black Love.
The course will be taught by notable Black intellectuals including Jelani Cobb, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Angela Davis, Sherrilyn Ifill, Nikole Hannah-Jones, John McWhorter and Cornel West.
Released in three parts, MasterClass said the course will inform, contextualize and challenge how members think about race and racism, reconcile gaps in traditional education about U.S. history and offer tools and techniques to empower change in their own lives.
The class is part of the company’s $2 million commitment to create content that inspires and educates on social justice and against systemic racism.
The first part of the class, The Past, is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.
“With decades of experience, these leaders, activists and groundbreaking thinkers have reshaped conversations on race in America,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “Together, they will teach Black history as never before – uncensored – and show members how to build a society that honors Black voices, love and joy while fighting against systemic racism.”
The Past will explore the ties between slavery and American capitalism, the 14th Amendment, how the law acts as an agent of white supremacy and the history of voter suppression and equality in education.
Part II of the class, The Present, will touch on topics including the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, the monumental court case of Brown vs. Board of Education, the meaning of Anita Hill and the Clarence Thomas Senate Judiciary hearings and the origin of critical race theory.
Finally, the third class, The Future, will help members take what they have learned to move forward and create a society built on justice.
“With more than 50 lessons and 10 hours of content, the class covers 400 years of American history and examines the past, present and future of a reeducation and reckoning with race in America,” a program spokesperson said.
Parts II and III of the class will launch in early 2022. MasterClass said remains committed to making it possible for everyone to have “access to the transformational power of learning” and will make this programming available to the public for free in 2022.