UMKC Professor Pearlie Johnson Uses Quilts to Teach Black History - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

UMKC Professor Pearlie Johnson Uses Quilts to Teach Black History

Email


by Diverse Staff and The Associated Press


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quilts are being used to teach Black history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Pearlie Johnson, a visiting assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Black studies program, says “My grandmother introduced me to quilts and quilting when I was younger.”

The university says Johnson uses a section of her class on Black women’s history to lecture on the significance of the stories told by quilts.

She uses quilts from her private collection as well as items made by Kansas City quilters, some of whom she invites to speak to her class. “Quilts lend themselves as visual aids, teaching students about women’s history and contemporary issues related to women,” she says. “The quilts also address political issues related to race, class, gender and identity and representation.”

Johnson says the quilts help students gain a greater appreciation for art, especially fiber and fabric art. “Students learn not only the challenges that Africans have transcended, but more so, the magnificent contributions Africa has made to world civilization,” she says.

See full Q&A with Pearlie Johnson at www.umkc.edu

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Cleveland State Names Bynum Director of Black Studies Noted civil rights expert scholar Dr. Thomas Bynum has been named director of the Black Studies Program at Cleveland State University. “I am very pleased to join Cleveland State and look forward to working with its talented students, faculty and s...
UNC Responds to 3rd Set of NCAA Charges in Academic Case RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has responded to the third set of charges it received from the NCAA in the long-running academic fraud case. The 102-page document released Thursday marked the latest step in the seven-year investigation. UNC faces f...
Refocusing the White Lens Dear White Colleague: Given the world events that have occurred over the last few centuries and especially during the last few months, I am asking you all to devote more time to not only researching rural America but actually doing anti-racist wor...
UMass Amherst African-American Studies Program Comes of Age Fueled by a comprehensive, holistic vision of African-American studies, the doctoral program at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) was developed by visionaries determined to train the next generation of scholars. Dr. Shawn L. Ale...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *