Free MasterClass during Black History Month features Nikole Hannah-Jones, Dr. Cornel West

by Deon Osborne, Associate Editor
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During the month of February, MasterClass will offer ‘Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love’ a 10-hour-plus class, at no charge.

Adding to the hype, the class features racially conscious heavyweight Nikole Hannah-Jones, the famous New York Times Journalist who led the 1619 project. It also features Dr. Cornel West, a sought-after philosophy professor.

According to a press release publicized by The Grio, MasterClass is making this 10-hour course completely free through the end of Black History Month.

“Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love’ educates viewers over 54 lessons covering past, present and future race relations.

Thanks to a $2 million committment, MasterClass wants the free class to inspire and educate viewers on collectively standing up to systemic racism.

Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love is the most important and comprehensive class MasterClass has ever created,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. 

This class teaches us how to build a society that honors Black voices, love and joy—lessons everyone can and should hear, which is why, for the first time ever, we are making a full class available for free on MasterClass.com. We are also teaming up with Amazon to make the class available to all Prime members on Prime Video, as well as on IMDb TV.”

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FILE – In this Tuesday, July 6, 2021, file photo, Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is interviewed at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. Hannah-Jones used major philanthropic donors to build her future as a tenured professor, just as other major donors sought to stymie the Pulitzer Prize-winning Black investigative reporter at the University of North Carolina. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A crash course in systemic racism and solutions

Educating viewers about the gaps in U.S. education around race, the class offers tips and tools for empowering change in our society.

Other notable instructors of the course include Dr. Jelani Cobb, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Angela Davis, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Sherrilyn Ifill, and John McWhorter.

“This class provides an uncensored and unfiltered version of Black history that is not typically taught in school,” said Nekisa Cooper, VP of content at MasterClass. 

“Our groundbreaking instructors teach us the context of timely and important topics, hopefully delivering powerful lessons that will inspire action and help solve the problems we still face as a society today.”

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