5 free online Ivy League Courses to Educate Yourself on Race and America

Gene Naumovsky

These free courses can provide non-Black allies with a deeper understanding of systemic issues within our nation.

As protests over the tragic death of George Floyd in police custody hit every U.S. state, it’s important to understand the roots of long-standing American inequalities. According to Business Insider, five free online courses taught by Ivy League professors are great learning opportunities. While staying up to date with current events and Black thought leaders is a start, the courses provide non-Black allies with a deeper understanding of systemic issues within our nation. Here is Business Insider’s top 5 recommendations:

  • The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877
    • Institution: Yale University
    • Duration: 13 weeks
    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week
  • African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
    • Institution: Yale University
    • Duration: 13 weeks
    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week
  • Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950
    • Institution: Columbia University
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week
  • American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Institution: Stanford University
    • Duration: 11 weeks
    • Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
  • Justice
    • Institution: Harvard University
    • Duration: 11 weeks
    • Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week

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