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Regional Climate Action Plan | Teaching Black History

Four Black girls seated on a bench, each reading a book
Ray Weikal
Kansas City Public Schools
Black History Month is every February, but some students and educators are questioning why more isn't being done to incorporate the story of Black people in America throughout the school year.

Details of the proposed Regional Climate Action Plan for the Kansas City area and an examination of why Black history isn't more fully integrated into school curriculum year round.

Segment 1, beginning at 0:47: Transportation, finance and building are some of the elements included in a master plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Regional Climate Action Plan was presented last month to the board of the Mid-America Regional Council. Involving five counties each in Kansas and Missouri, the proposal reveals an ambitious and multi-faceted plan.

  • Tom Jacobs, director, Environmental Programs, Mid- America Regional Council
  • Mike Kelly, mayor of Roeland Park and cofounder of Climate Action KC

Segment 2, beginning at 27:08: Why schools need to integrate Black history into courses throughout the academic year.

Focusing on Black History every February is fine, but to what degree are educators including the role of African Americans in shaping this country the rest of the year?

  • LaGarrett King, professor and founding director of Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri
  • Lauryn Donovan, senior at Ladue High School in St. Louis, MO
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.