This 2-part virtual series will be presented by historian and educator Marcus "Sankofa" Nicks. Over 2 sessions he will provide an in-depth history of how Black history began and the life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson who is known as the "Father of Black History." The series will also include the importance and significance of Black History Knowledge and the positive psychological impact it can have on Mental Health. Additional themes explored throughout the series will be historical trauma, resilience of the Black experience and how Black history can be a vehicle to bring all people together from different backgrounds!
Marcus “Sankofa” Nicks holds a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Morgan State University of Baltimore, Maryland. His research primarily focuses on African American educational history post Civil War through the Jim Crow era in the United States. An instrumental aspect of his work as a historian and researcher is through the in depth exploration of African American educational history of Maryland and local Howard County. He has worked in Maryland’s Howard County Public School System for over 12 years as an Achievement Liaison for the Black Student Achievement Program working to eliminate educational disparities amongst Black/African American students. He has served as a consultant for numerous educators on supporting Black/African American students through a culturally relevant trauma-informed approach. He is the co-teacher of the African American Studies Seminar Course and serves as a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coalition for Wilde Lake High School of Columbia, Maryland. His work in the community extends from Howard County, Maryland to Baltimore City with the TNAT Holistic Wellness Center where he supports Black families towards achieving optimum wellness through what he refers to as a culturally based African-centered model. He also enjoys collaborating with local institutions of public history where he serves as an educational consultant and one who provides professional development support for K-12 educators across the state of Maryland.
His mission is to empower, educate, and inspire others through the awareness of African American Culture and History. He is a proud husband, father and son who is passionate about his role to uplift his community.