Blackistory, a game-based app born in Milwaukee, aims to teach black history

Imagine yourself as a parent teaching your child his story. How would you do it in an enriching, creative and educational way? Well, Deborah Clements Blanks cracked the code. When Blanks decided to teach her son black history, she remembered her mother, who was also a teacher, and suddenly she had a bright idea. Blanks decided to follow his mother and fill a notebook with 500 questions and answers for her son to memorize and answer questions.

“He would actually take her to school and study her during study hall and come home and say, ‘Ask me! ‘” Blanks said. “It was great the first 30 days, but after a while I got tired of asking all these questions, but I kept that love of the story and trying to figure out how people can connect I saw the power he had in learning his culture.

Deborah C. Whites | Photo courtesy: Kairo Communications

Little did she know that this seemingly simple and effective implementation would snowball and become the inspiration for the app. black history, an innovative game-based learning tool. In the form of a quiz, this application provides information about the achievements, culture and experiences of African Americans. Blanks remembers the time she used this method to teach her students.

Little did she know that this seemingly simple and effective implementation would snowball and become the inspiration for the Blackistory app, an innovative game-based learning tool. In quiz form, this app provides information on the achievements, culture and experiences of African Americans. Blanks remembers the time she used this method to teach her students.

Blanks said that while working on developing Blackistory, she came across a needed callback.

“What I’ve recognized is that I’m so thankful, thankful and proud to be African American because of all the richness of our culture, our history and how ordinary people are standing up to take care of their children and contribute to their community,” she said. . “We have history makers among us who are not often recognized.”

Before interviewing Blanks, I downloaded the Blackistory app and couldn’t put it down. I learned a lot about black musicians, movements and even community involvement. It’s safe to say that within the first few minutes of play I was humbled. However, the end goal is that even if you spend five minutes each morning on the app, you’ll learn something new about black history. You can download Blackistory with any app store.

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