News Release, Jan. 24, 2019

Contact: Burnis R. Morris,



HUNTINGTON W.Va. – Marshall University’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum today announces a summer institute for West Virginia teachers that will help integrate the study of black history in school curricula and provide graduate professional development credits for the educators.

The institute, called “The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: Integrating the Study of Black History into School Curricula,” is being funded through a grant of $17,100 from the West Virginia Humanities Council and a commitment of more than $40,000 from Lyceum resources in cash and in-kind contributions. It is the second Lyceum institute funded through collaboration with the West Virginia Humanities Council to assist teachers seeking advanced study in black history and literature – with an emphasis on the teachings of Carter G. Woodson, who was a graduate of Douglass School in 1896 and its principal 1900-1903, before he became an international figure and was recognized as the “Father of Black History.” The Lyceum’s previous institute was offered to the state’s teachers in 2017.

Twenty educators will be selected for the program, and they will study Woodson, black history, black literature, how to incorporate black history in their programs and visit historic sites in the area. All sessions, except road trips, will take place on the Marshall University campus June 17-21 and will be taught by national experts, including Marshall University professors, and local historians.

The Lyceum’s funding covers the teachers’ tuition and provides them with a stipend of $500. Teachers will be required to attend all sessions and prepare lesson plans. Several lesson plans from the 2017 institute are on display at

Applicants should apply at: by 5 p.m., March 15, 2019. Questions should be addressed to Professor Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor and director/co-founder of The Lyceum, at

Morris said, “This institute provides instruction in a much-needed area. Black history is more popular than ever, but few educators and their schools have been properly prepared in this area. However, most educators I know want to learn more about black history, which until recent years was rarely included in classrooms.”