Debates over curriculum have long been part of the discussion over what is taught in history courses. Most recently these questions have come to the surface with the 1619 project, debates over Critical Race Theory (CRT), and most recently Florida Governor Ron Desantis decision not to allow the AP’s African American History to be taught in Florida Public Schools.  Our panel of four Gen Z professional women will discuss the importance of history courses, particularly African American history, how they discuss difficult topics and how their experiences dealing with difficult topics has influenced the work they are currently doing.

Join us on Friday, March 17 at 12PM Central Time for this conversation!





Dr. Alicia Jackson is an Associate Professor of History at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She currently leads a community-based project that focuses on recovering the lost history and stories of a vibrant Black communities located in southern Appalachia. Her public writing has been published in the Washington Post and History News Network. In 2016 she was awarded a Louisville Project Grant for Researchers for her most recent publication The Recovered Life of Isaac Anderson.


Glory Blankenship – Glory Be is a community developer and crisis responder from Tulsa, OK who is interested in collective grief, cultivated resilience, and creative hope. After earning her B.A. in Community Development from Covenant College she completed her M.C. in The Study of the Bible & Ethnicity from The Edmiston Center. 

Avery Gross – In 2020, after majoring in history and minoring in community development, Avery Gross graduated with a BA from Covenant College. After graduation, she worked in the public history field as a historical interpreter at the Battle of Franklin Trust (BOFT) in Tennessee. Currently, she is at the University of Mississippi working on her masters in History. Her research interests include reconstruction after the Civil War, Jim Crow society, and the convict lease prison system. She is finishing up her master’s thesis which reviews the relationship between the public and the convict population in the Jim Crow South, at the turn of the twentieth century.

Nyra Johnson – Nyra Johnson is a 2018 Covenant College alumna with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. She completed her Masters from the University of Illinois with a degree in Organizational Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Nyra currently works as a Sr. DE&I Program Manager at Analog Devices Inc (ADI) where she is in charge of driving global DE&I strategy and curating initiatives committed to increasing diversity and cultural competence throughout every level of the organization

Juliana Meznar – Juliana Meznar is a teacher working in educational content creation at Microsoft with four years of experience teaching in New Orleans public schools. In addition to teaching, she has conducted research on racial bias in college admissions and the efficacy of various curricula. Having lived in five different countries and five different states within the US, Juliana has a particular interest in multiculturalism and world history.

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