Black history mission guided work of pioneering teacher, from classroom to TV show to trivia game

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At a time when the teaching of Black history was just getting a foothold in academic settings, Edward Beasley Jr. was one of its most ardent and innovative practitioners.

The lifelong educator, who died in 2019 at age 87, established a Black studies program at Kansas City’s Penn Valley Community College not long after the first of those programs launched in 1968, and also found creative ways to take the message far beyond classroom walls.

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