Director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education
Black history education, social studies, history of education, teacher education, racism, and anti-blackness
LaGarrett J. King is an internationally recognized specialist in teaching black history.
A former teacher in Texas and Georgia, King studies how black history and race are taught and learned in schools and society. His research also focuses on critical theories of race, teacher education and curriculum history.
King’s extensive published work on these topics includes several edited or co-edited books, ranging from “Perspectives of Black Histories in Schools,” which brings together a diverse group of scholars to discuss how black history is understood in K-12 education, at “We Be Lovin’ Black Children,” which shares strategies and activities to ensure Black children are loved and safe, facilitating their cultural and academic excellence.
King is the founding director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education at UB, which focuses on research and teacher professional development activities that aim to improve the teaching of black history from kindergarten to 12th grade. The center also builds networks of people and organizations committed to teaching black history, including through its Black History Teaching Conference, an annual event for educators interested in transformative and engaging ways to teach K-12 Black history in history and social studies classrooms.
LaGarrett J. King, PhD
Director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education
Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching
University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education