Black and Brown historical narratives remain diminished or absent from school curricula around the United States. Kinfolk is a mobile app and web archive that will serve as a centralized archive for these narratives. The Kinfolk team includes researchers, historians and storytellers all working to curate existing information from disparate historical archives. Each of these narratives highlighting different historical figures will have an augmented reality monument that a student can digitally place into a classroom or even a bedroom. The student will then be prompted to perform common-core aligned tasks for English and history classes, allowing them to delve deeper into the person’s life, make connections on events that relate to their lifetime and analyze the significance of how their story impacts contemporary life. With existing connections to educators around the country, Kinfolk is poised to change how we teach and learn about Black and Brown historical narratives.
This project is supported in part by a gift from FRONTLINE.