App Developed at UWM Helps Explore Black History

Former School of Education faculty member Deborah Blanks has turned a project she started for her son in grade school into a Black history app that will launch Feb. 17. It’s free and will be available in the Apple store, through Google and on the web.

Blanks, who earned her doctorate in urban studies from UWM, created the “Blackistory” app, with help from UWM’s App Brewery. The Brewery partners student developers with community members, health care providers and other nonprofit organizations to create a wide variety of apps.

Blanks’ app grew out of her teaching her own son, Geraud, about Black history. When he was 10, he was the only Black child in a predominantly white advanced math class, said Blanks. When he went out to the playground for recess, he told his mom he wasn’t sure if he should stay and play with his white classmates from math class or with the other black students.

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