These are the four brilliant women who created the original version of the Question Bridge Curriculum in 2011
Kamal Sinclair was a key collaborator for the Question Bridge project and is now Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects; supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and making art through a family creative practice at Sinclair Futures.
Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. She holds a PhD in Social Work Research.
Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. And she’s the author of a seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.”
Jinan O’Connor Vice President, Implementation and Professional Learning for Turnaround for Children 12 years at Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a global college readiness organization.
Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Among her awards and honors, she was a 2000 MacArthur Genius Award Fellow.
What these four remarkable women did was distill the overall Question Bridge: Black Males project, which is three hours long, into the original Question Bridge Curriculum Modules.
The original Question Bridge Curriculum was created in 2011 and a number of important modifications needed to be made to make it more accessible and to bring the content up to date:
2011 was before the shootings of Trayvon Martin, 17 Eric Garner Michael Brown and the riots in Ferguson and also before the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
With this in mind Chris Johnson began collaborating with James E Ford on a major revision of the original Question Bridge Curriculum.
The first thing the Johnson and Ford did was change the name from "Question Bridge Curriculum" to The Question Bridge Curricular Tools.
We then added new Modules and disaggregated them so that teachers can now pick and choose which ones work best for thier classes, or use them in any order they choose.