Reconstruction - Stanza Academy

Stanza Academy


Get an authentic education on Black people, culture, and contributions.

From Cooking for the Soul and Intro to Music with Preservation Hall to Coding for the Culture and Algo-rhythms, Reconstruction brings to life a personal, world-class curriculum rooted in Black culture. Stanza offers Reconstruction coursework for students grades K-12.

Reconstruction is for students who want to...

  • Explore the world and its possibilities
  • Spark curiosity and creativity for personal and collective gain
  • Engage in rich, carefully curated coursework
  • Connect with a network of peers across the US
  • Have fun!

Course Requirements:

  • Active Engagement
  • Personal computer and reliable internet connection

“Reconstruction is one of my long-time dreams come true. It is an online platform that focuses on providing culturally-affirming identity development classes for African-American young people. But it is actually open to all young people—and adults as well. A young person’s identity development is really important; the world might tell you who you are, but when you know who you are, when you know your own history [and] cultural traditions, when you know your heroes and heroines … you just have a different sense of yourself in the world. [I wanted] African-American kids to be proud of themselves and understand that many of the narratives that they hear about themselves in their community are actually wrong.”

– Kaya Henderson, Reconstruction CEO

Meet Our Partner: Reconstruction

Reconstruction was created to show our kids that they are descendants of powerful, creative, and resilient ancestors whose contributions permeate every aspect of life across the globe; and that they too are called to contribute to this rich legacy. It’s the way we were taught as children. It’s the way we teach our children.

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