Chaka Cummings has been appointed the inaugural executive director of The Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky.
The association – consisting of Berea College, Kentucky State University, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Kentucky History Resources, LLC – will be in the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College. It will work to help make sure that the contributions of Black Kentuckians are embedded into the teaching of state and national history.
Cummings – a highly experienced educator who has been a teacher, administrator, and diversity practitioner – has previously worked as director of K-12, postsecondary, and equity policy and practice at The Prichard Committee; and senior manager of inclusion at IMG Academy.
“The historical tapestry of the Bluegrass has been woven with significant contributions from Black Kentuckians, and it is the role of the Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky to make sure that these stories are widely available to students and teachers across the Commonwealth,” Cummings said. “I’m both humbled and honored by this truth and I look forward to the partnership with Berea College, Kentucky State University, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Thomas D. Clark Foundation as we work to continue to bring Kentucky’s robust Black history to life.”
Cummings holds a B.A. in education studies from Berea College and an MBA in business administration and management from the University of Kentucky.