Nikole Hannah-Jones, Cornel West among instructors for free MasterClass offered for Black History Month

‘Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love’ a 10-hour-plus class, is available at no cost in February.

Nikole Hannah-Jones and Cornel West are among the instructors for an over ten-hour MasterClass offered during Black History Month.

Per a press release, MasterClass is offering free classes for the public for the first time in observance of Black History Month. The class, entitled Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love, is available to stream for no cost on its website during February.

Available on, IMDB TV and on Amazon Prime Video, the instructors of the MasterClass include an impressive stable of scholars like Dr. Jelani Cobb, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Angela Davis, Hannah-Jones, Sherrilyn Ifill, John McWhorter, and West.

Nikole Hannah-Jones. Photo provided by MasterClass.

Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love is a three-part, 54 lesson class that deals with past, present, and future race relations, the release states.

  • Part I: The Past explores the ties between slavery and American capitalism, the 14th Amendment, and how the law acts as an agent of white supremacy, the history of voter suppression, and equality in education.
  • Part II: The Present examines essential topics such as the origin of critical race theory, the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, and the legacy of Thurgood Marshall.
  • Part III: The Future discusses how members can take what they have learned to move forward and create a society built on justice.

The free class is possible due to the $2 million commitment MasterClass is making to create content that inspires and educates people about social justice and fighting against systemic racism.

Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love is the most important and comprehensive class MasterClass has ever created,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass said in a statement. “This class teaches us how to build a society that honors Black voices, love and joy—lessons everyone can and should hear, which is why, for the first time ever, we are making a full class available for free on We are also teaming up with Amazon to make the class available to all Prime members on Prime Video, as well as on IMDb TV.”

Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love cover over 400 years of American history within its 54 lessons and 10-plus hours. It contextualizes thoughts of race and racism, discusses gaps in traditional education in U.S. history, and challenges these obstacles while offering tools and techniques to empower change in our own lives.

“This class provides an uncensored and unfiltered version of Black history that is not typically taught in school,” said Nekisa Cooper, VP of content at MasterClass said in a statement. “Our groundbreaking instructors teach us the context of timely and important topics, hopefully delivering powerful lessons that will inspire action and help solve the problems we still face as a society today.”

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