Katie Rainge-Briggs is a Curatorial Resident at the National Museum of African American Music and a doctoral candidate in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. Before Mrs. Rainge-Briggs began her study in Public History, she was a high school social studies teacher in Los Angeles. During her fifteen-year career in teaching, she was a member of a school design team, which developed the Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship School (RISE) on the Augustus Hawkins High School campus. In 2018 she coauthored a chapter in Designing for equity: Bridging learning and critical theories in learning ecologies for youth; titled “Schools for Community Action: Public School Design as a Revolutionary Act.” As an instructional leader in RISE, she developed a curriculum that enabled students to articulate their cultural wealth. Her career in curriculum development enabled her to have received a Teacher Innovation Grant from L.A.’s Promise Partner Schools. She was a recipient of the Teacher Initiated Inquiry Project Grant from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a Los Angeles Unified School District Common Core Fellow. Her work as a teacher informs her work as a public historian, thus honoring the people and communities that make the past rich.