Challenging Islamophobia with Education
Islamophobia is racism. Help us fight back through grassroots education.
Teaching for Change is excited to announce a new project called, “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide.” Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, our lessons and related professional development will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism and anti-immigrant racism, investigating the history of Muslims in the U.S. from the 17th century to the present. The project will create, pilot, and distribute six lessons on Islamophobia that raise consciousness and move people to action.
The first lesson, an Introduction to Black Muslims, is complete and has been successfully piloted. The lesson consists of a meet and greet activity, with each student assigned the short half-page biography of one of 25 Black Muslims who lived in the U.S. from colonization to the present.
We need community support to create more lessons and share them through teacher workshops.
Alison Kysia will lead this project. She has worked with us in the past on the following lessons and articles:
- Congo, Coltan, and Cell Phones: A People’s History
- A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
- The Green Feather Movement
- Bashing Howard Zinn: A Critical Look at One of the Critics
The total funding needed to complete this project is $121,600. We have received a total of $20,000 from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the California Charitable Foundation to officially launch the project. Now we need YOUR help.