The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today

A shorter version of this article, “Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film,” is available on Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. Here are free downloadable lessons and resources to bring this bottom-up history to the classroom. Download full article as a .pdf By Emilye Crosby On this 50th anniversary year of the […]

Charles McDew: “Why The Others Died”

The only thing that will make our lives or our deaths meaningful is that we tell the story of why we did what we did and why the others died. Charles McDew (June 23, 1938 – April 4, 2018) describes the terror of imprisonment and threats to the lives of Civil Rights Movement activists and others during […]

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Matt Herron and Dorie Ladner Remember the Mississippi Freedom Movement

  On July 24, 2014, photographer Matt Herron and SNCC veteran Dorie Ladner shared photos and stories about the 1960s Freedom Movement in Mississippi. Askia Muhammad from WPFW moderated and shared his own memories as a native of Mississippi. The featured books were Mississippi Eyes and This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil […]

Teaching for Change Board Member Wins 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award

We are pleased to announce that Teaching for Change board member Michael J. O’Brien’s book, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired, is one of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award recipients. The Lillian Smith Book Awards were established in 1968 by the Southern Regional Council to recognize authors whose books represent […]

Presentation in DC by Students and Teachers from McComb, Miss.

Please join us for a special reception with students and their teachers from McComb, Mississippi. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:00-8:00pm African American Civil War Museum 1925 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 Eleven students and their teachers from McComb will be in D.C. for the National History Day (NHD) competition. This is the third time McComb has participated […]

Black History 360: Summer at the Schomburg for Teachers

We’re going back this summer to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present at the fifth annual Black History 360 Summer Institute for teachers. This year’s themes include: Freedom Summer 1964 American Maroons and Resistance to Slavery The Motown Sound: A Voice for Freedom The History of Education in New York City […]

Doing Justice to Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children

By Amy Rothschild Early childhood educators often struggle with the question of how to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that is developmentally appropriate, focused, and accurate. Two challenges arise in teaching about King: the first is effectively communicating historical information to young children, and the second is adequately representing the diversity, breadth, […]

The Man Behind Emmett Till

Update: We share the sad news that Mr. Simeon Booker passed away on December 10, 2017 in Solomons, Maryland. He was 99 years old. Read Booker’s obituary in The Washington Post. Many believe that history is inevitable. However, the stories that make it into the public awareness are ones deemed worthy by those in power. […]

Freedom Movement Unsung Hero Clyde Kennard Honored on 50th Anniversary

“Most basic to our beliefs about the race question in America today is that there can be no racial segregation without some racial discrimination, and that there cannot be a complete racial equalization without some racial integration. “Now this principle is an easy one for us to follow, for it holds as true in human […]

Learning About Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator and Activist

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” Mary McLeod Bethune Thanks to historian Dr. Ida E. Jones, the words and wisdom of Mary McLeod Bethune opened up to a full house at Busboys and Poets for the mid-August discussion of her new book, Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and […]

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