Cautionary Words about Far Right from 1962

SNCC veteran Timothy L. Jenkins wrote an open letter about the far right, published in the Mississppi Free Press on August 18, 1962. It is relevant today.  Open Letter From Tim Jenkins This time last year found a small group of students and myself from the deep South strenuously engaged in trying to persuade the Wisconsin Meeting […]

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Protests: Sites for Education and Organizing

Our colleague Bruce Hartford, a veteran of the southern freedom struggle who manages the invaluable website, wrote about how to do education and outreach at protests. He has given us permission to share this useful advice. By Bruce Hartford I’ve recently participated in several protests aimed at building resistance to Trump and Trumpism. But […]

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Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism… Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. —Dr. Martin Luther King   […]

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Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and Beyond

Since the election, student protests across the country against bigotry and injustice have been inspiring. Now students need the opportunity to learn the history of people’s movements in order to deepen their protests into organizing that can win real change. Students must learn to think critically about our nation’s history and learn the lessons of […]

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Inauguration Day Social Justice Teach-In

For Inauguration Day 2017, let’s hold teach-ins at schools across the country. Teachers in New York are organizing a day to #TeachResistance. The Ethnic Studies program at Lewis & Clark College is holding a teach-in to learn, discuss, and act. In her keynote at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), noted educator Linda Darling-Hammond said, […]

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Be Proud of Who You Are

“The day after the election, students were in tears,” explained DCPS principal O’Kiyyah Lyons-Lucas. “Several parents have asked me to become the guardian of their children if they are sent out of this country.” Lyons-Lucas reaffirmed the school’s commitment to supporting each child, but she could not assure the families that they would be safe. […]

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Fun and Learning at People’s History Trivia Night

On December 2, the Zinn Education Project hosted a packed house for our first-ever People’s History Trivia Night fundraiser. Everyone enjoyed themselves, while learning non-trivial people’s history. The event was co-sponsored by and held at Busboys and Poets (14&V) during the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Classroom teachers and other friends of the […]

How Discrimination Shapes Parent-Teacher Communication

A new study suggests race and immigrant status are determining factors in whether or not an educator will reach out to a student’s family. This article by Melinda D. Anderson was originally featured in The Atlantic on November 15, 2016. The photo below is from the day-to-day work of Teaching for Change in schools in the D.C. metro […]

People’s History Trivia Night

Are you a people’s history buff? Join us in D.C. for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks–the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements. Friday, December 2 5:30-7:30 pm Busboys and Poets 14th & V U Street Metro (Green/Yellow Line) Win t-shirts, books, films, […]

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Post-Election, School Collaborates with Parents to Create Safe Space

My daughter asked if we had papers and if we would be kicked out of the country. My kids say they will leave with me, when we talked about the election. They said, “That man is a bad man because he doesn’t like Hispanics.” [The election results] make me feel unsafe in this country, because […]

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