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 […]

Middle Passage Markers Project: Invitation to Teachers and Students

“If the Atlantic were to dry up it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones, marking the various routes of the middle passage.” — John Henrik Clark at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, 1989 [Roebuck, SC] nobody mentioned slaves yet the curious tools shine with your fingerprints. nobody mentioned slaves yet somebody […]

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The Civil Rights Movement Is Not Over: Mark Levy Says at the AFT

Freedom Summer volunteer Mark Levy spoke at the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Los Angeles on July 12, 2014 about the legacy and lessons of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Levy is a veteran junior high school teacher and labor organizer. Here are Levy’s prepared remarks. At the end of Levy’s […]

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 […]

Malcolm X: Written Out of History

During a book talk for Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, historian Peniel E. Joseph critiqued how textbooks typically invite students to contrast Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as if they were polar opposites. We share this excerpt from Joseph’s talk in light of the news […]

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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, […]

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 […]

Remembering the Everyday Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

The following article by Courtland Milloy was published by the Washington Post on August 27, 2013. Milloy quotes Teaching for Change’s executive director, Deborah Menkart, and references the March on Washington interactive quiz and a lesson plan that Teaching for Change prepared as resources to help teach about every day heroes and the struggle for […]

Thunder of Freedom: Holmes County, Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

You are invited to an event featuring the new book Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi   African American Civil War Memorial and Museum Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7-9 pm Presentation: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) Welcome: Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Museum Speakers: Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan […]

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Black History Is U.S. History: Freedom Schools

Mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Schools with an Ask me about: Freedom Schools commemorative button. Why Freedom Schools? Freedom Schools promote education for transformation and liberation. Freedom Schools allow students to learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement beyond an individual hero, speech, or march. Freedom Schools invite all of us to look […]

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