Challenging White Privilege in Children’s Books

By Alison Kysia As an educator and a parent, I need children’s books that represent the diversity of my children, students, and our community. This is easier said than done. Data collected by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center indicates that from 2008-2012 only 10% of children’s books published were about people of color despite the […]

Category: 2014, News · Tags: ,

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. […]

Bringing Multicultural Books into Schools

Here is a special Teaching for Change shout out to two institutions—the Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative and the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) ELL Office—for introducing their teachers to progressive multicultural literature. They have partnered with us to help select titles for their classrooms. By ordering from Teaching for Change, they have helped to […]

Category: 2013, News · Tags: , ,

State Out of the Union: Teaching for Change Hosts Jeff Biggers

On September 26, just days into Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, Teaching for Change hosted an event at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. featuring author/historian Jeff Biggers in a new show on immigration, civil rights, and states’ rights. The event was a stop on Biggers’ 30-city nationwide book tour for the release of his latest book, […]

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“Multiplication Is for White People”: Full House for Lisa Delpit’s Book Talk

On April 9, 2012, Teaching for Change was honored to co-host the book launch for Lisa Delpit’s new book “Multiplication Is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children (The New Press). Click on images for album.   Education scholar Lisa Delpit spoke to a crowd of nearly 90 educators from D.C. area schools, […]

John Nichols on Anniversary of Wisconsin Uprising

On Feb. 15, journalist and activist John Nichols spoke at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. to share his experiences during the 2011 Wisconsin protests and to introduce his new book, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest from Madison to Wall Street. Nichols told several powerful stories from the capitol occupation and connected […]

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Responses to CityPaper Article About D.C. Bookstore

The Washington City Paper published “Politics and Prose’s Social Network: How much is a beloved bookstore really worth?” about Politics and Prose Bookstore after the death of co-founder and owner Carla Cohen. Most of the article was about the important role that Politics and Prose has played in the political, social, and literary community of […]

Category: 2011, Bookstore, News · Tags:

Melissa Harris-Perry on Sister Citizen

Melissa Harris-Perry delivered a riveting presentation on her latest book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, to a full house at Busboys and Poets (14th and V) on September 19, 2011. So many people came for her presentation that seats were added to the stage behind the speaker. The event was co-sponsored by Busboys […]

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Rita Dove Shares Stage, Advice, and 20th Century Poetry with the DC Youth Slam Team

Rita Dove, editor of the recently released Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry read at Busboys and Poets on October 26, 2011 for one of Teaching for Change’s and Busboys and Poets’ free author events. To cover an entire century of U.S. poetry, she read from a great array of poets included in the […]

Category: 2011, News · Tags: ,

Premiere of Dave Zirin’s New Film a Fundraiser for Teaching for Change

We were honored to host a premiere of Dave Zirin’s new film, Not Just a Game, as a fundraiser for Teaching for Change on Dec. 13, 2010 at Busboys and Poets. Despite the frigid weather, there was standing room only for the film and live interview of Dave Zirin by literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. Not Just a […]

Category: 2010, News · Tags: , ,

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