Racial Education, History, & Justice

Black Lives Matter At School: A Day of Understanding and Affirmation

These two resources created by Rochester City School District and D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice respectively, give educators, caretakers, and storytellers the materials to introduce the Black Lives Matter movement and concepts of racial justice to students and children. They hope to provide teachers and students alike with the tools to “explore and grapple with the past, present, and future status of Black lives in our society and to affirm that status as equal to, and not secondary to, the lives of others.”



#SLAY: Approaching The Black Lives Matter Movement

This syllabus is an adoption of the course, “Black Lives Matter” designed by Frank Leon Roberts at BlackLivesMatterSyllabus.com. From the prison-industrial complex, to the media’s role in influencing conversations on race, to the rise of decentralized protest movements in the US, #SLAY: Approaching The Black Lives Matter Movement gives a comprehensive collection of texts to understand how #BLM “has emerged in recent years as a movement committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies.”

How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson

This resource was compiled by a community of teachers, academics, community leaders, and parents to teach about some aspect of the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a snapshot of the recommendations that has been edited. Published on the Atlantic by Marcia Chatelain, the contributions to the syllabus continue on Twitter.


BLM in #PHLed : Lesson Resources

These resources are intended to serve as a guide for educators to foster dialogue around the 13 Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter and racial justice that emerged during the week of January 23-28, 2017. Collected by educators from Teacher Action Group-Philadelphia, The Caucus of Working Educators, and Philadelphia Children’s March, they are committed to shine on a light on the Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter movement.


The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.


Charleston Syllabus 

Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication. This list is not meant to be exhaustive – you will find omissions.


Resources for Organizers

With trainings on fundraising, campaigns, consensus, and group process, this collection of resources for organizers provides tools and education and how to better mobilize and consolidate one’s movement. This was created by Organizing for Power.