#BlackLivesMatter: Resources for Educators

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A week or so ago, Bernie Sanders held a rally to talk about social security and medicare. Two #BlackLivesMatter activists, Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullors, spoke during the rally and many of you might have seen what occurred via media outlets or YouTube.com. If not, take a look here:

There was a lot of controversy over the above video because of the way the two #BlackLivesMatter activists, Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullors, addressed both Bernie Sanders and the crowd.  There has been little stance taken by candidates on topics of police brutality, school-to-prison pipeline, institutional racism or the lives taken as a result of these products of white supremacy (if they’ve taken any stance at all). Whether you agree with the approach of these activists or not, I hope you are not blinded to the fact that the reason folks are speaking up in venues such as these is because folks are unhappy about the silence that is occurring around this epidemic.

Today, I do not bring up this occurrence to make a political stance on who I support or do not support for the presidential race. Instead, I bring up this topic to point out the great opportunity educators have to discuss why it is important to talk about what is occurring in our communities, the different type of organizing approaches, and effective practices to promote change. We should be using examples such as this to educate our students about finding their voice.

In what ways are you educating your students about the issues that are occurring to black and brown folks around the country? Are you providing students with knowledge about the different platforms they have to voice their opinions? Are you explaining the pros and cons of each platform? What resources are you providing them to challenge their perspectives?

My sincere hope is that this is not the first conversation that you are having with your students about what is occurring; but, if it is then I wanted to provide some resources that may help facilitate the conversation. Please note that the below collection of documents is not all inclusive and I do not hold the right to claim any of them as my own work. This is a collection of resources developed and collected by educators across our country. Please use them to empower your students to voice their opinion in the ways that they feel necessary.


Twitter/Google Doc Resources:

Teaching #Ferguson: Current events in the Classroom Resources:

#FergusonSyllabus: A collection of resources from K-12 educators and higher ed. professionals that can be used to talk about Michael Brown and Ferguson. This hashtag was initiated by Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University.

#BaltimoreSyllabus: A collection of resources from K-12 educators and higher ed. professionals that can be used to talk about police brutality and racism in the classroom.

#blkwomensyllabus: A collection of resources for folks to educate others about black and brown women who have influenced history.

  • Please note: A google doc of the materials provided using this hashtag has not been published yet but it seems like there will be one in the near future.

“Code of Ethics for Antiracist White Allies:”


YouTube.com Playlist: #InstitutionalRacism:

YouTube.com Playlist: #WhitePrivilege:

The Success of Nonviolent civil resistance: Erica Chenoweth (TEDxBoulder)

National Higher Education Organizations:

NASPA: Equity & Diversity Initiatives

ACPA: Committee for Multicultural Affairs Resource Page

Educational Organizations:

National Education Association: Racial Profiling Curriculum and Resources

  • NEA has joined a curriculum workgroup with the NAACP, Not In Our Town/Not in Our School, Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law Center, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Human Rights Educators of the USA (HRE-USA) Network, and Facing History and Ourselves to put these resources together.
  • Here is the link: http://www.nea.org/home/52285.htm

Zinn Education Project:

Teaching Tolerance:

Teaching for Change:

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility:

Professional Development/Conferences:

NASPA Multicultural Institute:

National Conference for Race & Ethnicity (NCORE):

Social Justice Training Institute:

I am a firm believer that to promote change we need various methods and viewpoints on how that change should be accomplished. My hope is that educators can use this post to strengthen their toolboxes and continue to empower students.

Please feel free to add additional materials that are not listed above in the comments sections. I will do my best to add those documents to the main body of this message so that folks can reference the material easily.

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