Teaching for Black Lives

Teaching for Black Lives

Edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au

Table of Contents

Black students' minds and bodies are under attack.
We're fighting back.


Section 1 — Making Black Lives Matter in Our Schools

Black Students’ Lives Matter
Building the school-to-justice pipeline
By the editors of Rethinking Schools

How One Elementary School Sparked a Citywide Movement to Make Black Students’ Lives Matter
By Wayne Au and Jesse Hagopian

Student Athletes Kneel to Level the Playing Field By Jesse Hagopian

Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow Teaching the ongoing murders of Black men
By Renée Watson

Space for Young Black Women An interview with Candice Valenzuela
By Jody Sokolower

Trayvon Martin and My Students Writing toward justice
By Linda Christensen

Two Sets of Notes By MK Asante

Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy into Schools By Adam Sanchez

A Vision for Black Lives
Policy demands for Black power, freedom, and justice
By the Movement for Black Lives coalition

Section 2 — Enslavement, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation

The Color Line How white elites sought to divide and conquer in the American colonies
By Bill Bigelow

Presidents and Slaves Helping students find the truth By Bob Peterson

When Black Lives Mattered Why teach Reconstruction
By Adam Sanchez

Reconstructing the South
By Bill Bigelow

Medical Apartheid Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
By Gretchen Kraig-Turner

Beyond Just a Cells Unit
What my science students learned from the story of Henrietta Lacks
By Gretchen Kraig-Turner

Teaching SNCC
The organization at the heart of the civil rights revolution
By Adam Sanchez

Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington By Bill Fletcher Jr.

Reflections of a “Deseg Baby” By Linda Mizell

What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party — but Should By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian

COINTELPRO Teaching the FBI’s war on the Black freedom movement
By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Section 3 — Gentrification, Displacement, and Anti-Blackness

Burned Out of Homes and History
Unearthing the silenced voices of the Tulsa Race Riot
By Linda Christensen

“The Most Gentrified City of the Century” By Becky HenkleBerry and Jeff Waters

What Do You Mean When You Say Urban? 
Speaking honestly about race and students
By Dyan Watson

Vacancies to Fill Considering desire in the past and future of Chicago’s vacant schools
By Eve L. Ewing

Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance By Bridget Brew, Crystal Proctor, and Adam Renner

Bearing Witness Through Poetry By Renée Watson

Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti Neoliberalism off the Richter scale
By Jesse Hagopian

Lead Poisoning Bringing social justice to chemistry
By Karen Zaccor

Section 4 — Discipline, the Schools-to-Prison Pipeline, and Mass Incarceration

Jailing Our Minds By Abbie Cohen

Schools and the New Jim Crow An interview with Michelle Alexander
By Jody Sokolower

Racial Justice Is Not a Choice White supremacy, high-stakes testing, and the punishment of Black and Brown students
By Wayne Au

How K–12 Schools Push Out Black Girls An interview with Monique W. Morris
By Kate Stoltzfus

Haniyah’s Story By Haniyah Muhammad

Teaching Haniyah By Jody Sokolower

Teaching the Prison-Industrial Complex By Aparna Lakshmi

Restorative Justice What it is and is not
By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Baby Steps Toward Restorative Justice By Linea King

Section 5 — Teaching Blackness, Loving Blackness, and Exploring Identity

A Talk to Teachers By James Baldwin

Black Like Me By Renée Watson

Dear White Teacher By Chrysanthius Lathan

Black Boys in White Spaces One mom’s reflection By Dyan Watson

Raised by Women Celebrating our homes By Linda Christensen

Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class By Clint Smith

#MeToo and The Color Purple By Linda Christensen

Queering Black History and Getting Free By Dominique Hazzard

Rethinking Islamophobia Combating bigotry by raising the voices of Black Muslims By Alison Kysia

Rethinking Identity Afro-Mexican history By Michelle Nicola

Brown Kids Can’t Be in Our Club Teaching 6-year-olds about skin color, race, culture, and respect
By Rita Tenorio

A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son By Dyan Watson

Black Is Beautiful By Kara Hinderlie


Teaching for Black Lives

ISBN: 9780942961041

Publication date: 04/16/2018