Black History Month, Week 3: History Is Happening
Each Friday this month (or more), I'll post some ideas, folks to follow, and blog pieces about Black history, the work Black teachers are doing and how they are engaging in this month with their students.
- BuzzFeed's "Black History Reading List" is full of excellent reads for both educators, with many being appropriate for older students. "Are These Former Black Panthers Murderers or Martyrs?" discusses the importance nuances within history. "Teaching the Camera to See My Skin" is not only a powerful narrative but also touches on aspects of the intersection of race, culture, science and innovation.
- Theresa Sutton of BeingReese has an amazing round up of activities-- from field trips to multiple book-and-film lists-- to celebrate and engage with Black History Month with younger children.
- NPR's Code Switch had a twitter chat on "The Obama Effect" with #NPRObamaEffect. Some of the threads and questions could be interesting to bring into our own classroom discussions about race and identity.
- Science Friday has a great piece on NASA and Integration.
- The Google Cultural Institute has nearly 5,000 Black historical and cultural artifacts available online right now.
- Listen Current has a number of audio stories about the Civil Rights movement and Black history overall.
Finally, an important reminder for all teachers from Education Post: "I Had to Admit My Own Racial Prejudice to Become a Better Teacher."