50,000 Follow the Zinn Education Project on Instagram

We are thrilled to share that as of the end of May 2020, more than 50,000 people follow the Zinn Education Project on Instagram. That’s 50,000 people who are viewing daily This Day in History posts, new lessons, weekly Cite Black Women Sunday posts, and more.

Just two years ago we had about 11,000 followers. Since then, our Instagram community has grown by 350 percent, reaching more educators with resources to teach outside the textbook.

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In this time, we have also made some changes to our posts to make our Instagram content more accessible. For example, we committed to including detailed image descriptions in the caption of each post and using “Camel Case” for our hashtags (such as writing #ThisDayInHistory instead of using Instagram’s autofill suggestion of #thisdayinhistory). Thank you to disability justice and accessibility advocates who we continue to learn from as we strive to make our work more accessible for all.

Why Are 50,000 People Following the Zinn Education Project Instagram?

Every day, we share This Day in History posts to highlight people’s history, as well as related teaching lessons, articles, books, and more to learn and teach outside the textbook.

Some of our most popular This Day in History posts highlight everyday resistance, from Carmelita Torres and the Bath Riots to Kiyoshi Kuromiya and his provocative protest against the Vietnam War.

 

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In addition to our daily This Day in History posts, we also post weekly for Cite Black Women Sunday, an initiative begun by the Cite Black Women Collective to center, uplift, and cite the work of Black women past and present.

Some of our most popular Cite Black Women posts highlight the work of activists throughout history, from Georgia Gilmore of the Club from Nowhere to Judy Richardson of SNCC.

 

 

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Our thanks to Abby Saul for managing our Instagram account. Abby began as a 2018 summer intern and since then has worked with us a few hours each week to coordinate the posts and responses.

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