Kidada E. Williams “Seizing Freedom”

On Monday, May 9, 2022, author Kidada E. Williams will speak with Jesse Hagopian about two seasons of Seizing Freedom, a Black history podcast that tells stories “drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again.”

Kidada E. Williams is the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I. She teaches courses on African American and U.S. history and historical research methods at Wayne State University. Williams is also one of the co-developers of #CharlestonSyllabus, a crowd-sourced project that helped people understand the historical context surrounding the 2015 racial massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

Williams will be in conversation with Rethinking Schools editor and high school teacher Jesse Hagopian.


These online classes with people’s historians are held at least once a month (generally on Mondays) at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 90 minutes. In each session, the historian is interviewed by a teacher and breakout rooms allow participants to meet each other in small groups, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff. Parents, students, and others are also welcome to participate.

Find resources below to teach outside the textbook about the Black Freedom Struggle and those whose voices deserve to be heard.

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