Juneteenth: Teaching Outside the Textbook

Juneteenth — June 19th, also known as Emancipation Day — is one of the commemorations of people seizing their freedom from slavery in the United States. Yet, if the right wing has its way, it will be illegal to teach students about Juneteenth.
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Climate Chaos Is Crashing Through the World

It is urgent that educators of conscience commit ourselves to equipping our students to recognize the breadth of the climate emergency, to probe its social and economic causes, and to come to see themselves as activists for a just society and a stable climate.
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There Is Power in Numbers

We need to expose the right's agenda and be visible in our defense of teaching people's history. Don't let the right control the narrative. We ask EVERYONE (including YOU) reading this news post to participate in the #TeachTruth Days of Action all summer long.
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Teach Truth Days of Action 2022

Teachers and allies across the country pledged to teach truth on June 11 and 12, 2022. They made their pledges at historic sites to provide examples of the history that teachers would be required to lie about or omit if the GOP anti-history bills become law.
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Howard Zinn Centennial

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on August 24, 1922, in Brooklyn. Although Howard died in 2010, his work continues to inform and inspire educators around the world.
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Memorial Day, originally published in the New York Times. Used here with permission of the artist Owen Freeman.

People’s History of Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we feature two articles: one about the early origins of the holiday, led by African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina after the Civil War, and the second by Howard Zinn urging us to "destroy the weapons of death that . . . threaten our children and grandchildren."
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Kelly Lytle Hernández on the 1910 Mexican Revolution

Author Kelly Lytle Hernández spoke about the magonistas, a group of agitators who challenged Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Kidada E. Williams on Seizing Freedom

On May 9, the Zinn Education Project hosted author Kidada E. Williams in conversation with Jesse Hagopian about the imaginative, defiant ways that Black people sought and enacted freedom throughout U.S. history. This history is highlighted in her podcast Seizing Freedom, which focuses on and brings to life voices that have been muted time and time again. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Johanna Fernández on the Young Lords

On Monday, April 25, 2022, historian Johanna Fernández spoke about the history of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart of the Black Panther Party. This session was part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Secret Memo From High School Principals

In New York in the late 1960s, students in the Young Lords and the Black Panther Party were considered such a threat to the establishment that an association of high school principals issued a secret memo about “limits of permissible dissent.”
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Youth Rising Panel on May 18

Invitation to a panel with high school student organizers from the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest, from the Northeast to the Deep South to share their struggles and discuss their strategies for resistance.
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