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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Reparations and Climate Justice

Philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò joined Cierra Kaler-Jones and Jesse Hagopian to discuss his book, Reconsidering Reparations. This session was part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Students Defend Human Rights

Throughout U.S. history, young people have protested to demand justice in the United States and around the world. Each time, they face violence from police and vilification by the corporate media.
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Teach Truth Day of Action 2024

We invite educators, students, parents, and community members to host an information table or an event at a historic site to defend the freedom to learn and LGBTQ+ rights on June 8, 2024.
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Outside Agitators

“Outside agitators” is a trope used throughout history in response to slave resistance, Reconstruction, the labor movement, the anti-apartheid movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and more to dismiss and repress the legitimate agency, intellect, and concerns of local people.
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Teaching About Haiti

Seldom do we see Haiti in the news without the word “crisis.” It is important for young people to learn about the roots of the crisis and the long history of resistance.
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The History of Black Music — A Love Supreme

Award-winning musicologist and music historian Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. discussed his book Who Hears Here?: On Black Music, Pasts and Present as part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Teach About Toxins and Organizing for Environmental Justice

Exposure to toxic chemicals is on the rise — placing the health and longevity of our students at great risk. Invisible in air and water, toxins should be made visible in the curriculum. We offer lessons and resources for the classroom, along with stories about organizing for environmental justice.
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