Theme: African American

African American

The Mis-Education of the Negro

Book — Non-fiction. By Carter G. Woodson. 1933. Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions about the legacy of slavery and enduring white supremacy.
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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Book - Picture book. By Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2021. 32 pp. This children's book centers the history of the thriving Black community of Greenwood before the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.
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Reconstruction: Repression and Resistance

In a people's history online class, Professor Kidada Williams and Tiffany Mitchell Patterson discussed African American survivors of racist violence in the context of Reconstruction, drawing parallels to the contemporary moment.
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The Voting Booth

Book - Fiction. By Brandy Colbert. 2020. 304 pages. A novel for high school students that centers on voting rights -- weaving in a myriad of voter suppression tactics and the importance of everyone playing a role in fighting for the right to vote.
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Biddy Mason Speaks Up

Book — Non-fiction. By Arisa White and Laura Atkins. 2019. 112 pages. An illustrated children's book tells the story of real-life champion for civil rights Bridget "Biddy" Mason.
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When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction

By Adam Sanchez
Every day seems to bring new horrors as the U.S. president’s racist rhetoric and policies have provided an increasingly encouraging environment for attacks on Black people and other communities of color. The acquittal of yet another police officer accused of murdering a Black man in St. Louis, the raging battle across the country over whether symbols of slavery should be removed from public spaces, and the formation of a “Commission on Election Integrity” to further suppress voting by people of color are just a few of the recent reminders that racism is as American as apple pie. In moments like these, it’s worth remembering a time in U.S. history when Black lives mattered.
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