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VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Tongues Untied: Marlon Riggs' essay film gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization.
LessonAndrew Jackson and the “Children of the Forest”A lesson in which students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonDiscovering Columbus: Re-reading the PastAnchor Lesson: How to engage students in a critical analysis of the textbook version of “discovery.”America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
ReadingThe Untold History of American Indian SlaveryHistory of American Indian SlaveryAmerica’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
ReadingAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United StatesIn An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military.America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
VideoNative America history and raceNative America historyAmerica’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonThe Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role PlayRole play on the Cherokee-Seminole removal or Trail of Tears.America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonTeachable Moments Classroom LessonsA great resource for lessons based on current eventsCurrent Events:Teaching the Headlines
LessonTeaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice SystemTeaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice SystemCurrent Events:Teaching the Headlines
The Wages of WhitenessBook examines the economics of racismInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ReadingInstitutional Racism5 Examples of Institutional Racism in the United States
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoRacial Justice Series- Racism is Real
A three-part series that explores the many ways black Americans face racial bias. These short films—Racism is Real, Black Protests vs. White Riots, and Prison System by the Numbers—explore the effects of racial bias on the lives of black Americans and the ways in which racism impacts American society as a whole. Includes teacher guideInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ReadingInstitutional Racism Is Our Way of Life
Article with links to data documenting institutional racism
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ReadingStructural Racism GlossaryGlossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity AnalysisInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ReadingHow White Supremacy WorksHow White Supremacy WorksInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
Video2013 - Brave New Voices - Albuquerque TeamIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoGuante - "How to Explain White Supremacy to a White Supremacist"Introduction: Young people-poetry
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoDarius Simpson - "Genocide"Introduction: Young people-poetry
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoFranny Choi - "Whiteness Walks into a Bar"Introduction: Young people-poetry
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoKyla Lacey - "White Privilege"Introduction: Young people-poetry
Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ResourceIs Racism a Global Concern- Facts and InfographicIs Racism a Global Concern- Facts and InfographicInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
ReadingOn Ending White Supremacy
On Ending White SupremacyInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoTa-Nehisi Paul Coates on racism and history
Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates on racism and historyInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoTim Wise on White Supremacy
Tim Wise on White SupremacyInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
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White Nationalism
White NationalismInstitutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy
VideoChicago Students for PeaceChicago Students for PeaceInvestigating Community Violence
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Tell them We Are Rising:The StoryInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceAfrican-American Experience and Issues of Race and Racism in U.S. SchoolsA compilation of resources on the topicInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceCivil Rights Movement in VirginiaA website resource for teaching the evolution of education for Blacks in Virginia. The Closing of Prince Edward County's Schools depicts how this county responded to Brown vs BoardInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonA Time for Sight: The Debate over Color Blindness and Race-Consciousness in School Integration PolicyADL offers a four-part lesson that examines the debate over school integration within the broader context of the Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 and the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, AK in 1957.Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoThe Struggle for African American EducationAfrican American EducationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoThe History of African American EducationAfrican American EducationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceAmerican Indian Experience, Issues, and ResourcesAmerican Indian Experience, Issues, and ResourcesInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceAsian-American Experience, Issues, and ResourcesAsian-American Experience, Issues, and ResourcesInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoBlack American Struggle for EducationBlack American Struggle for EducationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoRaise Up Project - "Brown VS. Board of Education"Brown vs. Board of Ed.Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Road to Brown: tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement. Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceHip Hop, Popular Music and EducationHip Hop, Popular Music and EducationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ReadingHistorical Perspective: The Struggle for Equal Opportunity in EducationHistorical Perspective: The Struggle for Equal Opportunity in EducationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonThe Real Monopoly: America's Racial Wealth DivideIn this lesson, students will get a glimpse of the long-term economic effects of race-based policies that have limited the economic opportunities of African Americans, Native Americans, and other communities of color. Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceLatino Experience, Issues, and ResourcesLatino Experience, Issues, and ResourcesInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceBrown v. Board at Fifty: “With an Even Hand”
A Century of Racial Segregation, 1849–1950
Library of Congress resource. “With an Even Hand” is divided into three sections. The exhibition examines precedent-setting court cases that laid the ground work for the Brown v. Board decision, explores the Supreme Court argument and the public's response to it, and closes with an overview of this profound decision's aftermath. The exhibition features more than one hundred items from the Library's extensive holdings on this subject, including books, documents, photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, maps, music, films, political cartoons, and prints. A film compilation captures the historic events and highlights media coverage of the struggle for desegregation.Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ReadingHow Racism Affects Black and Brown Students in Public Schools
Minorities are suspended more and less likely to be pegged as giftedInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ReadingSelf-Taught
African American Education in Slavery and Freedom
Self-Taught
African American Education in Slavery and Freedom
Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonThe African American Struggle for Education
Teaching with Primary Sources
This is a unit of study with lessons that provide insight into the historic fight for the education of Blacks here in the United States. The lessons start with the educational rights of slaves and end at the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education and the current state of educationInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonLooking Back Reaching Forward: Exploring the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education in Contemporary TimesThis is an anchor lesson/unit for teaching Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity. Unit includes 6 lesson developed by the Anti-Defa
mation League.
Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
ResourceWhat is the School-to-Prison Pipeline?This lesson provides an opportunity for students to understand more about the School-to-Prison Pipeline, learn about its history and evolution and begin to plan some activities to teach others about it and take action.Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonThe First Amendment in Public SchoolsUnit with 4 lesson on first amendment rightsInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonYouth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality: Instructor’s GuideYouth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality: Instructor’s GuideInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
VideoProtect Public Education - Stop Betsy DeVos!
Discover how the DeVos effect has harmed families and the education system in Michigan
Discover how the DeVos effect has harmed families and the education system in MichiganInvestigating Education and Economic Opportunity
LessonForced Displacement
Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice
5 lessons on global human displacement. Essential QuestionsInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonA Nation of Immigrants?Anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and Immigration.Investigating Race and Immigration
ReadingHistory of the Chicano Movement
Education reform and farm workers' rights were among the goals
Chicano MovementInvestigating Race and Immigration
Teacher GuideEducation About ImmigramContent on immigration issues. Teachers can access lessons for classroom Investigating Race and Immigration
ResourceDadaab StoriesDadaab Stories is an interactive multi-media platform on the Dadaab refugee camp for, mostly, Somali refugees in Kenya. It was developed by the charity Film Aid and explores daily life in the camp, with a plethora of articles, videos and photos on its inhabitants, art in the camp, the refugee Diaspora and other themes.Investigating Race and Immigration
VideoState of ArizonaCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Film about the Arizona controversial immigration law SB1070Investigating Race and Immigration
ResourceUNHCR Teachers’ ToolkitFree-of-charge and adaptable UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration and statelessness, and a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for primary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes.Investigating Race and Immigration
ResourceImmigration: The Changing Face of America. Library of Congress, American Memoryhis Web site introduces teachers and students to the topic of Immigration. This site features lesson plans, recipes and vocabulary activities which serve to show how immigrant groups have contributed to the culture of this nation, a timeline and interactive map of the United States showing pertinent dates, and the port(s) of entry and migration patterns of immigrant groups, and student interviews with immigrants who arrived in the U.S. from the mid-20th century to the early 21st century.Investigating Race and Immigration
ActivitiesImmigration quizImmigrationInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonLatinos and the Fourteenth Amendment: A Primary Document Activity In this lesson, students will work in pairs and use expert reading strategies to analyze the Court’s ruling in Hernandez v. Texas. After participating in a carousel discussion, students will write a three-minute paper describing how the United States would be different if the Court had reached an alternate conclusion.Investigating Race and Immigration
LessonTeaching About MigrationIn this unit, there are four exemplar teaching and learning activities on immigration that can be adopted and/or adapted for use in your classroom. This is followed by a guided opportunity for teachers to develop their own teaching and learning activity based on the question 'what would happen if all immigration to the UK suddenly stopped?'.Investigating Race and Immigration
VideoImmigration BattleA special two-hour feature film presentation from FRONTLINE and Independent Lens, acclaimed independent filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take viewers behind closed doors in Washington's corridors of power to explore the political realities surrounding one of the country's most pressing and divisive issues.Investigating Race and Immigration
ReadingWhat’s a Sanctuary City AnywaySanctuary CityInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonTeaching ImmigrationThe lesson plan includes prompts to help introduce the video New York’s Mexican Community: Challenges and Opportunities, questions to assess comprehension and facilitate discussion, as well as resources for further reading and researchInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonLetters From the DiasporaThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and Immigration In this lesson, students share opinions about the causes of mass migration. They then investigate the causes and effects of an event that led to a mass migration and write letters from the perspective of a person who might have lived through that period.Investigating Race and Immigration
LessonPathways to America: Teaching About Immigration ChangesThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and Immigration. Investigating Race and Immigration
LessonHuddled Mass or Second Class?: Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S.This is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and Immigration.
Unit plan.
Investigating Race and Immigration
LessonUnited We dream toolboxUnited We dream toolboxInvestigating Race and Immigration
ResourceImmigration 101Website of the American Immigration CouncilInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonWhat is the Dream Act and Who Are the Dreamers?What is the Dream Act and Who Are the DreamersInvestigating Race and Immigration
LessonWhat Should Be Done about DACA?What Should Be Done about DACA?Investigating Race and Immigration
LessonWho are children at our border?Who are children at our border?Investigating Race and Immigration
VideoNew York’s Mexican Community: Challenges and OpportunitiesNew York’s Mexican Community: Challenges and OpportunitiesInvestigating Race and Immigration
VideoThis is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental HealthCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.A three-part documentary series which highlights stories of individuals with mental illnesses who have found themselves in a dysfunctional prison system rather than getting proper care.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonEqual Justice InstituteA website dedicated to social justice issues:
Mass Incarceration, Racial Justice, Children in Prison, and Death Penalty,
Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonState PrisonsExamines the California penal systemInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingTeaching the New Jim CrowIn The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander introduces readers to the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States and challenges readers to view the crisis as “the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.”
This teacher’s guide is designed to provide the resources and support you need to explore these critically important issues with your students.
Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoOver CriminalizedOverCriminalized profiles three promising and less expensive interventions that may actually change the course of people’s lives. Copies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
Teacher Guide About Slavery by Another Name in the ClassroomCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Slavery by Another Name in the Classroom aims to not only educate, but also to recover, explore and document shared histories. To delve into the breadth of history surrounding forced labor, the educational materials are aimed at high school and college settings and are divided into units on History, Civics and Social Justice, English and Media Literacy, and Economics. Each unit features activity guides that are designed to provide flexibility for use in the classroom and include a variety of rich multimedia film and oral history clips. To help you begin using the classroom materials.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingState PrisonsState PrisonsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingThe Black Codes and Why They Matter Today
The impact on policing and prison in the 21st century Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
ReadingUnchaining Civil RightsThis documents and describes the institutional and structural exclusions in the four Es - employment, education, enfranchisement and equality and the ways that these exclusions result in de facto discrimination of racial minorities.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
LessonJustice for All? Teaching About Crime and Punishment in AmericaThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration. Lesson includes links to related articles from the New York Times. Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoRestorative Justice ProgramThis two-part series examines the CYS restorative justice program revolutionizing the justice system. Copies of this film can be borrowed from YCCSInvestigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoTo Prison for PovertyCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoThe Bail Trap: American RansomCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series currently includes: Breaking Down Bail, unpacking the myths and history of bail, and Tai's Story: College or Bail?, a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom.Investigating Race and the Justice System: Incarceration
VideoReparationsChicago Youth Speak about police brutalityInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Teacher GuideAbout Slavery by Another Name in the Classroom Discussion questionsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonHistorical Perspective: What Was the Intent of the Framers of the 14th Amendment?Lesson explores the legal definition of the 14th AmendmentInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Race Gap in America’s Police DepartmentsRace in Police DepartmentsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingWhat Is Racial Profiling? The Racial Profiling Debate: Are There Pros and Cons? Racial ProfilingInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
VideoSlavery By Another NameSlaveryInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonAbout Slavery by Another Name in the ClassroomSlaveryInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
VideoA historical background of the 14th amendmentSlavery:historical backgroundInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Reading13th, 14th and 15th AmendmentsSlavery:historical backgroundInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonThe Problem With ProfilingStudents explore the issue of racial profiling and post their conclusions to a youth message board.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Black Codes and Why They Matter Today
Their impact on policing and prison in the 21st century
The Black CodesInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonThe Summer of Rage: Lessons from the Riots in Detroit and Newark 50 Years AgoThe Summer of RageInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingStop-and-Frisk: A Brief History of a Controversial Policing ToolThis interactive explainer, produced by Newsbound’s Josh Kalven, explores the evolution of stop-and-frisk policing and the heated legal battles that have long surrounded it.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingEquality Under the Law? Investigating Race and the Justice SystemThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING. Lesson includes links to related articles from the New York Times. Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingMike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own upJim Crow LynchingsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonFacing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital AgeUsing Ferguson as a case study, students will explore the media coverage and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—and learn to become informed and effective civic participants in today’s digital landscape. Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Reading10 Racist US Supreme Court Rulings10 Racist US Supreme Court RulingsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Ferguson SyllabusA group called Sociologists for Justice presents a collection of research studies on racism and policing. They provide important socio-historical context for the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, and the uprising that followed in Ferguson, MO, during August, 2014.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonExploring Solutions to Address Racial Disparity ConcernsThis lesson will help students reflect on some of the underlying problems and issues that have emerged from the deaths of Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO), Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY) and Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH), undertake research and present viable solutions. Students will learn more about some of strategies and reforms that have been circulating and will then work in small groups to investigate and present one of these ideas in more depth.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Lessonhttp://www.pbs.org/newshour/extrahttp://www.pbs.org/newshour/extraMedia/Literacy
LessonNews LiteracyNews LiteracyMedia/Literacy
LessonNews Literacy courseNews Literacy courseMedia/Literacy
LessonNews Literacy lessonsNews Literacy lessons for English/language arts, science, math and social studies teachers to use in secondary-school classroomsMedia/Literacy
LessonFake NewsLesson plan: How to teach your students about fake newsMedia/Literacy
LessonProject’s checkology™ e-learning platformProject’s checkology™ e-learning platformMedia/Literacy
LessonStudent Reporting Labs CurriculumStudent Reporting Labs CurriculumMedia/Literacy
LessonMedia BiasDecoding Media BiasMedia/Literacy
LessonAssignment: Media LiteracyAssignment: Media LiteracyMedia/Literacy
LessonNews Literacy ProjectNews Literacy ProjectMedia/Literacy
VideoRacial JusticeA three-part series that explores the many ways black Americans face racial bias. These short films—Racism is Real, Black Protests vs. White Riots, and Prison System by the NumbersRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoPreying on Puerto RicoA two-part series showing how hedge funds that profit off of the misery of places like Puerto Rico are raking in massive dollars by forcing schools to close and making education unaffordable.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonCivil Rights MovementCivil Rights MovementRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonLegacy of the Civil WarCivil WarRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingThe Debate Over Reparations for Slavery in the United StatesDebate Over Reparations for SlaveryRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingWhat Is Colorism - Skin Tone Discrimination in AmericaHow does colorism play out in AmericaRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonThe Immigration Debate: A Lesson from Viva La CausaIn this lesson, students will explore social justice issues within our nation’s immigration debate—a debate that is largely connected in the public psyche to undocumented Latino workers. Students will examine a commentary by Mary Bauer, Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, that encourages everyone to take a hard look at the harm and devastation done to people of Alabama because of the state’s anti-immigrant legislation, HB 56, passed in 2011.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ActivitiesLynching
in America
Interactive website that covers a variety of topics about lynching and racial justice from a historical perspective. Includes a teacher’s guide with lessons and activities.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonIssues of PovertyIssues of Poverty” is comprised of four lessons with two overarching goals. First, the lessons aim to help students understand that poverty is systemic, rooted in economics, politics and discrimination. Second, the lessons provide evidence to show that poverty, far from being random, disproportionately affects Americans who have traditionally experienced oppression—African Americans, Latinos, immigrants and children.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoTa-Nehisi Coates – Black Boy Interrupted: American Plunder and the Incomplete Life of Jordan DavisKeynote address at the For the Public Good Conference.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonRacial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System Racialized social control has adapted to race-neutral social and political norms in the form of mass incarceration. Criminalization stands in as a proxy for overt racism by limiting the rights and freedoms of a racially defined undercaste.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonMarch on Washington, 50 Years Later: Have the Goals Been Met?Students understand and explore the demands laid out at the March on Washington and determine if those demands were met during the Civil Rights Movement and how they measure up today.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonLatino Heritage: A Discussion Activity Teaching Tolerance offers the following essays and activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of past and present struggles for Latino civil rightsRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoOur Private Idaho The episode “Our Private Idaho” takes viewers to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Once the epicenter of the Aryan Nations’ white-supremacy movements, Coeur d’Alene has nearly doubled in population in the last two decades. Nearly 90 percent of its new arrivals are white, and although the percentage of nonwhite residents is gradually increasing, it’s still tiny at 5.5 percent.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoThe Groveland FourThe false conviction of the Groveland Four for a crime that never happened serves as a foundation for the distrust between African Americans and police in the United Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoSlavery to Mass IncarcerationThe film illustrates facts about American slavery and the elaborate mythology of racial difference that was created to sustain it. Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoThe Legacy of SupremacyThe Legacy of SupremacyRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoThe Unequal Opportunity RaceThe Unequal Opportunity RaceRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingUnchaining Civil RightsThis documents and describes the institutional and structural exclusions in the four Es - employment, education, enfranchisement and equality and the ways that these exclusions result in de facto discrimination of racial minorities.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonHow Natural Disasters DiscriminateThis lesson provides an opportunity for students to define and learn more about natural disasters, reflect on their own thoughts, opinions and experiences with natural disasters and consider the ways that natural disasters do discriminate in that they impact certain identity groups in disproportionate ways.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonNoose Incidents and Their Historical ContextThis lesson provides an opportunity for students to understand the historical and current day use of the hangman’s noose, reflect on the context of the history of lynching in the U.S., consider the increase of these hate symbols and explore what can be done about it.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
Lesson UnitStealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of CommunityThis unit looks at the history and literature of stolen homes and land—from Native American “removals” to reservations, to the violent expulsions of African Americans during the 1920s and ’30s, to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. We look at the resistance that emerged. The last segment of the unit—eminent domain and urban renewal—brings the teaching back to our neighborhood and the students’ anger over gentrification that initiated our investigation.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonParallels Between Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow What are the most salient similarities between mass incarceration and Jim Crow? Mass incarceration is a system of racialized social control that, like slavery and Jim Crow before it, operates to discriminate and create a stigmatized racial group locked into an inferior position by law and custom.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonUnderstanding the Prison Label What is the long-term harm and wider impact of mass incarceration on people and communities of color? The racial caste system established and perpetuated by mass incarceration continues beyond a prison sentence and extends into families, communities and society at large. The criminalization and demonization of black men creates a “prison label” of stigma and shame that damages the black community as a whole.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingYes, You Can Measure White PrivilegeWhite PrivilegeRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
Teacher GuideCreated EqualThe Created Equal film set and websiteRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonThe Loving StoryThe Loving StoryRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoRevolution '67Copies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.REVOLUTION '67 focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Black America Since MLKRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonBanishedCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.A hundred years ago, in communities across the U.S., white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their homes. Even a century later, these towns remain almost entirely white. BANISHED tells the story of three of these communities and their black descendants, who return to learn their shocking histories. Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
LessonUnfinished Business: Would Martin Luther King Be Satisfied with the Pace of Progress? 50 years after March on WashingtonRace and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingThe Contested History of American FreedomA thematic essay by Pulitzer prize-winning historian Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America's identity and its complicated legacy.Race and Democracy : The long shadow of race in American political life
ReadingDepression Is Serious Effect of Racism on Children and Youth
Depression Is Serious Effect of Racism on Children and YouthRace Discussion
VideoSkin Color is an Illusion
Anthropologist view of skin colorRace Discussion
VideoMatter of RaceIntroduction to the topic of race from varying points of view.Race Discussion
VideoSomewhere in AmericaIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoAmbiguous about my Racial Indemnity
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoCuranderismoIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoMy Blood is Beautiful
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoIn this Shade (Colorism)
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoMass Graves
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoWolfchildIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoKevin, 2017 Poetic Address
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
LessonThe Biology of Skin Color
Penn State University anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski walks us through the evidence that the different shades of skin color among human populations arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world. Also available in Spanish.
Race Discussion
VideoRace and EthnicityRace and EthnicityRace Discussion
LessonIs Racism Dead?Students investigate events surrounding the integration of Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School and explore racial harmony in their own school. Included: A survey to determine whether racism is dead at your school.Race Discussion
LessonA Class Divided
Students will deepen their understanding of privilege and assess where they stand in relation to privileges granted to white-skinned people in a racist societyRace Discussion
ReadingTen Things Everyone Should Know About Race
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About RaceRace Discussion
ReadingThe Effects of ColorismThe Effects of ColorismRace Discussion
ReadingExamples of Subtle Racism and the Problems It Poses
Examples of Subtle Racism and the Problems It PosesRace Discussion
ReadingUnderstanding Racial Prejudice
Understanding Racial PrejudiceRace Discussion
VideoDemographic structure of society – race and ethnicity
Video from Khan AcademyRace Discussion
ReadingWhat Is Racism: A Definition and Examples What Is Racism: A Definition and ExamplesRace Discussion
ReadingWhy Interracial Friendships Are Rare Among Both Children and Adults
Why Interracial Friendships Are Rare Among Both Children and AdultsRace Discussion
ReadingWhy You Should Avoid Using Racist Language
Why You Should Avoid Using Racist LanguageRace Discussion
VideoThe Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color
By cataloging every conceivable human skin tone, Angélica Dass illustrates that skin color and race are more complex than they might appear at first glance.
Race Discussion
LessonWakandaBlack Panther Film Movie CompanionRace Discussion
LessonFacing Racism in a Diverse Nation
A six-session discussion guide to help all kinds of people take part in meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among racial and ethnic groups and create institutional and policy change. Race Discussion
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The African Americans and Black in Latin AmericaRace Discussion
LessonDialogue for Affinity Groups
A supplemental guide intended to give people with similar racial or ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to talk with each other about issues of racism in sessions preceding and following the regular diverse dialogue sessions of a community-wide study circle program. These optional discussions are designed to be used with Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation.Race Discussion
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America’s white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation?Race Discussion
LessonImpact of skin colorActivity to explore the impact of skin colorRace Discussion
LessonRace the power of an illusionCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Race - The Power of an Illusion
Episode 1- The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

By asking, What is this thing called 'race'?, a question so basic it is rarely asked, Race - The Power of an Illusion helps set the terms that any further discussion of race must first take into account. Ideal for human biology, anthropology, sociology, American history, American studies, and cultural studies.
Race Discussion
VideoSkin DeepCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Skin Deep was produced in response to the growing wave of racial hatred and violence in this country. It was made out of the belief that talking about racial issues, both in interracial dialogue and in homogeneous groups, is a necessary first step towards taking action to undo the racial inequities that permeate our institutions and communities and that affect us all deeply as individuals. Race Discussion
VideoAfro Latinos
Afro Latinos speak about race and ethnicityRace Discussion
LessonRACE: A Teacher’s Guide for Middle and High School
This teacher’s guide serves as a teaching tool to assist educators in addressing race and human variation in the classroom. The guide meets national and select state standards for science and social studies and teachers may use the various lesson plans to develop a module on race and human variation for biology, social studies or social science classes.
Race Discussion
ReadingImmigrationImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistorical Timeline
History of Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States
Legal and Illegal ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingHow Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Has EvolvedMexican ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoOrigins of Slavery in AmericaOrigins of Slavery in AmericaRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
AudioOn Crazy We Built A Nation (Seeing White, Part 4)Podcast on how the concept of citizenship was established to represent white male supremacy. Transcript also available.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonMexican American Migrations and CommunitiesReading provides historical background on Mexican AmericansRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingLiberty in Early America Reading with Links to original documents
Liberty, Diversity, and Slavery: The Beginnings of American Freedom
Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonLatino Heritage: A Discussion Activity Teaching Tolerance offers the following essays and activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of past and present struggles for Latino civil rights.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
Lesson Constitution Role Play: Whose “More Perfect Union”? and The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won?Two lessons ask students to think critically about a number of issues that confronted the original framers of the Constitution. In the second lesson (The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won?), with the Constitution Role Play as background, students are primed to wade into the actual document and analyze parts of it in a social context.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
Lesson UnitUnderstanding Ethnic Labels and Puerto Rican Identity
Understanding Ethnic Labels and Puerto Rican IdentityRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWe are Not a Nation of ImmigrantsVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWere the Founding Fathers RacistVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWhat the Founders Really Thought About RaceVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoAll Men are Create EqualVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonSlavery and the Making of AmericaAnchor LessonRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoRace, Democracy, and Citizenship: The American IdealAnchor LessonRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoDocumentedCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Documented- a film about immigrants, citizenship and American identity.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights YearsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonThe Color LineAnchor Lesson: A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. This helps students understand the origins of racism in the United States and who benefits.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonThe Rise and Demise of DACAAnchor Lesson: Students will analyze the history of recent immigration reform efforts, especially as they relate to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
• Students will evaluate arguments for and against immigration reform as well as personal stories from DACA recipients and write a response about the issue.
Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Black Panthers-In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonFebruary OneCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.February One-one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoExpanding Voting Rights: Lesson 1 The Early RepublicAnchor Lesson: The Early Republic has students examine what the Constitution did—and did not—say about voting rights; then has them explore the first major expansion of voting rights: the inclusion of white men who did not own property.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingConstitutional Topic: CitizenshipCitizenshipRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingConstitutional TopicsConstitutional TopicsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonContradictions of Freedom in a New NationContradictions of Freedom in a New NationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonConstitutional AmendmentsHip hop soundtrack of a review of the constitutional amendmentsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistory of Immigration Through the 1850sHistory of ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoTraces of the TradeCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. There is an online facilitator’s guide with discussion questions and links to other resources.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Circle Unbroken – A Gullah Journey from Africa to AmericaSlavery and the U.S. Constitution
Reading5 Key Compromises of the Constitutional ConventionConstitutional ConventionSlavery and the U.S. Constitution
VideoFrederick DouglassHow Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
ReadingPresidents Who Owned SlavesPresidents Who Owned SlavesSlavery and the U.S. Constitution
LessonServitude and RebellionQuestions and teaching ideas for Chapter 3 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the role and dissent of indentured servants in American colonial history.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
LessonSlavery and the Making of America –Teacher’s guideAnchor Lesson: The K-12 Learning portion of the SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA Web site was developed in close concert with American History and Social Studies teachers. This section of the site -- with historical fiction for grades 3-12, Lesson Plans for ages 9-18, primary sources, and a Virtual Museum with contributions from museums across the country and exhibits curated by students -- offers resources we hope you will find valuable for your classrooms.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
Reading/AudioThe Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve SlaverySecond Amendment Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
LessonAfricans in America:
America's Journey Through Slavery
The Africans in America Web site is a companion to Africans in America, a six-hour public television series. The Web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States -- from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865 -- and explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another. For each era, you'll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher's Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
ReadingConstitutional Topic: SlaveryThe Constitutional Topics are presented to delve deeper into the issue of slavery and the constitution. Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
VideoFrederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the NegroThe Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” a speech given by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY on July 5, 1852, is read by Danny Glover.Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
LessonAbout Slavery by Another Name in the ClassroomCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Slavery by Another NameSlavery and the U.S. Constitution
VideoDon’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist AttacksBystander intervention that does not rely on the police.Taking Action
ReadingDemocracy DiminishedDemocracy DiminishedTaking Action
Lesson UnitExpanding Voting RightsExpanding Voting Rights is a series of five lessons:

Lesson 1 The Early Republic
Lesson 2 African Americans Face and Fight Obstacles to Voting.
Lesson 3 The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and beyond
Lesson 4 Women’s Suffrage
Lesson 5 The 26th Amendment
Taking Action
ArticleHow the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights MovementHow the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights MovementTaking Action
ResourceRock the VoteRock the VoteTaking Action
LessonPuerto Rico: Finding Our Best Way to HelpStudents hear the performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's song "Almost Like Praying," a benefit for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Students discuss the song, see a video about how others have responded to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and consider how they might use their own talents and strengths to help.Taking Action
VideoBlack Youth VoteTaking ActionTaking Action
LessonStudent VoicesUnit plan with lessons around youth votingTaking Action
ReadingVoting Rights Act: Beyond the HeadlinesVoting Rights Act: Beyond the HeadlinesTaking Action
LessonWe the VotersWhy We March- Use this lesson plan and the short films "Why We March" and "Run Rep Run" to review political protest movements and help students envision running for office themselves Media0cracy - Use this lesson plan and the short film "MediaOcracy" to discuss how students get their news, and help them understand media bias through an investigation of three top cable news outlets.Taking Action
ArticleYoung, black activists emerge amid repeated police controversies in Chicago Young black activists and police violenceTaking Action
LessonAllies for Justice: A Lesson from Viva La CausaActivites will help students:
● Understand the power of allies in civil and human rights movements.
● Understand the importance of working well across ethnic groups, religious orientations and cultures.
● Draw on a primary source to write a poem about the importance of allies.
Taking Action
LessonBallot Battles: A Cartoon History of Voting Rights (with Lesson Plan)Ballot Battles: A Cartoon History of Voting Rights (with Lesson Plan)Taking Action
ArticleA lesson for Trump from Scott WalkerA lesson for Trump from Scott WalkerTaking Action
VideoBlack Millennial VotingBlack Millennial VotingTaking Action
VideoChicago Students for PeaceChicago Students for PeaceTaking Action
ReadingMillennials & Racial BiasWhat the Research Tells Us is Really the CaseThe Rise of a New Global Majority
LessonExamining Class and Race This lessons challenges our common assumptions about all Americans having equal opportunityThe Rise of a New Global Majority
LessonThe New DecidersThis is the anchor lesson for teaching Democracy and the Color of Change. The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.The Rise of a New Global Majority
VideoColor of ChangeThis is an intro video to the anchor lesson for teaching Democracy and the Color of Change
This is a video about the Color of Change Organization. A lesson can be developed using this video to explore issues related to Black political power.
The Rise of a New Global Majority
VideoDemocracy Is in Your HandsThis is an intro video to the anchor lesson for teaching Democracy and the Color of Change The Rise of a New Global Majority
VideoRacial demographics are Changing AmericaThis is an intro video to the anchor lesson for teaching Democracy and the Color of Change The Rise of a New Global Majority
ReadingMillennials and RacismMillennials and RacismThe Rise of a New Global Majority
Lesson Changing Demographics, Changing Identity, Changing Attitudes”Changing Demographics, Changing Identity, Changing Attitudes” is a four-lesson series that focuses on how the nation’s identity has and will continue to change as we move toward a plurality nation, how the nation responds to that evolving identity, how changing demographics relate to issues of equality, and what we can do to promote equality for all people who live in the United States.The Rise of a New Global Majority
ArticleFive Truths About Voter SuppressionFive Truths About Voter SuppressionVoting Rights/the Vote
VideoDifference between Democrat and RepublicanDifference between Democrat and RepublicanVoting Rights/the Vote
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Best Democracy Money Can Buy-Voter Suppression in the 2016 election.Voting Rights/the Vote
VideoDemocracy Is In Your HandsDemocracy Is In Your Hands | Ben & Jerry'sVoting Rights/the Vote
VideoDaily Show "2017 Alabama Senate Race"Daily Show "2017 Alabama Senate Race"Voting Rights/the Vote
VideoJose's StoryJose's StoryVoting Rights/the Vote
LessonVoter fraud or voter suppressionCritics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote. Students learn about and discuss the controversy.Voting Rights/the Vote
VideoAlabama Senator Candidates PoliciesAlabama Senator Candidates Policies Voting Rights/the Vote
Article10 Dirty Ways to Swing an Election10 Dirty Ways to Swing an ElectionVoting Rights/the Vote
Lesson UnitExpanding Voting RightsExpanding Voting Rights is a series of five lessons: Lesson 1 The Early Republic
Lesson 2 African Americans Face and Fight Obstacles to Voting.
Lesson 3 The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and beyond
Lesson 4 Women’s Suffrage
Lesson 5 The 26th Amendment
Voting Rights/the Vote
VideoNatalie's StoryNatalie's StoryVoting Rights/the Vote
LessonUse or Lose ItStudents recognize the fragile nature of the right to vote and acknowledge the need to protect that right.Voting Rights/the Vote
LessonTo Vote or Not to Vote – Lesson PlanTo Vote or Not to Vote – Lesson PlanVoting Rights/the Vote
ArticleTrump Campaign and Voter SuppressionTrump Campaign and Voter SuppressionVoting Rights/the Vote
LessonStudent VoicesUnit plan with lessons around youth votingVoting Rights/the Vote
ReadingVoter Suppression: StudentsVoter Suppression: StudentsVoting Rights/the Vote
VideoWhy VoteWhy VoteVoting Rights/the Vote
LessonVoter fraud or voter suppressionCritics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote. Students learn about and discuss the controversy.Voting Rights/the Vote