Dorothee Benz is a writer, organizer and strategist who has spent decades on the frontlines of social justice struggles in the United States. Professionally, she spent three decades in communications, having served most recently as the communications director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the chief communications officer at Lambda Legal, after many years of work in the labor movement. In addition, she has been active both as a writer and organizer in the service of numerous movements throughout her career, from the anti-apartheid movement to the immigrant rights movement. Her professional and organizing work are complemented by her scholarly work; she holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in political science, with an expertise in social movements. Recognition of Benz’s work includes dozens of labor journalism awards, and she is an effective and sought-after speaker, preacher, teacher and facilitator. Follow her on Twitter @DrBenz3.

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Going Beyond the Textbook

Teachers are using the textbook—and going beyond it—to change history education from the ground up.
Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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