Learning for Justice Magazine

Issue 4, Spring 2023

Cover of Learning for Justice Magazine issue 4.

For the greater good of our democracy and nation, we must center the power and autonomy of people in the South engaged in the narrative of liberation.

As the attacks on democracy intensify and children’s education and their very well-being are threatened, Learning for Justice Director Jalaya Liles Dunn emphasizes that “the victories for justice must be fought for and by ordinary people in the South together with allies from other parts of the nation.”

This issue highlights the deep-rooted legacies of power and justice in communities in the South. In today’s battle for education and our democracy, as Liles Dunn explains, “The story we share is that all our liberation is bound together.”


A Refuge for LGBTQ+ Young People

Student-run Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) clubs are a federally protected space for young people to survive and thrive in the increasingly hostile anti-LGBTQ+ climate in schools and across the country.

Dear Young Person, You Are Valued

Activists Nikole Parker and Brandon Wolf from Equality Florida emphasize the need for each of us to advocate for safer schools where all young people are valued.

Survival, Resistance and Resilience

Honoring the lives of enslaved people, the Whitney Plantation’s learning tour deepens our understanding of slavery in the United States, the people who survived it and their legacies.

Disability Is Diversity

Embracing diversity means accepting disability as a part of the total human experience and being intentional about practices that remove barriers to learning so all children can thrive.

Healing Through Restoration and Transformation

A community Freedom School model in Mississippi embraces transformative practices to strengthen relationships and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, illustrating the power of communities to effect change.



The Power of Place

LFJ Director Jalaya Liles Dunn explains that “the victories for justice must be fought for and by ordinary people in the South together with allies from other parts of the nation.”
Why I Teach

A Chorus of Reasons Why We Teach

“Under these conditions, why would teachers teach? Here are some of our reasons.” The dedicated teachers and staff at a Jackson, Mississippi, elementary school share what keeps them committed to teaching.
Youth Activism

For Students, By Students

Youth activists co-create a scalable anti-racist curriculum with an emphasis on action to aid in the national fight for justice.
Why I Serve

Where I’m From

Lolita Bolden reflects on history and the love of community while sharing a poem.
Mental Health Matters

Self-Care in the Movement

Being healthy and nurturing ourselves enable giving that stems from general well-being and overflow.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Learning for Justice loves to read! Check out a few of our favorite books for diverse readers and educators.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these LFJ-approved films!
Story Corner

The Shoebox Lunch

Inside a precious metal box are remnants of history that reveal a family’s story of resistance, resilience and love.
One World

Ida B. Wells

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”