Talking to Children About the History of Slavery in the United States: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers
The 1619 Project series airing on Hulu during Black History Month reminds us of the importance for parents and caregivers, along with teachers, to talk with children about slavery in age-appropriate ways. LFJ’s new article and our supplemental resources—podcasts and short videos—provide recommendations for conversations and user-friendly access to information about the history and legacy of slavery.
- Talking to Children About the History of Slavery in the United States: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers
- Teaching Hard History: American Slavery | Classroom Videos
- Teaching Hard History Podcast
The annual National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action for 2023 is February 6-10. The guiding principles behind this event can be an important frame through which to reimagine more liberatory educational spaces for Black children and—as these LFJ resources indicate—for all children. This Black History Month, be intentional in countering censorship efforts.
- Black Lives Matter Week of Action
- Bringing Black Lives Matter Into the Classroom | Part II
- Black Visibility Matters: The Inconvenient Truths of Bias and Erasure
In the latest LFJ article, school counseling professor Riley Drake, Ph.D., outlines a model of social and emotional learning and explains “‘feeling safe’ is contextual,” especially for Black and Brown children whose needs are often overlooked in our nation’s classrooms. Relying on community partnerships, promoting mutual aid to foster solidarity and advancing restorative justice are strategies educators and other adults can employ to increase children’s feelings of safety and well-being. These LFJ resources offer more detail.
- Solidarity as Social and Emotional Safety
- Black Minds Matter
- Toolkit: The Foundations of Restorative Justice
“The civil rights movement offers a blueprint for creating meaningful social change,” writes Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ph.D. Making connections for young people between past movements and present circumstances is imperative, as is having meaningful support in place for honest conversations that can sometimes be difficult. These LFJ resources can help.
- From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students
- History Moves With Us
- A Care Plan for Honest History and Difficult Conversations
This year, as we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we want to reflect upon the reality of his mission and share with young people the complexity of both the man and the civil rights movement. In recent years, King’s legacy has been used in attacks on critical race theory and attempts to undermine social justice education. These LFJ resources—including words of wisdom from the late Rep. John Lewis—can aid in understanding the contemporary significance of the civil rights movement in countering policies that attempt to limit teaching honest history.
- Teaching About King’s Radical Approach to Social Justice
- Reflections on a Dream Deferred
- Teaching the Movement’s Most Iconic Figure
The second anniversary of the assault on the U.S. Capitol approaches with the new year, reminding us that it’s critical to help young people understand, contextualize and counter manipulative and harmful disinformation. And because online hate continues to function as a crisis-level threat to democracy, digital literacy and models to prevent and build resilience against extremism must be among contemporary solutions.
- Prevention and Resilience: Supporting Young People Through Polarizing Times
- Reimagining Digital Literacy Education to Save Ourselves
- Combating Online Youth Radicalization