June 12 is the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, which ended the criminalization of interracial marriage. Use this primary source text written by Mildred Loving, as well as our recommendations to incorporate the film The Loving Story in the classroom, to help students understand the gravity of this historic case. And look for the spotlight on The Loving Project in the podcast feature.
As we celebrate Pride by honoring queer trailblazers, we want to especially uplift Black and Brown trans women and gender nonconforming people of color who led liberation movements nationwide. Out of the Stonewall Uprising came the very celebration of Pride we know today—and we have activists like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy to thank. Use these resources to center queer Black and Brown activists who fought back against police brutality and oppression while also teaching about the continued fight for justice.
On May 31, 1921, white supremacist terrorists attacked the Greenwood community in Oklahoma, killing up to 300 Black residents and burning over 1,000 homes. We don’t know the exact number: For too long, the history of this and other acts of racist terror across the United States were intentionally kept quiet. We urge you to teach the truth about Tulsa and other hard histories. These resources can help.
May 25 marks one year since the murder of George Floyd, which sparked a pivotal groundswell of activism across the country. As we honor him and all those who have died at the hands of police, we must not waver in our fight against racism and police violence. It’s important that we all center the lived experiences of students and educators of color and support young activists who stand up against racial injustice. These resources help to critically examine anti-racist practices and provide tools to support youth leadership.
This Mental Health Awareness Month, we hope you find time and space to take care of yourself and support your students. These resources, including an article introducing the Crisis Text Line, recommend practices that can be used at the district, school or classroom level.