The Moment Archive

The Moment is LFJ’s online editorial column, which contains articles and content to address what is happening in social justice education—and society—right now.
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Understanding 'Brown' in the Context of Inclusive Education

May 17, 2024, marks the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions and a major victory for the Civil Rights Movement. We must, however, resist the simplified narrative of the end of segregation and teach a more comprehensive story that includes analyzing Brown’s complex impact, the opposition to desegregation, and the ongoing movement for inclusive education.

Centering Black Girls in School Safety

School hardening policies—such as the presence of police and security, metal detectors, and harsh discipline codes—contribute to a criminalization culture in schools and students being pushed out of classrooms and into the school-to-prison pipeline. For Black girls, this criminalization culture causes serious additional harms.

Freedom To Read, Freedom To Learn

May 3 is the Freedom To Learn National Day of Action, a day of advocacy for inclusive education and young people’s freedom to read, learn and build a just future. Our collective responsibility is to counter disinformation, uplift honest history and engage our communities to serve all children.

Learn About and Advocate for Education and a More Inclusive Society

Do you believe in strengthening our democracy? Do you support a more inclusive society? In responding to book bans, educational censorship and attempts at excluding some communities from public school spaces, Learning for Justice’s magazine and publications offer guidance and inspiration on critical issues in education.

Teaching Toward Liberation

In our newest Q&A, author and educator Jamilah Pitts shares her thoughts on liberation education and recommendations from her new book, Toward Liberation. Teaching is undeniably difficult, and historically racist educational institutions make it harder. But Pitts offers a vision that leaves space for joy through a teaching practice that is liberatory rather than oppressive.