CONFRONTING ANTI-BLACK RACISM
Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities. Resources include news coverage of recent protests, videos on the origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement and protests against police brutality within the past decade, iconic PBS documentaries on the histories of race and racism in America, and activities addressing civic engagement and elevating students’ voices.
Meet Zora Neale Hurston
Take your class on an adventure to meet one of the most prominent authors in history, Zora Neale Hurston. Use these video clips, teaching tips, and biosketches to transport your students on a quest through time with Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they learn valuable lessons about the importance of storytelling.
The First Black Woman In Space: From Chicago to the Stars
As a young girl, Mae Jemison spent most of her free time staring up at the stars hoping to one day be able to go to space. Several years later, Jemison would apply to be an astronaut and blast off into history by becoming the first Black woman to travel into space. Learn more about Mae Jemison’s journey to becoming an astronaut and her mission into space, in NOVA’s ”The Secret Life of Scientists”.
Black Women In STEM
Representation is important both inside and out of the classroom. Black women make up only a small percentage of individuals in most STEM fields. In addition, women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics face more challenges than their male counterparts. Despite all hurdles, Dr. Bridgette Shannon, a chemist, stayed true to her love and passion for science and has become both a leader and role model. Use this short video to teach your class about different STEM roles, and possibly inspire a couple future scientists in your classroom!