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Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Policing & Protest: Home

This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point for students and faculty to gain a better understanding of the deaths of unarmed individuals by police officers and the protests that centered on notable cases in 2014.


The All-Nite Images, 20141128, Black Lives Matter Black Friday

[The All-Nite Images, 20141128; Black Lives Matter Black Friday; NYC action in solidarity with Ferguson. Mo, encouraging a boycott of Black Friday Consumerism. (CC BY-SA 2.0)]

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, a black, unarmed man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, MO, on August 9, 2014. There were conflicting viewpoints regarding the events leading up to Brown's killing on whether he was surrendering or approaching Wilson. In November, a grand jury did not indict Wilson. Both Mike Brown's death and the grand jury's decision led to protests across the country touching on racial tensions and police brutality. Police in Ferguson reacted with a militarized response, both immediately following the event and again after non-indictment, exacerbating the unrest. Darren Wilson later resigned from the police force. As of December 2014, protests continue and greater discussion is happening around the country regarding structural racism and violence toward black people by white police.

This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point for students and faculty to gain a better understanding of the unjust deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many others. Using appropriate pedagogical strategies and resources, instructors can help students interrogate the racism endemic to police power, the state, and the criminal justice system. We will try to keep this guide as up-to-date as we can.


#HashtagSyllabusMovement  - Collected by: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

#fergusonsyllabus ; #BlackLivesMatter; @fergusonlibrary -- After #FergusonSyllabus came #BaltimoreSyllabus, and after that came #CharlestonSyllabus.


  • “The #fergusonsyllabus hashtag has generated a list of readings, films, songs, and other multimedia resources that could sustain a lifelong series of classes in the history of race in America and beyond.
  • The #fergusoninclass hashtag has offered a powerful platform for young people to express their opinions, ideas, hopes, and fears about the Ferguson decision and so much more about the experience of race in America. It also offers teachers a starting point for communicating with fellow educators and devising their own ways of broaching difficult but necessary conversations with their students.
  • And the #fergusonnext hashtag is pushing all of us to think about how we channel our sorrow and frustration into a sustained movement for change. It has morphed into a website, supported by various media partners, where users can offer concrete suggestions for change on topics ranging from police and education reform to economic empowerment."ashtagSyllabusMovement

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This LibGuide was based on Ferguson Resources, University of Arizona Libraries. Last Date Updated Dec 17, 2014. Web. 

MLA Citation: "Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Policing & Protest." LaGuardia Community College Library Research Guides. LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Last Date Updated. Web. Date Accessed.

We welcome any additions or corrections: contact Ann Matsuuchi,, LaGuardia Community College Library

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