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Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Policing & Protest: Current Events & News

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.

Primary Documents & News Sources

Racism, White Privilege, & Police Brutality

Video Coverage


Standoff in Ferguson, August 14, 2014 | The New York Times



Shocking Mistake in Darren Wilson Grand Jury, November 26, 2014 | MSNBC



Hashtags

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

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

From http://dmlcentral.net/blog/nicole-mirra/ferguson-social-media-and-educational-dialogue:

  • “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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