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IF WE ARE TO TEACH DIFFERENTLY, WE MUST THINK DIFFERENTLY. ~ BK, Blog Curator, Black American OURstory

  1. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks
  2. A Companion to the Study of History, by Michael Stanford
  3. Teaching for Social Justice, Edited by William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, & Therese Quinn
  4. The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954, by William H. Watkins
  5. Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, by Lisa Delpit
  6. Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, by Howard Gardner
  7. On the Teaching & Writing of History, by Bernard Bailyn
  8. Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child, by Amos N. Wilson
  9. How to Study History, by Norman F. Cantor & Richard I. Schneider
  10. Testing African-American Students, Edited by Asa G. Hilliard, III
  11. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History, by James W. Loewen
  12. The Community Teacher: A New Framework for Effective Urban Teaching, by Peter C. Murrell, Jr.
  13. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, by Sam Wineburg
  14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  15. Making Their Mark: Educating African-American Children, A Bold New Plan for Educational Reform, by Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr.
  16. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks

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Last year, Project Gado released more than 1,700 new historical photos from the Afro-American Newspapers through our partnership with Getty Images. The newly-released photos includes hundreds of gems depicting celebrities and entertainers of the last century, as well as important documentary materials, like 50+ photos depicting segregated schools and public facilities in Baltimore City. 

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Clergy had the most incredible response to police using Black mugshots for target practice

In December, while visiting a shooting range in Medley, Florida, National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant came to a horrifying realization: Members of the North Miami Beach police force, who had just left the facility, had been using mugshots of young black men for target practice.

In response, these clergy members created #usemeinstead

Meet the ‘Radical Brownies’ — Girl Scouts for the modern age

By Jorge Rivas

Not all girl scouts are concerned with peddling shortbread cookies. There’s one troop of young girls in Oakland who discuss matters of racial inequality and wear brown berets in homage of radical civil rights groups.

The girls, ages 8-to-12, are part of the “Radical Brownies,” an edgier, younger version of the Girl Scouts where girls earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.

Radical Brownies is dedicated to providing young girls of color relevant life experiences, explains the group’s co-founder Anayvette Martinez.

Martinez, a community organizer, created the Radical Brownies with Marilyn Hollinquest because “there aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of color] in our society.” The Radical Brownies of Oakland launched last month and already includes 12 girls. All the members are girls of color or mixed-race. The Radical Brownies are not affiliated with the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The founders say once the program expands to multiple chapters the organization will be open to everybody, but the program will always remain focused on young girls of color.

In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group Brown Berets. They wear their brown berets in homage to those two groups. But they also study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and how that can affect self-image.

The Radical Brownies have their own badge system, including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge. The girls also earned a “Black Lives Matter” badge after learning about police accountability and attending a civil rights march in Oakland.

“I think it’s never too early to have these conversations with young people,” Martinez told Fusion.

“Children are more aware than we think; it’s important to not shelter children from real issues that we’re living,” she said. “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”

The troop is ready to attend more protest and will soon launch a fundraising campaign on their Facebook page to raise money for a banner and a megaphone.

The Talk by Michael D’Antuono

"All parents dread the day they must have "the talk” with their teen-age son or daughter. That’s the day parents officially face the possibility that their “child” is already having sex, or at least seriously considering it, so it’s time to deliver the warning about unwanted pregnancies, the dangers of STDs and the emotional, long-term turmoil either can create.

That’s a universally uncomfortable conversation, but as shown in the aftermath to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, parents of black boys carry the burden of delivering a second “talk” of even greater significance. If it’s not given, the result may be the incarceration or death of their child at the hands of police or the so-called friendly neighborhood watch volunteer…”

 'The Talk' Has a Double Meaning for Black People, Ron Thomas

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11 Black icons you won’t hear about on MLK Jr. day — but absolutely should

In honor of a holiday that has come to represent the spirit of the civil rights movement, we’ve compiled a list of the heroes you probably won’t hear about on Monday. These are the people who marched in the streets of Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, side by side with King, who delivered inspiring speeches about civil rights and ending racial oppression, icons who, in their distinct way, expanded King’s vision of “the revolution for human rights” to include women and queer people.  

The names you should commit to memory

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'You're Really Nice, but I Don't Date Black Guys': Racism or Preference?

Nelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he’d encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to.  Watch the full video here.

(Source: Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit archive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories.)

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I Am Mixed (via Stranger Comics)

"…we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents. “I Am Mixed is an invaluable teaching tool that all children from all races can learn from.”Halle Berry

Written by Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian A. Jones

Art by James C. Webster, Layouts by Darrell May

Adorable Black gay dads show what a “normal” family looks like 

"A picture is so much more than a thousand words." 

In the case of Kordale and Kaleb, the gay black couple whose Instagram picture of them doing their daughters’ hair went viral last year, pictures say so much more. 

The Atlanta, Georgia, couple, along with their three kids, is back in the headlines after being featured in a touching new video as part of Nikon’s I Am Generation Image campaign. The sweet video is only two minutes long but continues the family’s tradition of challenging ideas about both gay men and black families.