Black Lives Matter Syllabus – Taught and Designed by Frank Leon Roberts, New York University.

Video Credit: John McFadden (http://www.mcfantasy.com/) Award winning activist Shaun King joined our NYU seminar on Black Lives Matter for an intimate dialogue about Election 2016, and the future of the movement for…


Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general.

Teaching the #FergusonSyllabus | Dissent Magazine

Marcia Chatelain ▪ November 28, 2014 When the unrest in Ferguson unfolded in August, I was among the millions transfixed by the images broadcast live from the heartland. Ferguson’s first act featured a grief-stricken community, the choreography of “hands up, don’t shoot,” and police officers costumed like soldiers-all performed on a tear-gassed stage.

The Luke Cage Syllabus: A Breakdown of All the Black Literature Featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage

On September 30, 2016, I was excitedly looking forward to discussing Luke Cage and its many allusions to hip hop, which included Notorious B.I.G.’s portrait, Method Man trading hoodies with Luke, and each of the episodes bearing the titles of Gang Starr songs.



Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities.

Platform – The Movement for Black Lives

Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent …


Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time

Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

The Mountaintop Ain’t Flat | Regina Bradley | TEDxSavannah

With a splash of humor, scholar Regina Bradley explores how hip hop is used as a tool of reckoning in the contemporary Black American South. Regina N. Bradley, the 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University, is an assistant professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both.

How to raise a black son in America | Clint Smith

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father’s furious and fearful response.

Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

Black Lives Matter with Prof. Melina Abdullah

The sharp rise of police and security agencies’ brutality and shooting of unarmed African-American (and Latino) people has brought about a national movement–Black Lives Matter–against the killings. A informative panel discussion on Black Lives Matter was held at UCLA on May 4th, 2015. The panelists were: Prof. Justin Hansford, Prof.

Black Lives Matter: 4 Ways of Understanding the Movement (Frank Leon Roberts)

From the event “Broadway For Black Lives Matter,” at Columbia Law School. Frank Leon Roberts (New York University) Introduced by Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple). Followed by performance of “Change Gonna Come” by Grammy Award Winning Artist Ledisi. To learn more about BroadwayforBlackLives visit www.Broadwayblack.com/Bway4BLM Livestream of full event available at: http://livestream.com/accounts/252871…

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