What's the "Rooney Rule?" Help students understand historical and current discriminatory practices in the NFL, learn why former head coach Brian Flores filed a class action lawsuit, and explore possible strategies to address inequities in the NFL.
What is privilege and how does it impact the criminal justice system? Students reflect on the killing of Michael Brown through the lens of race, privilege and power andexamine the various levels of racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
What a Black Man Wants: The 15th Amendment and the Right to Vote
One of the most outspoken proponents of the 15th Amendment was Frederick Douglass, a national leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery. Students will analyze Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants," and his argument for why Black men should have the right to vote.
Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues: Correcting an Injustice
In the late 1800’s, Black professional baseball players were banned from playing in the major leagues.Teach students about thehistory of the Negro Leagues, the segregation of Black players and MLB's decision to makesome Negro League player statistics part of MLB history.
Explore the concept of racism with young people through the perspective of This Is Usyoung actor Lonnie Chavis. Help studentsanalyze the interpersonal and institutional ways that racism manifest and reflect on their own experiences.
Casting of 'The Little Mermaid' Brings Pride and Prejudice
An African-American actress was chosen for the role of Ariel in the remake of The Little Mermaid. Elementary and middle school students explore the significance of the casting decision and the impact of diversity and representation in different forms of media.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the evolution of the Boy Scouts’ position on gay members and leaders, analyze Robert Gates’ recent speech on the issue and explore students’ own points of view by writing persuasive essays.