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.
Should Corporations Speak Out on Voter Suppression Laws and Other Injustices?
Teach students about the law Georgia passed thatrestricts and suppresses voting across the state.Students reflect onperspectives about the role corporations and other powerful entities should play in speaking out on social justice issues.
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.
August 2020 marksthe centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Help high school students understand how racism played a role in Black women beingexcluded from the right to vote.
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.
Masks have became a part of our attire due to the global pandemic. Use this lesson to teach students the different purposes for wearing masks, how they are used to express identity and why mask wearing may be dangerous for some due to racial stereotypes and biases.
22-year-old digital artist, O’Plérou Grebet,created his own emojis, reflecting life in contemporary West Africa. Help students learn why representing one's culture, nation and identity is important in using emojis.
On-Screen Diversity: Why Visibility in Media Matters
Our country is becoming increasingly diverse. Help students consider the importance of representation and visibility in entertainment as they examine the movies and television shows they watch for a portrayal of diversity in characters.
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 plan helps 8-12 grade students explore and understand the current landscape of elected officials and Presidential hopefuls andhow the 2018 midterm electionbroke records and barriers regarding diversity.