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.
An increasing number of people are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Teach high students about the Electoral College and its origins, as well as the more contemporary movement advocating for the National Popular Vote and the interstate compact that would support it.
Felony disenfranchisement can impact elections and local laws in a variety of ways. High school students learn about felony disenfranchisement, discuss the pros and cons and whether it should remain intact.
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.
With a steady increase among young adults who vote, help high school students explorethe role and importance of the youth vote, consider barriers to the youth vote, and propose ideas for taking action.
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.
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 reflect on their thoughts and feelings as well as those of their classmates, learn more about the campaign and election, consider the candidates’ final speeches and express their thoughts in a letter they write to the President-elect.
High school students explore voting restrictions today and gain insight into what can be done to preserve the right to vote as they learn about the historical struggle for voting rights and the Selma to Montgomery March.