Across the country, educators’ and students’ hearts and minds have been captured by the police murder of unarmed, 18-year-old, African American, Michael Brown, and the ensuing uprising of the people of Ferguson. Educators in Ferguson and around the nation are rising to the challenge of engaging with the transformative purposes of education. The LCN Teaching Initiative would like to share their resources to support faculty with engaging students in learning, reflection, dialogue and action around the events of Ferguson and issues of racism, police brutality and inequality.
In August 2014, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, tweeted a call for resources (#FergusonSyllabus) for educators to talk to young people heading back to school. Educators from around the nation began collecting and sharing articles, books, videos, and photos to aid educators in lesson ideas that engage students in a critical dialogue about the meaning of Michael Brown’s death and the mass uprising it has inspired.
Here is a comprehensive compilation of resources:
Finally, the #FergusonSyllabus project itself seeks to engage faculty in addressing community needs. Dr. Chatelain has asked those who benefit from the #FergusonSyllabus twitter campaign to consider donating an item to an under-resourced school, prison literacy program, or community center. She has asked people to write the words “Ferguson Freedom Library” on the item being donated. The expression Freedom Library comes from the Freedom Summer Project of 1964. Civil rights activists created Freedom Schools to educate children and adults alike!
We would love to hear from you if you decide to use any of these resources. Please share your experiences with us by replying below to the blog post.