Hello families and educators,
It is time to listen, educate, and resolve an issue that has plagued this nation for centuries. The United States’ long, fraught history of systemic racism, inequalities and disparities has been dismissed and ignored for far too long. It is time to admit there is a problem and address the injustice being inflicted on the Black community. It is time to learn from our history and implement change. It is time for us to come together as a nation and as a community to ensure our voices are heard: Black Lives Matter.
History has taught us that when communities come together and demand change, change does happen. Let the leaders, heroes and teachers of the past inspire and guide us now. We can learn from their strength and resolution to bring equality and justice to the Black community.
DuCable Museum of African History
Take a virtual tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Founded in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, the museum features The March, a groundbreaking immersive virtual experience that allows you to attend the 1963 March on Washington. This expansive museum of African American history, culture and art promotes awareness through its exhibits of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans.
Civil Rights Movement
Transport back to a critical period of time in United States history through virtual learning produced by The Georgia Public Broadcasting, a PBS network, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education. Journey through the Civil Rights Movement with videos, compelling photo galleries, interactive maps, artwork, music and more. This in-depth exploration invites you to engage in some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee is helping start the conversation with younger children with Small but Mighty Storytime series for Young Activists and Families. This is a program that has been in place at the museum since 2017, but is now available virtually. Dory Lerner, the museum’s K-12 Educator, reads stories and demonstrates fun activities that can be done at home by students. It’s an introduction to “principles of nonviolence and peace, encourage friendship, and discuss activism.”
National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC is exclusively devoted to the life, history and culture of African Americans. The museum houses more than 36,000 artifacts, including the dress Carlotta Walls wore in 1957 on her first day of school at Little Rock Central High School. She was one of nine black students who volunteered to attend the all-white school. The group of students were later referred to as the Little Rock Nine. These nine brave teenagers were pioneers in the fight for equality.
It is time to learn from our past and inspire our future.
Silence is compliance.