Racial Injustice & the African American Experience

This three-part webinar series will explore the social, legal, and political inequities and injustices that African Americans have faced in the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll begin by exploring the social legacies of slavery and discuss the discrimination that black Americans have faced and continue to face within the U.S. legal system. A discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement will complete the series. The webinar format will allow participants to engage with presenters and share their questions. Classroom resources and teaching strategies will also be shared.

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Developing empathy; Inquiry; Analyzing point of view & purpose; Empowering informed action

DATES: January 30, February 15, March 14, 2018
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. EST, NEW TIME for March 14, 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
PDPs (New for 2016-2017!): 10*

The Legacies of Slavery: Race, Society & Memory
Tuesday, January 30. 2018
In this webinar, Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University will explore the social ramifications of slavery that have persisted for more than 150 years, in spite of emancipation, the ratification of the 14th Amendment, and achievements like the Voting Rights Act. By situating present-day issues such as “urban blight” and de facto segregation in schools, among others, within larger historical contexts, we’ll be better able to recognize these social injustices as the ongoing repercussions of centuries of enslavement.

The Injustice System: African Americans and the Law from Jim Crow to Today
Thursday, February 15, 2018
In this webinar, Dr. David Harris, the Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, will guide educators in an exploration of the race-based inequities of the U.S. legal system since the turn of the 20th century. We’ll pay particular attention to the prevalence of lynchings and kangaroo courts below the Mason Dixon line through midcentury, unequal policing practices that are widespread in many police departments across the country, and the school-to-prison pipeline, which has contributed to the incarceration of a disproportionate number of black Americans in our own time.

Teaching Black Lives Matter
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
In our final webinar in the series, we’ll tie together our explorations of the social and legal injustices and inequalities that African Americans face by focusing on the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. We’ll examine the birth and objectives of the movement and situate BLM within the larger context of social movements since the second half of the 20th century. Lauryn Mascareñez, the manager of teaching and learning for Teaching Tolerance at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will also highlight pedagogical strategies that teachers can use in order to talk and teach about BLM in the classroom in constructive, meaningful ways.

Open to all K-12 educators.

*PDP credit available for teacher participation in the full series.  




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