On the centennial of her birth, the founder of the Mississippi Freedom Party remains one of the most compelling figures of the civil rights movement. Fannie Lou Hamer faced much prejudice: she was given a hysterectomy (known as a "Mississippi Appendectomy") and unable to bear children as a result, she was arrested and horribly beaten in jail, yet she worked tirelessly to register black voters. Read her story in this Washington Post article.
Learn about the detrimental (and even deadly) impact racism has on our minds and bodies — and what society can do to heal and support the wellbeing of all. Choose one TED Talk to use for a source in your Socratic Discussion.
In her memoir, Negroland, Margo Jefferson describes growing up black and affluent in 1950s Chicago. Jefferson tells Fresh Air it was a world of sophistication — and snobbery. (34 min. audio with text)
“America has always viewed unregulated Black reproduction as dangerous. For three centuries, Black mothers have been thought to pass down to their offspring the traits that marked them as inf…
The rapper says he knew that releasing a nine-minute song that called out his own privilege would — and should — be seen by some as an unwelcome co-opting of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This work of fiction explores our conceptions about race and privilege.
On May 16, 1997, President Clinton invited the Tuskegee Study survivors to the White House for a formal apology. Pres. Clinton said, "the United States government did something that was wrong - deeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens... and I am sorry."