With all the gun violence and police brutality being broadcasted by traditional and social media, I keep wondering how I can help educate my children and other people on the history behind the black lives matter movement. DadE. and I feel like the best way to educate people is to get them talking. You can’t understand another person’s situation if you don’t ask questions. Swapping stories is a great way to get people talking.
You can read his post about experiencing racial profiling with his best friend here.
Need to school a tween or teenager on the history of black lives matter? Check out my lesson plans on Ted Ed.
Lesson 1: Plessy v. Ferguson – learn why this case is considered by some the jumping off point of the Civil Rights Movement
Lesson 2: Brown vs. Board of Education – take a look at the Supreme court case that paved the way for integration of public schools
Lesson 3: The Lynching of Emmett Till – The murder of a 14-year-old boy sparked outrage among Blacks across America when his mother decided on an open casket funeral.
Lesson 4: Martin Luther King Jr. – This video focuses on the most influential person the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Lesson 5: John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Before his assassination John F. Kennedy used his presidential power to draft a bill that would change the way black Americans were treated.
Lesson 6: The Freedom Riders– Find out who the Freedom Riders were and what they stood for in relation to blacks traveling on interstate public buses.
Lesson 7: The Black Panther Party – Learn about this organization, its founders and members, also mentioned are their stance on police brutality.
For the younger crowd there are numerous websites to get tips on how to teach social justice and black lives matter but I love these two in particular.
UsingTheirWords.org – is a website dedicated to educating elementary age children on social justice
EmpahyEducates.org – the linked page is to their black lives matter page which provides tips on ways to help young people deal with the tough racial/brutality issues our country is currently facing.