Announcing The 2018 “Black Education Matters Student Activist Award” Winners

This year's Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners have received their prizes! Starting an award for young racial justice activists has been one of the best things I have ever done. Getting to give each young changemaker $1,000, public recognition, networking with their peers, and the opportunity to collaborate with four time NFL Pro …

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Black Lives Matter in Our Schools: Developing an Anti-Racist Pedagogy

First published in TruthOut.org Empowering Black students to become change makers is a key goal of the book, Teaching for Black Lives. Editors Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian and Wayne Au have assembled a cogent group of essays that offer the opportunity for developing an anti-racist pedagogy. Truthout interviewed one of the editors, Jesse Hagopian, who …

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Black To School With The New Book, “Teaching for Black Lives”: “Every school in the country needs this.”

It has been exhilarating to read the reviews that are steaming in about Teaching for Black Lives, the new book I co-edited with Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au. Recent reviews include The Washington Post who called the book, “A handbook to help all educators fight racism” and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the …

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“I Dreamed I saw Mike Brown Last Night”

Today marks four years since Ferguson police officer Darrin Wilson murdered 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street. Last night I wrote a song that I sung to my son based on the song “Joe Hill” about the great labor organizer, musician, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) who was framed on …

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WATCH: “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”–Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett in conversation with Jesse Hagopian

Of course we are supposed to score the touchdowns...but at the same time we also are supposed to speak for the people who don't have a voice. --Michael Bennett Last night was one of the more meaningful and and enjoyable evenings of my life. I had the great honor of joining Super Bowl champion, three …

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