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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Video: Black Lives Matter Holds National Week of Action At Schools

The Real News Network Public school teachers Jesse Hagopian of Seattle and Cristina Duncan Evans of Baltimore discuss the Feb. 5-10 week of action aimed at bringing social justice into classrooms across the country. https://youtu.be/D1nIV9yHPvE Cristina Duncan Evans has been an educator in City Schools for 12 years and is currently an Elementary and Middle …

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#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool is a National Uprising for Racial Justice

by Jesse Hagopian Educators in America know all too well that the school-to-prison pipeline is not just a political catchphrase. Those who work with students of color know this pipeline is as real as any other.   “It extends across this country,” says Seattle educator, attorney, and organizer Nikkita Oliver. This is why from February …

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What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should

  By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian, first published at the Zinn Education Project Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers. The first issue of …

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Black to School: The Rising Struggle to Make Black Education Matter

A world where Black lives matter and Black education is empowering will not come easily. It won't be funded by benevolent philanthropists. It won't be promoted by corporate lobbyists or legislated by the politicians they own. It will only happen with an uprising beyond even the scale and militancy of the last century's civil rights and Black Power movements. The contradictions of unhinged police murder of Black people in the "land of the free," coupled with corporate education reformers' racist schooling policies enacted in the name of "closing the achievement gap," are already producing large-scale, renewed social unrest. The question of how powerful this movement grows is up to us.