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Benefitting Teaching for Change (EIN 52-1616482)


Teach the Black Freedom Struggle Online Classes

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The Zoom link and additional information for logging into the class will be provided to registrants within the week leading up to the event and day of.

The Zinn Education Project hosts the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online classes at least once a month (generally on Mondays) at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 90 minutes. In each session, a teacher interviews the historian and breakout rooms allow participants in small groups to meet each other, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff, however, we welcome parents, students, and others.


Below are upcoming sessions and more are in the works. Register for one or more sessions. Miss a session? Recordings from previous sessions are available through each session’s dedicated resource post. Visit the Zinn Education Project to learn more and access past sessions and teaching resources.

ASL interpretation provided.

Professional development credit certificate provided upon request for attendees.


Monday, September 11, 2023: Teaching About the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veterans Courtland Cox, Jennifer Lawson, and Judy Richardson will discuss the SNCC Legacy Project and the importance of teaching about SNCC today. The SNCC Legacy Project was established after the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of SNCC to collect, present history, and analyze the organization’s work from the inside out emphasizing the thinking of SNCC veterans.


Monday, October 16, 2023: Blair L. M. Kelley on Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class

Author Blair L. M. Kelley will discuss her latest book, Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class, which uses personal narratives to highlight the community and networks of resistance that Black laborers built in the face of racism and segregation.

Blair L. M. Kelley is an award-winning author and assistant dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and associate professor of History at North Carolina State University. Kelley has produced and hosted her own podcast, has been a guest on MSNBC and NPR, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Root, The Grio, Ebony, Salon, and Jet Magazine. Kelley was highlighted as one of the top-tweeting historians by History News Network.


Monday, November 13, 2023: Michael Hines on the Fight for Black History in Schools

Historian Michael Hines will discuss his book A Worthy Piece of Work: The Untold Story of Madeline Morgan and the Fight for Black History in Schools, which details how African Americans educator activists in the early twentieth century created new curriculum around race and historical representation.

Michael Hines is a historian of American education, an assistant professor of Education, and an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. His work focuses on the educational activism of Black teachers, students, and communities during the Progressive Era (1890s–1940s). Besides his book, A Worthy Piece of Work, Dr. Hines has published articles and book chapters in the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly, Review of Educational Research, and the Journal of the History Childhood and Youth, and in popular outlets including the Washington Post, Time magazine, and Chalkbeat.


Monday, January 8, 2024: Khalil Gibran Muhammad on The Condemnation of Blackness

Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad will discuss his book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, which examines the idea of Black criminality in the making of modern urban America.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global Black history. His writing and scholarship have been featured in national print and broadcast media outlets, such as the New Yorker, Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Moyers and Company, MSNBC, and the New York Times, which includes his sugar essay for The 1619 Project.


Monday, February 5, 2024: Heather McGhee on The Sum of Us: How Racism Hurts Everyone

Policy advocate and author Heather McGhee will discuss The Sum of Us: How Racism Hurts Everyone, the young readers’ edition of her bestselling book.

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in the United States. Her first book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, was adapted into a Spotify podcast and a young adult readers’ version. In addition to testifying before Congress, drafting legislation, and developing strategies for organizations and campaigns, McGhee is chair of the board of Color of Change, an online racial justice organization fighting injustice in the U.S.


Monday, March 4, 2024: Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. on Who Hears Here?: On Black Music, Pasts and Present

Award-winning musicologist and music historian Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. will discuss his book Who Hears Here?: On Black Music, Pasts and Present.

A Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a music historian, pianist, composer, and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely-published writer, he’s the author, co-author, or editor of four music history books and many essays and articles. As a producer, label head, and leader of the band Dr. Guy’s Musiqology, Ramsey has released five recording projects and has performed at venues worldwide. Ramsey hosted the Musiqology Podcast, and Musiqology Rx is his community arts initiative that provides quality arts programming to under-served communities. He has written for and consulted with museums and galleries, and was co-curator of the acclaimed exhibition Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Ramsey has lectured on music nationally and internationally.

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