Black Life Matters

“A Crowdsourced Syllabus about Race, African American History, Civil Rights, and Policing”

Black Life Matters

Last week I shared a note about the existence of the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag.

Yesterday, Dr Marcia Chatelain, who started #FergusonSyllabus published an article at The Atlantic where she tells the story of how it began, and shares a list of selected resources that can be helpful to spark thought and dialogue about Ferguson.

The selected categories include resources for:

  • Teaching about race and Ferguson

  • African American History/Civil Rights in the United States

  • Children’s books

  • Community Organizing, Leadership/Activism

  • Educational Issues

  • Film

  • Media Studies and Journalism

  • Other Educational Hashtags on Twitter

  • Personal Reflections–* My Note, “How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?” was mentioned in this category

  • Poetry

  • Policing

  • Race & Violence in America

“The following list was compiled by a community of teachers, academics, community leaders, and parents to teach about some aspect of the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a snapshot of the recommendations that has been edited. The contributions continue on Twitter.”

Visit the Full Article:

How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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