Environmental Racism, Black History, Teaching: 6 Articles I’ve Been Reading This Week

From Voices from the Infant, Toddler, and Family Field: No Words…

“Yesterday two of my friends and I had the honor of volunteering in Flint, MI for a small NGO called Crossing Water. This is a volunteer organization started by some members of the National Association of Social Workers-MI chapter.

The goal of this group is to create connections among community groups in Flint to help serve impoverished communities who are deeply affected by the current water crisis. What I saw was heart-breaking beyond words.  And it was only one day there.  I am trying to imagine living this way and I can’t.”

From The Huffington Post: 10 Things They Wont Tell You About The Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will

“Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late, can only process so much. But if you live in Flint or the state of Michigan as I do, you know all to well that what the greater public has been told only scratches the surface.”

Deray McKesson: I Am Running For Mayor of Baltimore

I have come to realize that the traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs.

From Scott Woods Makes Lists: 28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball

“A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball.

We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are hundreds of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of some just in time for Black History Month. 28 children’s picture books, most of them featuring Black children doing what all children do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream.”

From Logo’s NewNowNext: 9 LGBT People of Color Who Changed History

“As we recognize Black History Month, we also celebrate those whose voices have not been heard, whose history has not been taught.

Even within the LGBT community, there can be marginalization and exclusion—and a comfortable, conformist narrative that ignores the accomplishments of African Americans in our movement.

 Below, we celebrate nine LGBT people of color whose courage has inspired and transformed society.”

From Cult of Pedagogy: The Big List of Classroom Discussion Strategies

“So here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day.”


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, 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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