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For Educators: #CharlestonSyllabus

I’m passing along this shared resource.

“Here is a list of selected readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina this week.

These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general.

They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive; please check out the#Charlestonsyllabus hashtag and the Goodreads List for additional readings.

#Charlestonsyllabus was conceived by Chad Williams (@Dr_ChadWilliams), Associate Professor ofAfrican and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. With the help of Kidada Williams (@KidadaEWilliams), the hashtag started trending on the evening of June 19, 2015.

The following list was compiled and organized by AAIHS blogger Keisha N. Blain (@KeishaBlain) with the assistance of  Melissa Morrone (@InfAgit), Ryan P. Randall (@foureyedsoul), and Cecily Walker(@skeskali). Special thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions via Twitter.”

The selected categories include readings on:

  • Charleston & South Carolina

  • Slavery

  • The Civil War & Reconstruction

  • The Confederate Flag

  • Race, Racial Violence & Jim Crow

  • Global Racism & White Supremacy

  • Race & Religion

  • The Civil Rights-Black Power Era

  • Selected works of fiction

  • Poetry

  • Selected primary resources

  • Films, Music, Websites, & other Resources


Many of the hyperlinked resources in the syllabus lead to pages that tell you where the nearest libraries are in order for you to borrow a particular book , or if it’s available in other formats.

The Charleston Syllabus as described here has also encouraged me to compile a list of articles that I’ve read lately from Activists and Bloggers which offer important analysis from different perspectives which I’ll be sharing in the future.

For more information and resources, check out #Charlestonsyllabus


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Worker, 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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