On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved a joint
resolution to submit the proposed 13th Amendment, abolishing
slavery, to the state legislatures. While the history of Black
Americans involves so much more than slavery, it is imperative
that students fully understand the institution of slavery, its
dissolution and the aftermath in order to understand today’s
We have compiled some meaningful collections of resources
for Black History Month. These resources may be of interest
to educators in the classroom, unions, and families and
For days, hundreds of thousands of people have filled the streets of 160 cities across the country, even during the coronavirus pandemic, expressing their outrage and grief at the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Two Black leaders of the CFT, with long histories of fighting for racial equity, say they could not help being profoundly moved by the murder itself, and the outpouring of rage in response.
“When we say Black Lives Matter, we’re saying that we need an
agenda that puts our lives right up there with everyone else’s,”
said Christopher Wilson, from Alliance San Diego, a group
mobilizing for change in low-income communities and communities
Wilson spoke at the Classified Conference on October 8, before
attending the funeral for Alfredo Olango, a black man killed by
police in nearby El Cajon.
In February, Berkeley teachers posted 1,000 “Black Lives
Matter” signs in classrooms, hallways, administrative offices and
on school grounds to highlight recent court decisions on the
police shootings of young black men. They are also distributing
“Black Lives Matter” lesson plans and resources to teachers in
every grade level at the nearly 20 district sites.