The Teaching for Black Lives campaign provides teachers support, resources, and encouragement to teach young people honestly about systemic racism and how to organize for justice.
Through multiple opportunities — classes, study groups, workshops — educators are invited into a national network of teachers, school librarians, counselors, administrators, and school staff who are defying efforts to ban what students can learn in school by vowing to teach for Black lives.
Success to Date
The Teaching for Black Lives Campaign launched in the summer of 2020. Since that time, we have:
- Sponsored 328 teacher study groups in 43 states
- Hosted 46 Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online classes
- Offered free lessons for teachers to use in their classrooms
- Created and supported Teach Truth Days of Action across the country
- Supported thousands of teachers facing attacks in their schools and communities
- Produced and disseminated the first national report analyzing K–12 curriculum standards on Reconstruction
- Led dozens of curriculum-writing workshops
- Distributed more than 16,000 young adult people’s history books to classrooms
- Ensured classroom teachers had a voice in local and national media coverage of anti-truth laws
The Teaching for Black Lives campaign has provided support to thousands of teachers and students as they face an unprecedented combination of challenges: the pandemic, structural racism, police violence, and the attacks on teaching Black history with legislation in a growing number of states.
We Need You
Your support can help make our schools sites of resistance, justice, joy, and liberation.
With your support, the Teaching for Black Lives campaign can ensure that educators are sustained in their pursuit of racial justice.
Teaching for Black Lives is a campaign of:
The campaign was launched in 2020 with support of Doug and Tara Baldwin, the Carroll Family Fund, Tricia Davis and Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore), Zach Quillen, the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, and Bobby Wagner. In 2022, the campaign was featured in My Cause, My Cleats.
Current supporters include the Carroll Family Fund, Tricia Davis and Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore), Dorothy Lemelson Foundation, One Roof Foundation, Players Coalition, Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, and individual donors.