Advocate for Black Lives

Learning must lead to action.

Not only is it critical that we teach for Black lives, we must also organize in support of Black lives and against anti-Black racism. This is all of our work: students, educators, parents, administrators, and community members.

Advocacy Resources

Pledge to Teach the Truth

In response to a growing number of education laws that attempt to legislate a dishonest account of racism and sexism in U.S. history, teachers are signing a pledge that states: “We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events.”

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Take the Pledge >>
Plan a Teach Truth Day of Action >>

Black Lives Matter at School

Black Lives Matter at School is a national movement organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join the annual Black Lives Matter at School week of action during the first week of February each year.​ Additionally, there are Black Lives Matter at School “Year of Purpose” activities throughout the school year.

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Books & Study Groups

Facilitated by the Zinn Education Project, study groups are a free professional learning opportunity open to teachers across the United States. Study group participants can dive deeper into Teaching for Black Lives and create action plans.

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Advocacy Stories

As States Build Barriers to Racial Justice Teaching, Educators Fight Back

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In the face of the growing number of anit-history education bills, teachers nationwide have been standing up to register their resistance and solidarity, organizing rallies, supporting school board candidates who…
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The People’s History They Don’t Want Our Students to Know

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As you know, the right-wing attacks on racial justice teaching have become more shrill, more frightening. But despite claims of “political indoctrination” — or worse — specific descriptions of problematic teaching are…
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